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  Oana Ban interview, second part

Q What kind of music you like?
Oana Ban: dance, house, generally speaking, music which is high rhythmic.
Q your first coach, Mrs.Rodica Campeanu, let you train almost yourself? (because she trust you?)
Oana Ban: Sometime, she let me see myself the training plan, and let me do all the work in my own peace.

Q She trust you that you follow the training plan?
Oana Ban: Yes, I can tell you now (whithout modesty, ha-ha!), that I was very conscientious at training. Sometime, this bring me troubles from other girls at local club, those girls which almost all the time, use to end the training before me.

Q ...because they "skip"the counting for exercises, isn't it?
Oana Ban: (laughing) ...yes, you know these tricks?
Q: Yup!...but finally you ended with a Gold medal and those girls ended...nowhere.A good lessons for all girls who want to become like you.
Oana Ban: As a little gymnast, I was the first in my group.The have moved my soon at the "big group", with girls older than me.I was appreciated mostly because I was doing all my exercises and not asking for any special requests from coaches, simply because I know I have to do them, to become a good gymnast.

Q:How did you start gym, you are too young to be from "Nadia's times", so what bring you to gym? What was your motivational drive behind being a gymnast?(question from "50 cent"-our Forum member from Chicago, IL)
Oana Ban: I was a very, very naughty little girl.When my mother asked my father to bring me to gym, he was at lest happy that I wouldn't destroy (any more) my home furniture, with my tumbling, ha-ha! I started to like and enjoy being there and later I wanted to be a champion myself.

Q How did you manage to concentrate so well before your evolution in any big event, like Athens Olympics? (question from our Forum member Alucardos, Greece)
Oana Ban: I was trying to impose myself thinking that is just a regular train session, not a major contest.

Q:I hope this little secret will not help Martha gain next Olympic title against our team, ha-ha! By the way, how did you find the girls from U.S. team in Athens?
Oana Ban:We have had very good relations, considering that we were rivals on contest, but they were nice and we have had no problems.Speaking about Martha K,. in Athens she was looking to us like...let's say, not so friendly.(finally, after few more seconds) No, frankly, it was (so) much hate in her eyes.We have nothing against her, we respect her as a coach, but she treated us (her attitude) very bad.

Q: You have to know that she even pretended (during a press conferences) that Nadia should back up only the U.S. team and not our team (even if Nadia is born in Romania, and only a stupid woman may believe Nadia can forget this). We have had an article on our site, against her attitude regarding Nadia, and now I'm happy we posted that one, even if this bring us a lot of bad reactions from some ignorant people.Our sources said that Martha have had some bad days after that stupid statement, after U.S. federation have asked her to calm down and avoid such situations in future.
Oana Ban: (looking and seeming happy to hear this): interesting to hear about this.I still remember her eyes looking at us in a very bad way.(sad attitude)

Q You have to know that Martha's times are almost gone and their (family) future may depend on yours Gold medal (which may have reduced their chances to keep their positions on U.S. gymnastics). In fact, we can say Bela times are close to an end, Martha is only the "cover" for him, as he is not very popular among Americans, they manage to keep their business on by pretending that Martha is in charge.)
Q: Which was the most difficult moment in you career?
( a question from our Forum member-Alucardos, Greece)
Oana Ban: After my 2002 accident.My leg has wrong soldered (after the ankle was broken), and makes me suffer.The first doctor in Deva said I have just sprain, nothing broken. But later, the bone went up and I ended by having a swelling ( a bulge) on my feet. My joint became to sensitive, I have had to use a bandage all the time.Because I have moved the effort to the other leg, I ended using bandages on second leg, also-because it starts makes me problems, too.

Q: It should not be such a big surprise for us, who know how poor is the medical assistance back in Deva or the lack of real interest for the girls medical problems.Maybe you ou should have the RMN and even a surgery back then, now it will be more difficult and will hurt you more.
Oana Ban: I don't have much pain, only when I pooch too much on my leg or something.

