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.