[Oct 30, GMT 22,30] Exclusive!-exclusive!
Halloween Special: Midnight (Romanian
time) exclusive Predictions
will win the U.S.elections, Basescu (opposition candidate)
to win Presidency in Romania, Catalina
Ponor and Monica
Rosu will retire next year, main coach Octavian
Belu will retire from Deva too, Oana
Ban will have a fiancee by next April and Andreea
Raducan will get engaged next year. Romanian team
will get the Gold in Beijing and also the largest medals number
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[Oct 27, GMT 21,30]
Powerful (like Mercalli
7) earthquaqe hit Bucharest
Romanian allnews TV station Realitatea aired a live Report
from Vrancea region, where the earthquake have started (all
of them have the starts in this region, deep at more than
150 km and go up to surface, arriving in 25 second in Bucharest)
. The specialists have estimated the power to be more than
6 on Richter scale... (Report)
[Oct 26] Belu
interview at TVRM
Belu was the special guest in a live program at TVRM,
a Romanian TV station owned by the largest private University
in Romania (Spiru Haret). (Report...)
[Oct 26] "The Youth's Superlatives"
Only the last 5 minutes of the ceremony was about gymnastics.
Catalina Ponor, Monica
Rosu (the only one wearing skirt, the other girls
used paints) and Silvia
Stroescu, all wearing black color, along with coaches
Belu and Mariana
Bitang have attended the show.
All were dressed in black color (which seems to be Belu's
[Oct 24] Nadia
Comaneci, remembering her legendary career
Comaneci will remember and speak about her amazing
gymnastics career, during a TV show Romanian Television to
be aired Friday in Romania.
her present (and successful) life in US, Nadia is and will
remain a Romanian-born Legend. Maybe it doesn't matter
where she lives now or where she was born-many of us, gymnastics
fans, feel like she is a World Citizen and, to all of us who
saw her back in '76, she will remain The Legend, The Princess
of Gymnastics and...of our hearts.You can't talk about gymnastics
seriously without starting with her name, you can't imagine
how gymnastics would be without her-or if gymnastics
could be the same if we weren't so lucky to have her.Bravo
Nadia!, Multumim, Nadia!
24]"The Youth's Superlatives"
Ban and Silvia
Stroescu will be awarded at "The Youth's Superlatives"
-an annual Award Ceremony and a TV show. (Report...)
Romanian University TV station, TVRM, owned by the largest
private University (around 60,000 students) and with national-and
European also-coverage, aired Sunday morning a one hour program
Interviews with coaches Octavian
Belu and Dan
Grecu of the national gymnastics teams,
members of the team and some interesting interviews and inside
shots from Bucharest Dinamo gym Club.(Report)
[Oct 17] Powerful, rare
tornado, hit Deva
A powerful tornado have hit Deva city, home of the Olympic
team, earlier this afternoon. Fortunately, the team leaders
Catalina Ponor and Monica
Rosu, along with Octavian
Belu and Mariana
Bitang, are in Bucharest, (the
less-powerful storm will arrive there too, next hours) where
they can reach easier the competitions (than traveling back
and forth from Deva, 400 miles away and bad train connections).
[Oct 16] Nicu
Ceausescu (son of former dictator) about Nadia
independent TV station "OTV" have
aired last evening, during their program called "Testimonyes
about past" , an interview with Nicu Ceausescu,
the son of former dictator Ceausescu. During the program,
aired Friday at midnight, the Spanish TV reporter have tried
to ask about Nicu Ceausescu's love affairs (he was most known
by the Romanian people being as a playboy-type, many legend
being spreads across the country).
Nicu answered that most stories are not trues,
only legends and "to finish with this part, I have to
tell you that I will not answer any more to personal questions".
A good reporter have to do his best to get the
answers, so the Spanish journalist try again soon, asking
Nicu Ceausescu about his relationship with Nadia
[Oct 15] Simona
Amanar, in a TV show
Amanar was one of the special guests, invited at a
Romanian TV show, called "70's " , a weekly program
about most interesting things which have happened during 70's
years.Aired Friday evening (prime time), this weekly edition
was dedicated to personalities like Elvis and Nadia Comaneci
and her first "perfect 10" at Montreal Olympic games.
[Oct 13] Review
We have received from Germany a short review on Ponor and
Romanian gymnastics at Athens coverage. (clik
for updated review)
[ Oct 12] "Queen of Athens" will meet The Prince
Ponor (and her coach Octavian
Belu) will be tonight the special guest
of Prince Albert de Monaco, which is the host for a Reception
(with CIO President Jacques Rogee among guests).