Q Yeah, but still, a serious doctor should check and see. Famous (also Athens Olympic champion) romanian athlete Tirlea have solved her leg problems in Paris, due to lack of competence she has suffered back home (for years).
Q: Your medicals problems make you retire, or you just wanted to stop?
(our Forum member Alucardos from Greece have asked why you retired so early)
Oana Ban: First, it was my two years long leg problem, which became very difficult to handle (any more) at Athens.Then, I didn't feel any more like I want to do this. Each year, I start have problems and accidents from January to May, this making little time to compete at my best. I was afraid this will happen again next year and don't want to pass trough it again.

Q: Which girl from the team was your best friend? (a question from our "50Cent" Forum member, Chicago, IL, USA)
Oana Ban: I didn't have a special friend, we all have good relations and we support each other. Of course (laughing), we have sometime little "fights"or "quarrel's", you know-like girls always do...

Q like we say in Romania, "you love and fight like sisters?"
Oana Ban: almost, but we always get things in place, we never stay upset too much, after we disagree on something.
Q: I know you like drawing, what kind of drawings you make? Oana: I like most to draw famous figures from cartoons, this is what I'm doing best. I made also some drawings with my teammates, but have to work more on my portraits abilities.(smile)

Q you also like tailoring? (her father is a professional, respected tailor)
Oana Ban: Yes, I made some small things like adjustments on my own clothes, cutting my jeans and mowing some stars on them (last year fashion sensation among Romanian teenagers were jeans with big stars mounted on them).I do myself a hem when I need it.

Q We heard that you like to cook breakfast for your family?
Oana Ban: when I was in holydays back home, I always like to make the ham and egg for the whole family.
(her sister told us that Oana made difrent salads for her family,like she use to eat as gymnasts-but they are not very happy about salads, and also Oana made for them ice cream, ton salads and a sepcial salad with eggs and cabbage.)

Q:... kind of American style breakfast, ham and eggs (but common in Transylvania, too). You like dolls, saw in a photo you have a lot of little bears, velvet monkeys around...
Oana Ban: I like to collect them, have plenty.

Q: How many, more like 100 or 200 ? One of our team girls from have had her own collection and asked me to check...
Oana Ban: More like 200's , will count and let you know (laughing). But most of them I have from friends around the world.

Q: Glad that you mention your world wide fans. Many of them, I mean it, MANY!, asked us-like our Forum member "romaniaroks" fromCalgary, Alberta- how to contact you, to write you?
Oana Ban: now they can write directly to me, my sister (which is a student at Polytechnic Institute, 4th year) will help me with this. Just tell them to not send me any more U.S. stamps or any foreign stamps, (laugh) there are no use here (to send them answers).

Q: They can use something called "International Postal coupons"-which you can give to your post office and they give you in return the postage for an airmail letter.
Oana Ban: have tried once and my nearest post office didn't accept even these ones.

Q: just because they are stupid and didn't bother to check with their bosses (this coupons involves more work for them instead of cash which they prefer). We shall check about this problem, to help your fans by giving them the right and easiest solution. [we did and the problems came when those coupons are not stamped by the issuing office, where you buy from; they need to be stamped by the post office where you pay for them]
Anyway, if you receive 1000 letters I think nobody really believe you have the time to answer all of them, neither to spend $3-4 for postage on each one.Only to the most interesting letters, it would be a nice gesture.
Oana Ban: I promise to try sending answers to many as possible, even if this mean only few words.I have right now some letters to read and maybe to asner at few of them (arrived to me from the club or which has arrived in Deva) My classes will start soon.

Q: you like playing with puzzles, too?
Oana Ban: Yes, I have many, from the places I have visited.I like those with landscapes and from Athens I have a beautiful one, with the Pantheon on it.

Q: How long it takes to make one?
Oana Ban: I don't spend much time every day, just a little bit and this means it takes me up to...two weeks, to finish a 2500 pieces puzzle.Is very fun and help you relax, too.

Note: during next days, we will post on site the new Oana address where you can send her fan letters, and also we will check for you about those postal coupons you may use to get an answer.
[we did, you need to ask your postal office to stamp them]

Be aware that her sister will screen almost all letters before Oana read them, to help her, so I hope those "lovesick puppy comments"-as somebody said on one forum, will stay far away-or have their letters sent directly in the bin.

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