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Today’s Memory – Octavian Bellu

Octavian Bellu

born February 17, 1951 in Ploieşti

Octavian Ioan Atanase Bellu is the current head of the Romanian national women’s artistic gymnastics team. He was the main coach with interruptions, between 1990 and 2005 and returned as head of the national team in 2010. Highly successful, Bellu led the team to five world and two Olympic titles, as well as coaching numerous individual gold medalists – since 1990, Romania has been the most successful women’s gymnastics power. He also coached such accomplished gymnasts as Lavinia Miloșovici, Andreea Răducan, Monica Roșu, Simona Amânar, Gina Gogean, Cătălina Ponor, Sandra Izbașa and Larisa Iordache. During the time he was head coach, his teams combined to win 82 world (59) and Olympic (23) medals.

In 2007, the World Record Academy recognized Bellu as the world’s most successful coach, with 16 Olympic gold medals and a total of 279 medals at the European and World Championships and Olympic Games. He was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in May 2009.

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