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Catalina Ponor proved that comebacks were possible through strong execution, difficult skills, and a broad smile. She also showed how age did not always have to be a factor when determining gymnastics prowess.
Ponor won three gold medals in 2004, team, beam, and floor. Her comeback was not quite as successful. She helped Romania to the bronze medal, narrowly missed the bronze on beam due to a tiebreak rule, and ended with a silver on the floor exercise.
She will retire with five Olympic medals.
“I retire with no regrets. I worked every second for the team, I worked every second for me, I worked every second for everyone. I was already Olympic champion and I leave the gym with my head up. I thank everyone for their support and I’m sorry that I have disappointed them,” said Ponor for the official site of the London Olympics.