RADUCAN Andrea (1983) Romania / Gymnastics
The young Romanian gymnast was in the news at the Sydney games after having tested positive at the end of her gold medal winning performance in the all-round competition.Suffering from a heavy cold, she was prescribed medicine containing ephedrine by her doctor. This was a fatal error. Regretfully, aware that she had not sought to cheat, the IOC withdrew her gold medal won in the all-round competition, awarding it to her countrywoman who finished in second place, Simona Amanar.Andrea Raducan nevertheless kept her gold medal won in the team all-round competition three days earlier and the silver medal that she picked up for the vaulting horse several days later. In spite of everything, the difficulty of her schedule, her graceful choreography and her playful charm were rewarded.