The Romanian gymnastic team used to dominate the world gymnastic field, but fell a distant third at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and did not even place at last year's world championships. The team collapsed after Mariana Bitang and Octavian Belu left the team.
During training on Thursday, Iordache practiced on the uneven bars and balance beam and coach Mariana Bitang said there was just a 50% chance Iordache would participate in all four events. "It's very, very difficult. She was the most important piece of the team," Bitang said.
Competition began on Sunday with Iordache qualifying for all-around. Iordache has been called the "new Nadia". She led the Romanians to an upset of the Russians at Europeans, where she won the title on the floor exercise and came in second on beam. Last year she won six medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival, including the all-around title and golds on floor exercise and balance beam.
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