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Alexandra Marinescu was born on the 19th March 1981 in Bucharest, Romania.

She began her sports career at age 4, as a swimmer. Coaches then decided that she was better suited for gymnastics, so she changed sports.

Before stepping into the Deva gymnastics school, Marinescu trained at her hometown club of CSS Triumpf Bucharest.

Her parents are Alexandru, a quality controller at a factory & Anca, a computer analyst.

Marinescu's best friend was team mate Aurelia Gheba.

Her favorite gymnasts are Cristina Bontas, Nadia Comaneci & Lavinia Milosovici.

She retired at the end of 1997 due to a back injury.

 

 

 

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Alexandra Marinescu, or Alex to her team mates, was the 1994 Junior European champion. Her career was short but fruitful.

In her hometown of Bucharest, she was coached by Benone Pereteanu. She trained in Bucharest until early 1996, where she moved to Deva to be part of the Romanian Gymnastics team, getting ready for the Atlanta Olympic games. She was very much touted as the next big gymnastics star of Romania, having enjoyed tremendous success as a junior.

Marinescu actually qualified for both All Arounds at the 1996 Olympic games and the 1997 World championships but was pulled out of both, replaced by Simona Amanar

Beam was her favorite event, and she replaced Lavinia Milosovici at the Olympic event finals, but fell twice to finish last.

Marinescu retired at the end of 1997, after being diagnosed with scoliosis, a rare back injury and had to undergo 3 surgeries for it. She stayed in Deva to finish her high school despite retiring.

In 1998, she signed a modeling contract with a local modeling agency. She also did some coaching at her hometown club of CSS Triumpf Bucharest.

  results
 

1993
- junior ROM vs. GER  Dual Meet   1st. AA,1team
- International Junior Meet  of Charleroi(now know as the topgym turnament )6th. AA

1994
- ITA vs. RUS vs. ROM   3rd. Team
- Junior Europeans  1st. AA, 6th. UB, 1st. BB, 3rd. FX
- Joaquin Blume Memorial   10th. AA
- Romanian International   2nd. AA
- Romanian Junior Championships     1st. AA, 1st. UB, 1st. BB, 1st. FX
-junior rom-gbr meet:  1 team,3AA

1995
- ROM vs. FRA  3rd. AA, 1st. Team
- ROM vs. GBR vs. AUS   1st. AA, 1st. Team
- Hapoel Games    1st. AA
- Romanian International   1st. BB
- World Championships   1st. Team, 4th. UB, 4th. BB
-Rom-Esp-Ita-Blr:   1 team, 1AA
-Gbr-Rom meet:  7AA,1 team
- Subway World Challenge    4th. AA
- IBM Invitational- Atlanta     1st. AA

1996
- Junior Europeans      1st. AA, 6th. Team, 6th. VT, 2nd. UB, 1st. BB, 3rd. FX
- World Championships      2nd. BB
- BLR vs. ITA vs. ROM vs. RUS    4th. AA, 2nd. Team
- Olympics- Atlanta     3rd. Team, 8th. BB
- Cottbus Cup     8th. UB, 5th. BB, 3rd. FX
-Trinacria Cup    3rd. AA, 2nd. BB
- Catania Cup     3rd. AA
- Australia Cup   6th. AA, 2nd. BB, 4th. FX
- Swiss Cup        4th. UB, 2nd. BB, 3rd. FX
- Arthur Gander Memorial      2nd. AA

1997
- American Cup    5th. AA, 3rd. BB
- Romanian Nationals   3rd. AA, 3rd. VT, 3rd. FX
-ROM vs. ITA vs. UKR     5th. AA, 1st. Team
- World Championships   1st. Team, 6th. UB
- Tournee des Defis d'or  de Chalons-en-Champagene 1st. BB
- Tournee des Defis d'Or de Strasbourgh  1st. UB