[Dec 30] (WROC-TV) Gymnastics
The owner of an East Rochester gymnastics center faces charges
of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. 39-year-old Marian
Penev of Fairport was arrested Friday, charged with rape and
sexual assault. Police say a 13-year old female claims she
was assaulted on several occasions at "Penev's Gymnastics."
Penev is in the Monroe County jail Friday night and is due
back in court January sixth.
[Dec 30] Conner
bidding for US slot 30 years on
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bruce Conner failed to qualify for
the U.S. speed skating team in 1976. He promptly put his skates
away, went to college, got married and became an airline pilot.Conner
is the brother of gold medal gymnast Bart Conner, winner of
the parallel bars in 1984 at the Los Angeles Games, and brother-in-law
of Olympic great Romanian Nadia Comaneci. "We were all just
shocked because at 49 years of age he has grown kids and he's
a full time pilot," Bart Conner said.
: Gymnast's family considers cell therapy
...The paralyzed teen might benefit from stem cell therapy
that is available overseas, her family says. Samantha has
been a gymnast ever since. But five months ago, the 16-year-old
was injured during what witnesses described as a routine front
flip. The accident bruised her spinal cord and left her paralyzed
below the shoulders. Now, the Slusaks hope that stem cell
therapy not available in the United States could be the key
to Samantha's recovery. Insertion of stem cells could repair
damaged spinal cords.
of gymnast who broke neck sue academy"
Related story: "Hurt
acrobat glad club will survive"
[r-g.com note: despite the greedy of US doctors -which
may not like the fact that this therapy is being done overseas-
stem cell therapy has already proved to be successful in many
cases, including in Romania; it has been considered as a solution
Chelaru, too. We have forwarded to Samantha's family our
database on the subject].
[Dec 27] Mary
Lou Retton owes most of her success to Karoly's Gym
Because her West Virginia workouts were private, Retton missed
the day-to-day interaction and competition with other girls.
That changed the minute she walked into Karolyi's gym. "I
think that was the big part of my success," she said. "With
Bela's coaching and philosophy and with that day-to-day competition,
I improved immediately." (read:"Where
the hope is")
[Dec 27] Andreea
Raducan and Silvia Stroescu will open a skating ring
[Dec 27] Marian
Dragulescu, top Balkan athlete
WORLD sport gymnastics champion Marian
Dragulescu of Romania was named top Balkan athlete for
2005 in the 33rd annual poll by Bulgarian news agency BTA.
The poll covered six news agencies from Balkan countries...
[Dec 26] Monica
Rosu has retired
Rosu has retired from gymnastics; she will make the official
announcement later this week. Her decision is final.
Read more about: Christmas
[Dec 24] Romanian
gymnasts, carol singers for B&B on Christmas
Corina Ungureanu , Andreea
Isarescu , Loredana Boboc
Stroescu visited, as...carol singers, former coaches Octavian
Belu and Mariana
Bitang. Gymnasts were accompanied by a famous Romanian
carol singer, Stefan
Hrusca . He did most of the job, the gymnasts mostly laughing
and tring hard to sing.
“It is always frustrating when you score lower and do better
routines, but that is part of the inconsistency of judging
in a subjective sport like gymnastics,” coach Nancy Ellias ("Gymnastics
takes 3rd at FL Invite")
[Dec 21] Nibbs:
Cort playing financial gymnastics
“Madame President, what surplus? Dr. Cort has been caught
carrying out what you call financial gymnastics, cooking up
of figures, hiding something here, hiding something there
and if we did not apply the plunger we would not have flushed
him out to show us that he has changed his financial reporting.”
Cort playing financial gymnastics )
Kids and gymnastics
"Most of the benefits are not athletic," said Jim Meineke.
"You see kids gain confidence when they think something is
impossible and then are able to do it."From humble beginnings,
the Williams Center grown to train over 22,000 girls and boys
[!] who have interest in gymnastics, both competitively and
Over Heels For Gymnastics")
[Dec 20] Funny "news": Octavian Belu, named "Mr.
