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     Beijing 2008  
Steliana Nistor
  Sandra Izbasa
Alina Stanculescu
  Loredana Sucar
  Roxana Stan 
  Daniela Druncea
  Elena Chiric*
  Floarea Leonida*
   (*returned for Worlds)
  2007 Seniors:
  Aluissa Lacusteanu
  Andreea Grigore
  Andra Stanescu
  Madalina Gutu
  Ana Maria Tamarjan
  Adriana Tamarjan
  2008 Seniors:
Cerasela Patrascu
  Alexandra Ghita
  Andreea Acatrinei
  Gabriela Dragoi
Nicolae Forminte (main)
Liliana Cosma
  Catalin Daniel Meran
  Marius Razvan Vintila
  Lucian Sandu
  Raluca Bugner

Marius  Berbecar
 Adrian Bucur
 Ovidiu Buidoso
Marian Dragulescu
 Cosmin Iancu
 Alin Jivan
 Flavius Koczi
 Florin Nebunu
 Bogdan Orzata
 Cosmin Popescu
 Daniel Popescu
 Dan Potra
 Razvan Selariu
 Robert Stanescu

 Andrei Suciu
 main coach Dan Grecu

  Athens 2004   
  Catalina Ponor
  Daniela Sofronie
  Monica Rosu
  Alexandra Eremia
  Oana Ban   
  Silvia Stroescu
  Andreea Munteanu

coach: Octavian Belu
coach Mariana Bitang
 coach Nicolae Forminte
coach Lucian Sandu

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[30.08]Special Olympic show
Tuesday evening, at 20,00, Romanian State Television TVR1 will broadcast a special program with all Romanian Olympics medallists, including the gymnastics team.You can see it broadcasted on TVRi (non-coded, free to view), or via Internet, at

[30.08] Coming soon on
Belu & Bitang, their first interview-at-large
First time after their return from Olympics, coaches Belu and assistant Bitang have answered to tens of questions. For almost three hours, they have answered to (almost) all important thing that concern now the world of Romanian gymnastics fans.Yes, they have had received an offer (not from China);did they expect such a success at Athens?What about Belu contract? Their (real!) opinion about a private gym school in Romania;what Belu really want now for him; their explication on China gymnastics team failures.
[29.08] La revedere, Atena! (Good Bye, Athens!)
We invite you all to post about The Best Moments (and the worst, too)from Athens, in our Forum.

[29.08] Ponor and Sofronie, celebrated at Constanta
During an official ceremony, the Mayor of the Constanta City have awarded cash prizes to Catalina Ponor (25 000 Euros) and Dana Sofronie (20 000 Euros). Each one have received an apartment in Constanta, too (a 70 000 value).

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Home, sweet Home...
[25.08]Belu will remain in Romania instead of coaching in China
Back home, Belu said at the team arrival on Otopeni airport that he "never heard about such an offer"...(click)

[23.08] Oana Ban, out of tonight finals
Again, Oana Ban will not take part into finals.Despite the doctors gave the ok even for last week competition (AA finals), our sources say that Oana still have big pains on her leg and also is scared about consequences on trying to push her luck. The problem at her leg is older and was just started over again at the end of her floor exercise, during team contest. Last weekend Oana was suffering a lot, physical and mental, about not being in the AA final.She declined any media request for photos (not ours, we didn't asked for) with her (taking care of her leg or anything else).
She was trying hard to go for a medal this evening but the final decision was up to her, coach Belu said he don't want any more being under accusations of "pushing girls" into contest, when they have medical problems. Our feeling (after seeing her TV interviews and her very reserved attitude in answering questions) was since last Friday that she will not compete any more. Now, it's official, she is not listed for this evening. 

Athens, August 20, 2004 According to the announcement released by the FIG late on August 19, President and IOC Member, Prof. Bruno Grandi, invited his Executive Committee Members to attend an extraordinary meeting, on Friday August 20, at 11:00 am. At this meeting, it was unanimously decided that the FIG will proceed to the immediate analysis of the Menís All-Around competition...(click here)
(photo:A judge reaches out to help Paul Hamm, of the United States, after he fell on the landing of his vault during the men's gymnastics individual all-around final at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004. (AP Photo/Sasha Zemlianichenko). Well, judges were very kind with him, way too much, Koreans said.