Ponor was also the special guest star of the "Sportel
2004 Expo", the biggest sport TV show (where TV stations
and clients from around the world sell/buy the rights to broadcast
major competitions). At the International Gymnastics Federation's
Ponor was helping FIG to promote gymnastics competitions
among TV stations. She also made some demonstrations at balance
beam hours ago. Catalina
Ponor arrived in Monaco's top luxury hotel Loews Grand
from Belgium, where she has performed in a gymnastics show
(for a 4000 Euro fee, like $5000) at Liege.
[Oct. 11] Catalina
Ponor, in "Leon " magazine
a German gymnastics magazine, have just released the issue
featuring Athens Olympics. Subscribers have started to receive
their copies at the end of last week.
Our forum member, Martina Eggeling
from Germany, send us a scan with Catalina
Ponorarticle and photos, with some excerpts from articles,
Unfortunately, it is printed in German
version only, but still interesting since this seems to be
the first gymnastics magazine coming out of press since Athens.
(click for review)
Olaru has changed her car... and delayed her US plans
Olaru have (finally) sold her old For Kia car and
bought a WW Golf 4 with help of a friend. After she has announced
back in August, that she want to leave for US, now she made
some changes in her plans. Or at least, there are some delays.
For the moment, she started her new job, teacher assistant
at Timisoara sport University and also preparing a Master
Degree in Sport Management. Maria also started to redecorate
her apartment, to increase the sale value, for the moment
she will sell it before leaving.
[oct 10] Deva,
with B&B- summary of the TV broadcast-photos included
Belu: "I have spent at Deva 24 years
and a half"; "local people are very nice, I like that they
keep their promises".
"Deva gymnastics school have benefited from being isolate:
we could focus more on our work, we were closer to local community
leaders and our day-to day problem's were solved much easier
and faster" (than in a big city) -click
[Oct 10] Chile will have better gymnastics,
Forminte, member of coaches team at
Deva, is in Chile to teach at national coaches Academy.
He told us that was not decided yet which girls
goes where for the next competitions, starting at the end
of this month, excepting Catalina
Ponor, which left with Octavian
Belu to France this week).
[Oct 09] Toyota
cars for Belu and Bitang
Olympic team coaches Octavian
Belu and Mariana
Bitang have recheived, each one, a Toyota Corolla
The prizes were given by the Romanian insurance company
which have celebrated 12 years since the company has launched.(Report)
[06.10/ GMT 17,10] Oana
Ban will think about...
Q.: Oana, how are you?
Ban: Fine, just arrived at Internet café.
Q.: Romanian National television said that they will have
later a story about your today meeting with Belu and about
your possible return to Deva...(Report,
Ban to think about return
Romanian national television have aired an interview with
Belu, taken earlier today at a reception (see report coming
later) in Cluj. He answered to a question about Oana
Ban (which lives in Cluj but was not present at
Reception), saying that he asked her
to return at team.
"She have promised to me she will think about"-said
Belu about Oana
Ban's return. "It depends about
the way you (he means Oana
Ban) understand that Glory and money are both ephemeral".
[06.10/ 17,00GMT] Oana
Ban, back to Deva ?...
Reports from Romania says that minutes ago, Romanian state
television have announced that Belu have had today a long
discussion with Oana
Ban and tried to convince
her coming back to Deva. Our sources advised us earlier this
afternoon about some private talks between Belu, Mrs.Bitang
and Oana (they were both in Cluj, Oana
Ban's hometown) , but Oana have denied to romanian-gymnastics.com
any serious intention for a come back. Will check again with
our local contacts and hope to post a Report by 19,00 GMT.
[03.10] EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS!
Stroescu at home
Our previous made interview with Silvia was updated with
some exclusive photos, taken Sunday afternoon, at her Bucharest
Stroescu, first interview-at-large
romanian-gymnastics.com: Ready for going to University?...
Stroescu: yes, tomorrow (sept 29) will go at both
Universities to check my schedule.
Stroescu: Yes, I am a student at National Sport Academy
and also at "Spiru Haret" University (the largest Romanian
private university), where I will study psychology.
Q: And, you want to become a...? (click
[28.09] Ask Silvia
To our forum members: you may post now yours questions for
Stroescu, in our Forum.
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