Corina Ungureanu, member of Romanian's gold-medal-winning teams at the 1997 and 1999 World Championships is back and looking hotter than ever. For those who don't remember, Corina Ungureanu was the badass of the rather reserved 1997-2000 squad. While Octavian Belu always picked Corina for major competitions (Euros, Worlds, Goodwill Games), he continually ripped on her in the press and claimed that he didn't think she'd make whatever major event was on the horizon.
Despite Belu's bitching, Corina managed to become the 1998 European Champion on Floor Exercise and was one of the few Romanians to ever dance or be expressive on the apparatus. She is also one of the few Romanians to ever be inconsistent on balance beam.
Corina had enough and retired after the 1999 World Championships due to a back injury. She immediately posed for the January 2000 issue of Romanian Playboy and went on to star in two nude Japanese DVDs with fellow teammates Lavinia Milosovici and Claudia Presecan, posed for Playboy again in 2008, published multiple photo books, wrote an autobiography and is the spokeswoman for a bottled water company.
Belu, who was never her biggest fan, is now calling Corina a 'role model.'
And let's admit it, she looks amazing. After four months, Ungureanu looks far superior to Gabriela Dragoi, who is also on the comeback trail.
Ioana, our trusted Romanian correspondent, has translated the latest news from Dracula's kingdom.
In other news, Diana Chelaru, one of the only healthy gymnasts, managed to injure herself by fracturing metacarpal bone in her left hand on an Uneven Bars transition. The Romanians should really just stay off that apparatus.
Belu and Bitang were brought in to help prevent injuries... Anyone who remembers their glorious reign, please refrain from spitting up dinner.
Ana Porgras continues to rehab, as does Pitic.