Bitang" at Gala
TVR 1 aired tonight a funny news: receiving an Award from
a weekly sport tabloid (during last night), Octavian
Belu was introduced by the Gala anchor as "Mr. Bitang"
...; the people around were freezing but Belu is known for
his humor and his large smile and a good laugh made things
cold down. Belu lives in a Bucharest villa, shared with his
"colleague", Mrs. Mariana
[Dec 20] Nicolae Forminte, the new coach of Romanian gymnastics
[GMT 20,00] Nicolae
Forminte will be the new coach of the Romanian gymnastics
Olympic team, RealitateaTV
(the Romanian all news
channel) has announced (scroll news) minutes ago.
Coaches and their teachings
“Coach (Gibson) really taught us things about being a good
sport, about building your confidence. In gymnastics, you
are out there by yourself,” DuPont said. “When I look
at my job, I am out there by myself. It is funny, some of
the things you learn to deal with because you’ve dealt with
worse.” If you fall off the beam in gymnastics, you get right
back on it. There is no one there to help you. If DuPont misses
deadline on a story, or misses a cue on air, or misreads a
story, there are no “do overs” in TV. Maybe that’s why West
Salem/Aquinas is a team to watch this season. Under DuPont’s
easy-going and friendly personality lies the fire of a competitor.
“There is no crying,” DuPont said of her team. “Unless you
are bleeding or there are bones sticking out, you don’t cry.
These are tough girls and gymnastics is a tough sport. There
is nothing worse watching a girl who is on the balance beam
crying. Whenever I see women in authority crying, it bothers
energizes West Salem/Aquinas gymnastics")
[Dec 19] Why US "centralized"system
won over the (old) Romanian one
"You go train with all of the national team coaches and
staff," said Chelsea, who has been a gymnast for seven
years. "You get to stay at Bela Karolyi's camp. It is really
a lot of fun and I have really enjoyed it."
"During the training camp, the 9- to 11-year-old members
of the T.J. Maxx National Team and their coaches train
under the eye of USA Gymnastics' national training staff,
who provide feedback and suggestions for future training,"
King said. (read "Springs
gymnast gets TOPs rating ")
The main difference between the US "centralized-alike"
system and the Romanian gymnastics one is that the US one
put toghether the Club coaches and the national coaches, to
work together, as you may see from this article.
Until now, the club coaches were seen in Romania only as "suppliers"for
the B&B's "terror camp". Once there, the girls
usually didn't benefit any more from the support (moral &
technical) of their club coaches, who were kept at distance
by the former "dictators". They use to say to the
local media "look, the US and other countries have copied
our centralized system". No, they didn't , they made
a new, better system and the next Romanian coaches should
look at these improvements and learn the lessons. Fast.
[Dec 19] Nadia Comaneci, one of the few known Romanians
"The historical Romanians I know could be counted
on the foot of a three-toed sloth: deposed and deceased dictator
Nicolae Ceausescu, Vlad the Impaler (a.k.a. Dracula) and Olympic
gymnast Nadia Comaneci." (read Carol Perehuddoff
story about his trip to Romania: "The
good and the gruesome")
[Dec 19] Retreats season
in Romanian gymnastics has begun
Urzica retreat (for an uninspired decision to run for
RGF Presidency-he lost), the next on row is Ioan
Suciu, which has announced today his retreat in an interview
published by the Romanian daily Adevarul.
Suciu said he will file the forms needed to get his
[Dec 18] Romanian
Juniors Win at Torneig Internacional Ciutat de Vic
Vic, SPAIN: Romania arrived to Vic with a group of young prospects
for 2006. Sandra
Izbasa (1990) leads the team, with Alina Stanculescu (1990),
Elena Chiric, Dana Druncea (1990) and the young Cerasela Patrascu
(1992) who defeated the host team 104.145 to 101.570.
Romanian hopes in the coming year are in Steliana
Nistor (2004 Junior European al around champion) and Andreea
Munteanu (2003 Worlds Team member and floor finalist),
who have recentley received clearence from doctors to train
again. Along with them, Sandra
Izbasa who won 2005 Romanian Nationals, is one to watch.