[17.08] U.S. team smiles? Yeah, right...faked smiles

ATHENS, Greece -- The U.S. women's gymnastics team spent the moments after its disappointing second-place finish Saturday afternoon trying hard to smile. With cameras all around, Team USA was all smiles. But later, tears belied their brave faces...(article)

[15.08] Andreea Raducan, interview with the President
During women's qualification contest in Athens, Romanian President Ion Iliescu have come to support the Romanian team. Andreea Raducan (which have had these days a very good start in her new career as a TV journalist) made an interview with Iliescu, to be aired tonight by Romanian TVR1. Andreea, backed by more experienced Romanian TV anchors/journalist, seems to make progress as a journalist, each day her comments getting better. Romanian TV viewers have, for the first time, a good commentary on gymnastics, with Raducan being a full-time (not just temporary, like in the past with other gym stars) anchor during Games.

[19.08] Maria Olaru selling her car
Maria Olaru, member of the Sydney 2000 Romanian Gymnastics Olympic team, is looking for a buyer. Her Ford car, the one which she have received as a gift after Sydney success, was seen on sale, in the largest trade fair in Bucharest. The price requested was Euros 5800 (like $6500)...(story)

Athens: The "Celebrity Olimpics"
Microsoft founder Bill Gates
is due to stay aboard one of the dozen luxury cruise liners...
Ex US president George Bush will also rub shoulders with the cream of European royalty including King Juan Carlos of Spain and former King Constantine of Greece...
Athina Roussel, the 19-year-old heiress to the £2billionn Onassis fortune, is also expected...
POP DIVA Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie have booked
rooms at the prestigious King George Hotel...
Fergie will also travel to Greece with princesses Beatrice, 15, and Eugenie, 13, to watch...(click)

[14.08] Bravo Nadia!
Nadia Comaneci
have replied to Martha Karoly accusations of being too much on the Romanian-gymnastics team side, that she "likes them" ( too, have good impressions about them, but "my heart is in Romania" and "nobody can change this". The Romanian state television have introduced the statement at last evening news, with the ironically quote "Nadia have (now) the obligation to speak nice about U.S. gymnasts, too..."
(Nadia, in the middle, at the opening of Romanian House in Athens;in the middle,with glases,President Iliescu, at right-Andreea Raducan;photo Rompres)

[14.08/ GMT 19,30]
EXCLUSIVE/ EXCLUSIVE: Days-off for Munteanu
Andreea Munteanu and teammate Leonida are in day-off, until Monday, when they go back to training. In Munteanu case, the doctor advised for a special program for recovery. Coach Forminte have confirmed us directly few minutes ago that Munteanu will not make the trip to Athens, because of her condition (unless something very bad happen there, we may think). Leonida is training for other two contests, following Olympics.After Olympics, coach Belu have to choose between few different places for recovery (but the Black Sea coast is almost sure, we believe).

[13.08/11,30GMT, updated 15,00 GMT]
Special Report from Bucharest
All Romanian gymnastics fans from around the world have asked about "what happened to Munteanu?''... After you saw her so happy of being selected, it's almost a nightmare to go back to report about her...being left home. These girls have had worked past 10 years like... few people can understand, (exclusive Report, click here)

[13.08] President Ion Iliescu will encourage the team
Romanian President Iliescu will arrive today in Athens for a 3 days trip to encourage the Romanian Olympic Team, sources from Presidential Palace said. Being a well known supporter of the gymnastics team, a special separate meeting of Romanian President with the gymnastics team is expected tomorrow . Gymnastics is the most loved sport in Romania, since Nadia have changed the history when she get her first 10 at Montreal 1976 Olympics. Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase is also expected at Athens during Olympics.(photo:DAIS)

Silvia Stroescu at Olympics!
Depart in tears

The Tv reporter asked "well, Silvia, never say never, isn't so? She replied with a big laugh,"Yes, I never thought I will be back so soon..."

(click here for Special Report)

[13.08/GMT 13,09]
Athens Most Guarded Secret: We have it!
Olympic stadium to be flooded for opening ceremony
THE OLYMPIC stadium in Athens will be flooded with millions of gallons of water for the Games' spectacular opening ceremony.
A lake will fill the arena of the 55,000-seat stadium for a three-hour ceremony featuring state-of-the-art pyrotechnics, puppeteers and hundreds of dancers (story)
About 40 construction workers (almost all of them, immigrants from Eastern Europe) have been killed, at least two Romanians among them, (Dumnezeu Sa-i Odihneasca!- "God Rest them in Peace!") while working on the dozens of Olympic sites throughout Greece. Just one worker died in the run-up to the Sydney games in 2000.

[12.08/ 18,20 GMT]
Andreea Raducan:
I want my Sydney Gold medal back!

Last minute report from Athens says that Andreea Raducan have asked officially the International Olympic Committee to return her gold medal which she have won at All Around competition in Sydney.

