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Mihaela Dascălu

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameMihaela•Dascălu
Used nameMihaela•Dascălu
Born12 February 1970 in Brașov (ROU)
Measurements174 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsCS Tractorul Braşov
NOC(s) Romania

Biography

Mihaela Dascălu, born in the winter sports town of Braşov, is the most succesful Romanian skater of all time, winning the bronze medal at the 1994 World Allround Championships of in Butte, Montana. Dascălu, who first also practiced figure skating, débuted at the 1987 World Junior Championships, finishing seventh. The following year she placed ninth, but she was later disqualified for doping use, together with her team mate Cerasela Hordobeţiu, which eliminated her from the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Dascălu returned to the international scene in 1991, taking part in all Olympic events in Albertville in 1992, where she finished 6th in the 1,000 m; the best Romanian Olympic skating performance ever. The following years she scored many international top 10 classifications, with the World bronze medal in 1994 as the highlight – although it was in the absence of some top skaters preparing for the Olympics. At the Lillehammer Olympics she placed eighth in two events, the 1,500 m and 3,000 m. She continued to achieve good performances, with the exception of her final season, when she took part in her third Olympics in Nagano. She placed no better than 24th (3,000 m) and 34th (1,500 m), but did carry the Romanian flag at the opening ceremony. In her many World Cup starts, Dascălu earned a podium on one occasion, ranking third in the 1994 1,500 m in Innsbruck.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.65 (1994); 1000 – 1:19.97 (1994); 1500 – 2:04.02 (1994); 3000 – 4:21.83 (1998); 5000 – 7:30.04 (1996).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Olympic 21 ROU Mihaela Dascălu
  1,000 metres, Women Olympic 6
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 17
  3,000 metres, Women Olympic 19
  5,000 metres, Women Olympic 13
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Olympic =23 ROU Mihaela Dascălu
  1,000 metres, Women Olympic 17
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 8
  3,000 metres, Women Olympic 8
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Women Olympic 34 ROU Mihaela Dascălu
  3,000 metres, Women Olympic 24

Other participations

Games Role Details
1998 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony

Special Notes