[Dec 18] Nadia Comaneci has inspired Monica Seles
Seles, just named
the newest Academy member at Laureus
Academy (a charity) speaks about Nadia: "I met
Comaneci (the Olympic gold-medal gymnast) — she was my
hero when I was growing up, and now we’re both on this thing
Seles says she really believes in sport. The way it pulls
communities together, helps people have a common goal, gives
them pride in themselves, self-esteem and physical skills.
“It’s given me the sort of life I could never have expected
to have when I was a little girl. I do think sometimes about
how different my life would be without sport.”(The
Big Interview: Monica Seles)
[Dec 17] Romania' s"Top 10 Most Popular Athletes"
Among the Romania "Top 10 Most Popular Athletes"
(selected by pools conducted by the all news channel Realitatea
TV) are: Marian
Ponor and Marius
Raducan said for "Evenimentul
Zilei": "First of all, discipline is
needed. At least in gymnastics- the sport which I used to
practice- without discipline you can't have performances!"
[Dec 16] Marian Dragulescu, "Best Athlete" of
Dinamo Sport Club
Marian was named the "Best Athlete"
in 2005 by his club, "Dinamo"Bucharest.Suciu
Ioan is another gymnast from Dinamo Club,
to recive an Annual Award. The National male team second coach
was named the club Best Coach in 2005. Monday, Dec 19, at
National Theater in Bucharest, Dinamo Club will have their
Annual Award ceremony.
Cup in Philadelphia
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Dec. 15, 2005 – Tickets
for the 2006 American Cup, one of the most prestigious
international gymnastics events, go
on sale on Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., just in time for
Christmas shopping. Showcasing the world’s top gymnasts, the
American Cup is set for March 4 at the Global Spectrum's Liacouras
Center at Temple University in Philadelphia.
For 2006, the American Cup returns to its traditional format
featuring the all-around competition. The participating athletes
will be announced closer to the event. The 2006 American Cup
is also the first international event in the United States,
and one of the first in the world, to use the new scoring
system for gymnastics that allows gymnasts to earn scores
above the traditional 10.0.
Nadia Comaneci scored her first 10 at American Cup, even
Quotes of the week
“Gymnastics is a sport, if you want to be good at it, you
have to work at it year-round. A number of these kids have
done that.” -coach Amy DuPont
gymnastics team ready for a higher level)
"Practice was a bit rough at the beginning of the
week as we were all mentally and physically drained from the
six days of practice the week pior. But the coaches stepped
in and reminded us that when things aren't as easy as we want
them to be, pushing through and focusing on what needs to
be done is what makes us great athletes."-Lisa
Puccio's Gymnastics Journal
secret behind Catalina's bad mood at Worlds: her medical problems
A Romanian sport tabloid (Prosport)
has revealed the main cause of ...
Tv Alert: Gymnastics on "
Star's revenge" at Antena1-on Dec 15
Former gymnasts like Corina Ungureanu,
Isarescu and Loredana
Boboc will appear on Antena
1 show "Revansa
Starurilor" (" Star's Revenge"), to be
aired on Dec 15. You may see the recorded
programme (for one week only) on the Antena
Among other funny moments, you will see Maria
Olaru being " punished" to dance with a corn-full
basket on her head.
[Dec 15] Gymnastics
hall opened at Izvorani
The new gymnastics training hall was opened today at Izvorani
(20 miles North Bucharest). Former ROC President Ion Tiriac
and tennis star Ilie Nastase were among the special guests.
Gymnasts from the National Team (Floarea
Leonida , Daniela
Eremia ) and also former gymnasts Simona
Amanar , Maria
Olaru and Andreea
Raducan attended the opening.
