Lavinia Agache

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Lavinia Agache
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Personal information
Full name Lavinia Agache
Country represented  Romania
Born (1968-02-11) 11 February 1968 (age 50)
Căiuți, Romania[1]
Height 148 cm (4 ft 10 in)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior international
Gym Deva National Training Center
Former coach(es) Octavian Bellu, Maria Cosma, Adrian Goreac, Béla Károlyi, Marta Károlyi[2]

Lavinia Agache (later Carney, born 11 February 1968) is a retired Romanian artistic gymnast. She won 10 medals at major international events, including a team gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and a team silver at the 1983 World Championships.[1]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Agache took up gymnastics aged seven with Mihai Agoston and Maria Cosma. She was then coached by Béla and Márta Károlyi before their defection to the United States, and later by Octavian Bellu, Adrian Goreac and Maria Cosma. She won the all-around bronze at the 1980 Junior European Championships[3] and the 1981 International Japan Junior Invitational.

At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, in addition to the team gold medal, she won the bronze medal on vault. She won three individual medals at the 1983 World Championships (silver on vault and uneven bars; bronze on beam) and four at the 1983 European Championships (gold on beam, silver in the all-around and on uneven bars, and bronze on vault). Agache semi-retired in 1984 after a knee injury, but returned in 1991 to compete in the first World Professional Championships. After that she participated in numerous gymnastics shows in the United States, and eventually married and became a gymnastics coach there.[1][2]


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