|URZICA Marius Daniel Romania
Discipline: Mens Artistic
|Last update: 27/01/2012|
|Date of birth:||30/09/1975||Age:||38|
|Height:||163 cm/5.3 ft||Weight:||57 kg/125.7 lb|
|Place of birth:||TOPLITA ()||
|Start Discipline (year):||1981|
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|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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|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
|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|