Andreea Madalina Raducan was born 30th September 1983 in Barlad, Romania.
Her family includes her father Gheorghe and mother Simina, and has a brother named Sorin.
Raducan began gymnastics in 1988 at CSS Barlad.
She has been a member of the national team since 1997.
She admires former Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci the most.
Raducan speaks a little English.
Her nicknames are Gogosarul (bell pepper), Anduta (little Andreea).
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Andreea Raducan is now the most well-known gymnast in Romania, after the great Nadia Comenaci.
She broke into the scene with a big bang, winning the floor title at the 1999 World championships.
A dynamic and powerful tumbler, Raducan won the All-Around title at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, only to have her gold medal stripped off when she was tested positive for drugs.
After the Olympic games, she has become a national icon back in Romania, and even managed to obtain a movie deal based on her life.
Her gold medal was actually returned to her by team mate Simona Amanar, the original silver medalist.
With a pixie face and a chirpy attitude, Raducan took this setback in stride and forged on, winning gold medals for the balance beam and the floor exercise at the World Cup final.
International Team Championships, Cincinnati, OH, USA: 3rd Team,
International Team Championships, Knoxville, TN, USA: 2nd AA, 3rd
International Team Championships, Richmond, VA, USA: 1st Team, 4th
12th. VT, 1st. BB, 1st. FX
some of the information were taken from Amazing Andreea