Famous Romanian Sportspersons

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Nadia Comaneci
(Romanian Retired Gymnast and a Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onești, Romania

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, Comaneci has five Olympic gold medals under her belt. Credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world, Nadia Comaneci was honored by the Laureus World Sports Academy by including her in their Athletes of the 20th Century list in 2000.

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Simona Halep
(Romanian Professional and Former World No.1 Tennis Player )
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Birthdate: September 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constanta, Romania

Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis player. With 22 WTA singles titles and two Grand Slam singles titles under her belt, Simona Halep is one of the most successful Romanian female tennis players of all time. She is also widely considered one of the WTA Tour's best returners of the current generation.

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Gheorghe Mureșan
(One of the Two Tallest Basketball Players Who Have Played in the History of ‘NBA’)
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Birthdate: February 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tritenii de Jos, Romania
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Gheorghe Hagi
(Legendary Romanian Footballer, Manager and Owner of Liga I Club 'Farul Constanța')
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Birthdate: February 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacele, Romania
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Ilie Năstase
(Former World Number One Romanian Tennis Legend)
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Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Robert Bobroczky
(Romanian Basketball Player Known for His Striking 7'7" Frame)
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Birthdate: July 17, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arad, Romania
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Adrian Mutu
(Professional Football Manager & Former Player)
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Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Călinești, Romania
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Márta Károlyi
(Gymnastics coach)
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Birthdate: August 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

Márta Károlyi is a Hungarian-born Romanian-American gymnastics coach. She was the former national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics. Her husband, Bela, is also a prominent gymnastics coach, and between them, the couple has trained nine Olympic champions, fifteen world champions, sixteen European medalists, and many US national champions. She retired from coaching in 2016. 

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Mircea Lucescu
(One of the Most Decorated Managers and Successful Football Players of All Time)
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Birthdate: July 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest
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Bela Karolyi
(Gymnastics Coach Known for Developing the Romanian Centralised Training System for Gymnastics)
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Birthdate: September 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Bela Karolyi is a prominent gymnastics coach who developed the Romanian centralized training system for gymnastics.  His wife, Márta Károlyi, is also a gymnastics coach and together they have trained numerous Olympic, European, and World champions. The couple has been credited with transforming gymnastic coaching in USA. Many gymnasts have called him out for his abusive coaching style. 

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Aurelia Dobre
(Artistic gymnast)
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Birthdate: November 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Aurelia Dobre is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won three gold medals at the 24th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 1987. In the same World Championships, she won two bronze medals. In 1988, she helped her team win the silver medal at the Summer Olympics. In 2016, she was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Dan Petrescu
(Former Romanian Football Player and Manager)
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Birthdate: December 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Dan Petrescu is a Romanian former football player best known for winning the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup for Chelsea. He also earned 95 caps for his national team between 1989 and 2000. Since his retirement, Dan Petrescu has worked as a manager and is currently managing CFR Cluj. Petrescu is the second-most successful Romanian manager.

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Ion Tiriac
(Former Romanian Tennis Player)
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Birthdate: May 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

Ion Tiriac is a Romanian businessman and retired tennis and ice hockey player. He is best known for winning the men's doubles event at the 1970 French Open. In 2013, he was made an inductee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. As an ice hockey player, Tiriac played for his national team as defenseman at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

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Sorana Cirstea
(Romanian Professional Tennis Player)
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Birthdate: April 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Sorana Cirstea is a Romanian tennis player who reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 French Open, which remains her best Grand Slam singles result so far. An aggressive baseliner, Cirstea has also represented her country at important tournaments like the Olympics and the Fed Cup.

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Simona Amânar
(Former Romanian Artistic Gymnast Who Won Three Olympic Gold Medals)
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Birthdate: October 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania

Simona Amânar is a Romanian retired artistic gymnast. A ten-time World Championship, 12-time European Championship, and seven-time Olympic medalist, Amânar also helped her country win four successive world team titles between 1994 and 1999. In 2007, Simona Amânar was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Lavinia Milosovici
(Former Romanian Artistic Gymnast and 2-Time Olympic Champion)
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Birthdate: October 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lugoj, Romania
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Daniela Silivaș
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Birthdate: May 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Deva, Romania

Daniela Silivaș is a Romanian former artistic gymnast. She is best known for winning six medals (three gold, two silver, and one bronze) at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She also earned six individual World Championships titles in her five-year tenure as a Romanian senior national team member. She became a coach after retiring in 1991. 

