Three time Olympic gold winner Catalina Ponor, retires at 30 years old.
It wasn’t a day as I wished, but I am satisfied about my achievements until now: 23 European, World and Olympics medals, 26 years dedicated to gymnastics and two unforgettable moments- the Olympics from Athens, where I achieved more than I dreamed of and the European Championships from Cluj, where I lived so unique beautiful moments in front of the public, as well as less pleasant moments a day before the beam finals. I am proud of all my achievements and of how much I sacrificed for this sport that I loved and I still love, with ups and downs. Due to my health and due to my age, I decided to stop. I will end the year with small contests already planned and starting December I will begin a new life, close to sports but differently, still supporting gymnastics. I thank you all who applauded me, who lived the joy together with me,” wrote Ponor on her Facebook page after the Montreal qualifications.