|Romania's Andreea Raducan has become perhaps more beloved since being stripped of the 2000 Olympic all-around gold medal than had she retained it.
The 17-year-old from Barlad lost her title in Sydney when tests revealed that the Nurofen cold tablets she had taken prior to the all-around contained a banned substance. The International Olympic Committee stripped Raducan of her all-around gold, but allowed her to retain the team gold and vault silver she earned. (Tests following the team and event finals portions came up negative.)
Upon her return to Romania following the Games, Raducan was embraced by her countrymen. Plans for a Raducan doll, as well as a book and a film about her life, were announced.
Raducan, who enjoys dogs and listening to disco music, has no plans to retire in spite of the scandal. In December, she took two gold medals at the World Cup Finals in Glasgow.
Read more about Raducan in the February 2000 and January 2001 issues of International Gymnast Magazine.
Born: September 30, 1983
Hometown: Barlad, Romania
Began Training: 1989
Favorite Event: Floor Exercise
2000 World Cup Finals, Glasgow: 1st on balance beam, 1st on floor exercise, 3rd on uneven bars
2000 Chunichi Cup, Japan: 2nd all-around, 1st on floor exercise
2000 Olympics, Sydney: disqualified from all-around after placing 1st, 1st with team, 2nd on vault, 7th on floor exercise
2000 European Championships, Paris: 6th all-around, 2nd with team, 2nd (tie) on floor exercise, fifth on balance beam
1999 World Championships, Tianjin: 5th all-around, 1st with team, 1st on floor exercise, 2nd on balance beam
1999 Romanian Championships: 2nd all-around
1998 Romanian Championships: 3rd all-around
1998 Junior European Championships, St. Petersburg: 4th all-around, 2nd on balance beam, 3rd (tie) on floor exercise