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Cristian Chivu
(Former Romanian Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
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Birthdate: October 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reşiţa

Cristian Chivu is a Romanian retired football player who earned 75 caps for his national team between 1999 and 2010. He also represented popular clubs like Inter Milan, winning the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League for the team. Cristian Chivu is currently serving as the head coach of Internazionale's Primavera side.

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Ecaterina Szabo
(Romanian Former Artistic Gymnast)
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Birthdate: January 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zagon, Romania

Ecaterina Szabo is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won four gold medals and a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She also represented her country at the World Championships and European Championships, winning 10 medals and five medals respectively. In 2000, Ecaterina Szabo was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Costel Pantilimon
(Romanian Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
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Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bacău

Costel Pantilimon is a Romanian football player who plays as a goalkeeper. Currently a free agent, Pantilimon has represented popular clubs like Manchester City and Nottingham Forest in the past. He was part of the Manchester City team that won the Premier League and the Football League Cup in 2014. Pantilimon also represented his national team from 2008 to 2017.

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Lucian Bute
(Romanian-Canadian Former Professional Boxer and IBF Super-Middleweight Title Champion from 2007 to 2012)
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Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pechea, Galați, Romania
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Cătălina Ponor
(Former Romanian Artistic Gymnast and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medal Champion)
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Birthdate: August 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania
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Gina Gogean
(Former Romanian Artistic Gymnast Who Won Two Olympic Silver Medals)
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Birthdate: September 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Campuri, Romania

Gina Gogean is a former artistic gymnast best known for winning silver medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. She also won three bronze medals at the 1996 Games. A nine-time world champion and five-time European champion, Gogean has been a regular gymnastics judge since 2001. In 2013, she was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Benjamin Adegbuyi
(Romanian Boxer and Kickboxer)
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Birthdate: January 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Mariana Simionescu
(Former Romanian Professional Tennis Player Who Attained a Career-High Singles Ranking of World No. 36)
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Birthdate: November 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Targu Neamt, Romania
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Gheorghe Popescu
(Romanian Former Footballer Who Played as Defender)
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Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calafat, Dolj County, Romania
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Răzvan Lucescu
(Romanian Retired Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
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Birthdate: February 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football player who played as a goalkeeper. Although he did not achieve much popularity as a player, Lucescu is renowned for his coaching career. In 2018 and 2020, Răzvan Lucescu was named Romania Coach of the Year by Gazeta Sporturilor.             

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Cătălin Moroșanu
(Romanian Kickboxer Known for His Record 17 Consecutive Wins in SUPERKOMBAT)
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Birthdate: June 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cotnari, Romania
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Larisa Iordache
(Retired Romanian Artistic Gymnast Regarded as 'The New Nadia' and Olympic Bronze Medalist)
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Birthdate: June 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Ștefan Radu
(Romanian Football Player Best Known for His Successful Stint with the Serie A Club 'Lazio')
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Birthdate: October 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bucharest
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Bogdan Lobonţ
(Romanian Former Football Player and Coach Who Gained Attention for His Quick Reflexes as a Goalkeeper)
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Birthdate: January 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hunedoara
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Mihaela Buzarnescu
(Romanian Tennis Star and 3-Time WTA Tour Winner)
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Birthdate: May 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Cristina Neagu
(Romanian Handball Player Who Plays as a Left Back)
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Birthdate: August 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Cristina Neagu is a Romanian handball player who plays for the Romanian women's national team. She was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the 2010 European Championship and the 2015 World Championship. Considered the greatest player of all time, Cristina Neagu is the only female handball player to win four World Player of the Year awards.

