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Larisa Iordache
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Iordache in 2015
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Full name Larisa Andreea Iordache
Nickname(s) Lari, Pikachu, Piciul
Born 19 June 1996 (1996-06-19) (age 25)
Bucharest, Romania
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2008–present (ROU)
Club CSS Dinamo
Head coach(es) Octavian Bellu, Mariana Bitang
Former coach(es) Octavian Bellu, Mariana Bitang, Lacramioara Moldovan, Claudiu Moldovan, Gheorghe Orban, Ramona Micu, Adela Popa, Daniel Nistor, Aurica Nistor
Choreographer Corina Dorean
Music "Exosuit" from The Huntsman: Winter's War

Larisa Andreea Iordache ( born 19 June 1996 in Bucharest) is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is the current leader of the Romanian women's artistic gymnastics team, and she will represent Romania at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The Romanian press referred to Iordache as "The New Nadia" as early as 2008, when she was 12, due to her skills and potential. In her first year of competition as a senior, Iordache won two gold medals at the 2012 European Championships, with her team and on floor exercise. She then won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the team competition. Iordache is the 2013 World bronze medalist on floor exercise, the 2014 World silver medalist in the all-around and on floor exercise, and the 2015 World bronze medalist in the all-around.

Iordache was the 2013 European champion on beam, and the most successful gymnast at the 2014 European Championships, winning gold with her team and as an individual on floor exercise, silver on balance beam, and bronze on vault. She won bronze on beam at the 2017 European Championships, held in her home country in Cluj-Napoca. In 2020, she came back from a three-year break to win gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise at the 2020 European Championships, along with a silver with her team and as an individual on vault. Overall, Iordache has won sixteen medals at the European Championships, making her the second most decorated gymnast at the European level behind Svetlana Khorkina. She is also a twelve-time gold medalist in the World Cups and the 2017 Universiade champion in the all-around and on floor exercise.

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