Aurelia Dobre (born November 16, 1972 in Bucharest) is a former artistic gymnast from Romania, who was the 1987 World Champion.
is still held in high esteem by many gymnastics fans today for her
clean technique as well as balletic and artistic flair.
was also 1st on balance beam, 3rd on vault and floor exercise in event finals and scored a total of five "perfect 10s" at these championships.
For years, she
was thought to be the youngest artistic gymnastics World Champion ever, winning her
title at the age of 14 years and 352 days, until it was found that 1981 World Champion Olga Bicherova's age had been falsified.
Bicherova was only thirteen when she
— 1987 World Championships All-Around, Balance Beam
— 1987 World Championships All-Around, Uneven Bars
Unfortunately, Aurelia's career was quite short because of two major injuries.
However she was a member of the silver medal winning team in the Seoul Olympic Games and the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
caused controversy by posing nude for the September 1991 issue of Playboy Netherlands, and giving an interview to the magazine which was highly critical of the Romanian gymnastics setup during the communist era.
gave a similar interview to International Gymnast magazine
moved to America in 1991 and, in 1992, she
married Boz Mofid.
They have 4 sons, Cyrus, Darius and twins Lucas and Marcus.
Aurelia Dobre is a choreographer and dance coach at her husbands gym in Maryland.
Most recently, Aurelia
was honored with an award at the Romanian Gymnastics Federations
100 year anniversary celebrations and also recognized as one of the Romanian gymnasts to have scored a "perfect 10."
For more information, visit her
biography at romanian-gymnastics.com
profile page on the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique website.
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