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ROMANIA
This country really had its hour of glory at the Los Angeles games in 1984.Romania, the only eastern block country that did not boycott the games, came second in the official list of nations, winning 20 gold medals.Romania has an excellent gymnastics school, the most famous representative of which is still Nadia Comaneci, who won six Olympic titles in Montreal and in Moscow.Following the break up of the eastern block and the revolution in Romania some athletes who had fled the country returned home. One such was the canoeist Juravski, an Olympic champion for the USSR in 1988, who went to Barcelona wearing the Romanian colours. However during the Sydney games of 2000, Romania was stood out for all the wrong reasons. Several athletes were suspended for using banned substances: weightlifters, the woman hammer thrower Melinte and the gymnast Raducan, who had her gold medal won in the all-round competition confiscated for having used a banned product to treat a cold. This affair provoked street protests in Bucharest.
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