No words can begin to describe the pain in our hearts. Our family has experienced an unexpected loss. Patricia was a very loving person to all. She leaves behind a daughter Desiree and son Zach. You are never prepared to lose someone.
Patricia Moreno Sánchez (born 7 January 1988 in Madrid) is a former Spanish rhythmic gymnast. Moreno started gymnastics in 1995 and admired Romanian Simona Amânar. Her best activity is floor exercise.
In 2002, Moreno participated in the 2002 European Youth Championship. Here, she finished 14th in the all-around and 4th in the floor exercise final.
Moreno became a senior gymnast in 2003. Moreno competed at the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, California. Here, she and Spain finished 5th in the team finals to qualify for the 2004 Olympics. Personally, she was 22nd in the all-around competition. In 2004, Moreno was selected for the 2004 Olympic team, which finished 5th. Personally, Moreno won Spain’s first Olympic medal in women’s rhythmic gymnastics in Athens, where she finished third with a time of 9.487.
During the Olympics, Moreno also debuted the 3 and 1/2 ground twist, a move that now bears her name. Moreno also trained for four turns, although it has never been performed internationally.
After the 2004 Olympics, Moreno continued to compete. Moreno participated in the 2005 America’s Cup. Here, she won gold in floor exercise and 7th on the balance beam. Moreno missed most of the 2005 season with an injury at the 2005 European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, but continued to play in 2006. Moreno struggled to get back to her Olympic form after the injury. She appeared at the 2006 European Championships in Volos, Greece.
Here, Moreno and Spain are fourth; Moreno only participates in floor exercises. 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Here, the team is ranked 8th. She was a substitute for the floor exercise final. Moreno competed in the 2007 European Championships in Amsterdam, where she qualified for the all-around and floor gymnastics finals, placing 15th and 7th respectively.
At the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Moreno was selected by Spain, but she was unable to continue the game due to a balance beam injury during qualifying. Moreno’s last international match was the 2008 Jesolo City Trophy, with Spain taking the bronze.