URZICA Marius Daniel
Mens Artistic (Romania)
Last update: 27/01/2012

URZICA Marius Daniel Romania
Discipline: Mens Artistic
Last update: 27/01/2012 Print
Status: Retired
Licence No.: 00000163
Date of birth: 30/09/1975 Age: 40
Gender: Male
Height: 163 cm/5.3 ft Weight: 57 kg/125.7 lb
Place of birth: TOPLITA () Missing

Marital status: Married
Children: 0 boys
0 girls
Occupation: Sport Teacher
Languages Spoken:
Start Discipline (year): 1981
First Int. Competition (year):
National Team Since (year): 1993
Current Club: C.S. Dinamo Bucarest
Head coach: Josef Perenc (ROU)
Assistant coach: Daniel Greccu (ROU)
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Creation date: 2000-03-08
More about URZICA Marius Daniel:
He is the 2000 Olympic champion, three times World champion and three times World Cup holder. Known as "The King of the Pommels". In 2002 he achieved the maximum score of 10.00 on Pommels in Glasgow! With Xiao Qin from China, (number 3 in the World, who defeated Urzica at the last two World Cup Qualifiers in Glasgow and Ghent) and Urzica's team mate Ioan Silviu Suciu (the current European Champion on this apparatus and number 2 in the World) also competing, expect a great Final on Pommels in Birmingham! Urzica's last victory was in the DTB Pokal, Stuttgart, 29 Nov. 2004

He added one more medal on this apparatus during the 2004 Olympic Games, winning silver. He also earned the bronze with the team.

His unique technique and style of performance have already won him the recognition as the one of the greatest masters on this piece of apparatus ever, together with Miroslav Cerar (YUG) and Zoltan Magyar (HUN).

On his achievement: "Feels great, though I still can’t believe it. For one thing, this achievement came at the very right time for me. It will help me sustain my motivation for another three years, up to the 2004 Olympic games".

- Why gymnastics and why Pommels?

- "I guess a great deal because of my brother Paul, who is one year older than me. As kids we were both involved in gymnastics and we both loved it. At home we fought like all brothers, in the gym we competed against each other. Paul was also very good on Pommels and I didn’t want to fall behind. My real love in gymnastics is in fact the High Bar. I could have practiced on it endlessly. Sadly I fell a few times badly from the bar and injured both my feet and my shoulder. My coach then said! Enough is enough - you move to the Pommels - you will not have so many accidents there! If you still keep falling from it - it will not be from such a height. This is how I had to switch to the Pommels. As you see it was not a love at first sight!".

- What makes you "THE Pommels King"?

- "I think it's the content and the difficulty of my routines, which I always try to execute without fault. Some elements, like "the four Russians on one handle", a super E element, could not be seen in anyone else's routine".

vam - 12.2004
Category Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Level
Pommel Horse 2 9.825 2004 ATHENS Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Pommel Horse 2 9.825 1996 ATLANTA Games of the XXVI Olympiad
All Around 103 17.725 2005 MELBOURNE 38th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Pommel Horse 8 9.112 1997 LAUSANNE 33th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Horizontal Bar 8 8.750 1997 LAUSANNE 33th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Pommel Horse 1 9.837 2000 GLASGOW 10th ART and 3rd RG World Cup Final
Parallel Bars 7 9.337 2002 PATRAS 25th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Horizontal Bar 7 9.425 2002 PATRAS 25th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Parallel Bars 8 9.200 2000 BREMEN 24th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships