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Andreea Mădălina Răducan (born 30 September 1983) is a retired gymnast from BârladRomania.

Răducan began competing in gymnastics at a young age and was training at the Romanian junior national facility by the age of 12½. As one of the outstanding gymnasts of the Romanian team in the late 1990s, Răducan was known both for her difficult repertoire of skills and her dance and presentation. Over her four-year senior career, she won Olympic or World Championships medals on every event except the uneven bars and earned three individual World Championships titles, on thefloor exercise in 1999 and 2001 and the balance beam in 2001.

Răducan competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she contributed strongly to the Romanian team's gold medal and won an individual silver medal on the vault. She was also the original winner of the all-round title, but was disqualified andstripped of her gold medal shortly after the competition conclude

d, when it was revealed that she had failed doping controls, testing positive for pseudoephedrine, at the time a banned substance. She and her coaches maintained that she had been given the substance in two cold medicine pills by a Romanian team physician, and that they had not affected her performance in any way.

The case generated a significant amount of media attention, and Răducan was supported by members of the gymnastics community and the Romanian public. Her case was brought to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in fall 2000. Răducan herself was exonerated of any personal wrongdoing by the CAS, the Romanian Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation, and was not subject to any disciplinary measures. However, her medal was not reinstated, and the team doctor who administered the medicine was banned for two Olympic cycles.

Răducan returned the year after the Olympics to win five additional World Championships medals, but retired from gymnastics in 2002. As an adult, she has worked as a sports announcer and media personality, and has pursued university level studies in journalism.

Major ResultsEdit

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Summer Olympics

  • 2000 Team - 1st
  • 2000 Vault - 2nd

World Championships

  • 1999 Team - 1st
  • 1999 Floor - 1st
  • 1999 Balance Beam - 2nd
  • 2001 Team - 1st
  • 2001 All Around - 3rd
  • 2001 Vault - 3rd
  • 2001 Balance Beam - 1st
  • 2001 Floor - 1st

European Championships

  • 2000 Team - 3rd
  • 2000 Floor - 2nd

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