[11.08]  Tiriac, speaking again about Raducan case
Raducan case at Sydney was an "execution", a "manipulated case" -said Mr. Tiriac, President of Romanian Olympic Committee and member of International Olympic Committee. In a night show aired last evening at Romanian most popular television, the OTV-television, was interviewed by the Romanian most famous self-made businessman and journalist, Dan Diaconescu.(Bucharest Report, click here)

[11.08] Raducan was, for sure, ripped off at Sydney!
Ion Tiriac, President of Romanian Olympic Committee, have stated Monday evening, in a live, one-hour special program at Romanian National television, that Andreea Raducan, member of national Olympic team at Sydney in 2000, was, for sure, ripped of by her Gold medal in All Around competition.(click for story) Comments? visit our Forum

Andreea Raducan, first TV feature report from Athens
[11.08]"Bine v-am gasit!"("nice to meet you"), said Andreea Raducan in front of TV camera, starting her first feature report from Athens at Romanian National Television. Well, being a reporter is something differently, as Raducan already experienced from her very first interview. Knocking on the door of Romanian Olympic Team , she experienced a little bit of retain fro her former colleagues. "What do you have on your hand? Asked, in a happy mood, Mrs.Bitang, the second coach. (Raducan having the TV anchor microphone). "Wow, said Raducan , you don't let me in now anymore?.. I'm still one of yours!"... Well, Andreea, the feature reporter life is not much easier than the one of a champion, except the champions are always loved. Reporters are respected, at best....Good luck, Andreea!

[11.08] Nadia Comaneci: Catalina Ponor for Gold!
"Even if we have a young team, I'm convinced we (Romania) will make a good job at Athens.Catalina Ponor have big chances for Gold, and also with the team I think will get a medal.I will be nearby girls to encourage them" -said Nadia Comaneci, the world's most famous gymnast, in an interview for "Athens Olympic Games 2004", a special, largest circulation ever (650 000 copies) supplement edited in Romania by the local division of Ringier (the largest local editing house) and distributed for free along with the Group newspapers. Also men's gymnastic coach Dan Grecu said that Marian Dragulescu have big chances for at least two medals.  

Special Olympics-collectors edition!
[10.08] Wednesday, August 11, some of the most important Romanian newspapers ("Evenimentul Zilei", "Libertatea", "Prosport", "Capital") will distribute along their regular edition, a special, free 32-pages supplement dedicated to Athens Olympics. Romanian gymnastics fans may see the team, Olympics schedule and TV program for Olympics.

[09.09] Special Olympics Program
Romanian National Television, TVR1, will have a special program dedicated to Olympics, today, at 18,00 local time.
Romanian gymnastics fans from abroad may see it using the television website, Also we may expect to see this special program on TVR International, which is aired freely almost world-wide.

World's first in Bucharest: The Olympics commercial
[08.08/ 19,30/ GMT 17,30] Few minutes ago, Romanian TV station "Antena1" have aired, for the first time (world exclusive), the Athens Official advertisement.
The 4-minutes length video was made few weeks ago in Bucharest. Pianist Maxine, the world's fastest, play a special melody (remembering little bit of "Adeline" song ). All the images are from Bucharest: old, (200 years) historical commercial famous "Lipscani", the Free Press House, Covaci street-famous for her old architecture.
Indoors were made inside "Sala Palatului"-the place where former dictator Ceausescu used to keep his party conferences. Monday, august 9, the movie will be aired first in Taiwan where the pianist Maxine is said to have most fans; from Tuesday, the movie will be aired by Greeks Televisions. Both music and images are great to see and hear!

[08.08] Andreea Raducan at Athens
Andreea Raducan will be in Athens as special guest of Romanian National (State) Television, TVR, to make comments during gymnastics events. You can see her, if you don't go to Athens, by watching live TVRi (International) channel (available almost worldwide, free of charge if you have you own satellite dishes), or see on-line, on web site.  

 Depart in tears: Andreea Munteanu stays, Silvia Stroescu goes to Athens
[02.08] TVR 2 (Romanian 2nd State television) has aired Sunday evening some nice images with Romanian Gymnastic Olympic team, going for a horse ride in a private Club near Bucharest. Belu went on a horse,seems to be used to, but Mrs. Bitang was not seen doing this.
Ponor:"is very nice for us, after training, to have some good moments here." Belu said to girls "you should have no problems on a horse, you are used to keep your balance at highs", but girls answered that yes, they are used to keep their balance, but is more difficult on a...real horse."
All girls looks happy, most of them spoke in front of cameras and seems to be very confident.It seems to be the best team for Olympics since '80's . In the meantime, all other Sports programs of Romanian TV channels are stuffed with soccer, as they just started the new season.They "remind" about gymnastics, the most unanimously loved (since Nadia) sport in Romania, only when they return with medals...

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