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Ernie Grunfeld
(Romanian-American Former Basketball Player and 1976 Olympic Gold Medal Winner with Team USA )
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Birthdate: April 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Satu Mare, Romania
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Daniel Ghiță
(Romanian Kickboxer and Politician, Who Won thr Bronze Medal at 2017 Kickboxing World Championship )
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Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Horia Tecău
(Former Romanian Tennis Player Who Specialized in Doubles)
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Birthdate: January 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

Horia Tecău is a Romanian retired tennis player who specialized in doubles. He is best known for winning three Grand Slam titles, including the 2012 Australian Open mixed doubles. Horia Tecău also competed in the 2016 Olympic Games where he earned the silver medal for his country in the men's doubles event.

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Bogdan Dinu
(Romanian Professional Boxer )
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Birthdate: August 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buzău, Romania
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Claudiu Keșerü
(Romanian Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
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Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oradea, Romania

Claudiu Keșerü is a Romanian football player who plays for the Romania national team. Over the years, he has also played for popular clubs like FC Oradea, Angers, and Ludogorets Razgrad. Claudiu Keșerü is currently signed to UTA Arad.

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Ana Bogdan
(Romanian Tennis Player)
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Birthdate: November 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sinaia, Romania

Ana Bogdan is a Romanian tennis player who competes in Grand Slam events. Although she is yet to win a Grand Slam, Bogdan has won 14 singles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit so far. Ana Bogdan has also represented her country in important tournaments like the Billie Jean King Cup.

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Irina-Camelia Begu
(Romanian Professional Tennis Player)
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Birthdate: August 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Irina-Camelia Begu is a Romanian tennis player who has represented her country at important tournaments like the Fed Cup and Olympic Games. She also competes in Grand Slam events, reaching the semifinals of the 2018 Australian Open and the 2021 French Open in women's doubles events.

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Andreea Răducan
(Retired Romanian Gymnast and Olympic Gold Winner)
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Birthdate: September 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania
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Virginia Ruzici
(Romanian Retired Tennis Player)
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Birthdate: January 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Câmpia Turzii, Romania

Virginia Ruzici is a Romanian retired tennis player best known for winning the French Open singles title in 1978. In the same year, she also won the French Open doubles title along with Mima Jaušovec. Virginia Ruzici also represented her country in important tournaments like the Fed Cup. 

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Răzvan Cojanu
(Russian Boxer and Winner of Jeux de la Francophonie Super-Heavyweight Gold Title)
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pucheni, Romania
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Bernadette Szocs
(Romanian Table Tennis Player)
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Birthdate: March 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Târgu Mureș, Romania
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Gabriel Torje
(Romanian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
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Birthdate: November 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Timișoara

Gabriel Torje is a Romanian football player who plays as a midfielder. He represented his national team from 2010 to 2017, during which he made 56 appearances and scored 11 goals. In 2011, he was adjudged Romanian Footballer of the Year. Gabriel Torje currently plays for the professional football club, Farul Constanța.

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Bogdan Stancu
(Romanian Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
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Birthdate: June 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pitești

Bogdan Stancu is a Romanian football player who represented his national team from 2010 to 2017. He has also played for popular clubs like Orduspor, Bursaspor, and Gençlerbirliği. Bogdan Stancu is currently playing for the Turkish professional football club, Eyüpspor.

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Alexandru Lungu
(Romanian Judoka, Kickboxer, and Mixed Martial Artist)
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Birthdate: September 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paleu, Bihor County, Romania

Alexandru Lungu is a Romanian judoka, kickboxer, and mixed martial artist. He is best known for representing his country in the men's Judo event at the 1994 World Championships in Egypt where he won the gold medal. Alexandru Lungu also won the bronze medal at the 1999 European Championships in Bratislava. 

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Dorinel Munteanu
(Romanian Former Football Player and Coach)
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Birthdate: June 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grădinari
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Sandra Izbașa
(Romanian Former Artistic Gymnast)
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Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Sandra Izbașa is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She also won seven gold medals at the European Championships during her illustrious career. Sandra Izbașa's best result at the World Championships came at the 2006 Championships where she won the silver medal in the Balance Beam event.

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Gabriela Szabo
(Retired Romanian Runner, Who Is an Olympic Gold Medalist and a 3-Time World Champion)
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Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bistriţa, Romania
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