The new gymnastics facility came at a 34 bill. Lei (like $1,200,000)
for the building and $250,000 for equipment...and has a very
to the printed edition (Dec14) of Gazeta
Sporturilor, the Izvorani hall was build (like tens others
schools sports halls) by a company owned by a "friend"of
former neo communist Government. During the previous regime,
400 sport halls were build nearby schools, at high prices
and low quality, most of them by former regime "friends"
who filled their pockets, according to the Romanian
[Dec 15] US
gymnasts still have social lifes
"There are more Level 10 [club gymnasts] out for high school
than ever before," Bloomington Jefferson coach Paul Wright
said. "I think a lot of girls realize that high school is
passing them by. They can come out for the high school team
and have a chance to compete in their sport and still have
a social life." ("Gymnastics
preview: 5 story lines to watch")
[Dec 15] Vote:
ESPN Classic's ''Who's #1?: Greatest Performances'' will air
on Monday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. "Who's #1?" gives you the
Top 20 on topics such as people, games, moments and much more.
They have their rankings but the show isn't complete without
your input. On January 9, ''Who's #1?'' will be looking at
the greatest performances of all time. Legendary names like
Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Jack Nicklaus, Bob Beamon, Don
Larsen, Wilt Chamberlain, Jesse Owens, Nadia
Comaneci and Ted Williams are among those on the list,
but which of these performances is #1 on your list? To see
how they rank, you'll have to watch! Cast
your vote for the greatest performances.
Glamour and the Sporting Spirit
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamed Bin Khalifa AL Thani inaugurated
The opening was marked with the middle east’s biggest-ever
celebration of sporting achievement, attended by legendary
sports star, Olympic delegation from over 80 countries, representatives
from other major sports federations such as the international
association of athletics federations, and a number of local
dignitaries. Legendary sports stars such as Pele and Digo
Maradona attended the ceremony. Other top sports celebrities
including athletes Ed Moses. Said Aouita and Hiham El Guerrouj,
swimmer Mark Spitz, footballer Rabah Madjer and gymnast Nadia
Comaneci were also present. It was for the first time
in the Middle East that so many legends from the world of
sports have assembled at one place at the same time. These
new facilities, through attached to the Aspire academy for
sports excellence, from a part of Khalifa sports city encompassing
the newly renovated Khalifa international stadium and the
Olympic- standard Hamad Aquatic Complex. (see story: "Glitz,
Glamour and the Sporting Spirit")
[Dec 14] Alin Jivan, the "Athlete of the Year"
at Steaua sport club
Alin Jivan was named "The Athlete of the Year" by
his club, "Steaua" Bucharest.
[Dec 14] Ephedrine,
the Sydney (in) famous drug, still being used
[Dec 13] Octavian
Belu , in Ardaf commercial
Former coach of the Romanian National gymnastics team Octavian
Belu play in the new Ardaf Christmas commercial, just
launched this evening on Antena 1 station. Last
Christmas, same company have aired a commercial featuring
the girls from the national team. Same Ardaf company is the
one which helped financially a $ettlement between B&B
and former gymnast Oana
Petrovschi, back in March.
2005 in Romanian gymnastics
"We have passed through many bad moments.
Unfortunately, these scandals came up from inside [the system],
because people [meaning B&B's] are greedy of getting more
power, but they don't come up to surface themselves."
Adrian Stoica, the RGF President, in "Cotidianul"
„Am trecut prin multe etape zbuciumate.
Din nefericire, aceste scandaluri au pornit din interior,
pentru ca oamenii sint avizi de putere, dar nu se pun in postura
de a iesi in fata”.
[Dec 13] RGF President Adrian Stoica goal
for Romanian gymnastics
"My goal is to promote the values and bring back the
Romanian gymnastics on top of the World gymnastics, not to
bring back at team B&B"- Adrian Stoica, the RGF President,
"We did target the gold but did not want to exert
undue pressure on the girls" -coach Rosniza Abu Bakar
Outclass Favourites In Team Rythmic Gymnastics)
[Dec 13] 5. 3 Richter (4 on Mercali) Earthquake
A 5.3 Richter (4 on Mercali scale), 7-seconds long (total
time 3 minutes) earthquake just hit Bucharest at GMT 12.16.
Its origin was in Vrancea county, at 145 km (120 miles) deep.
No victims or damages reported until now."Vrancea earthquake
region become more and more active" -said the director
of Earthquakes alert Center for the all news channel Realitatea
channel -and this is bad. Phone lines inside Romania were
shut up for 20 minutes to avoid any jams.
[Dec 11] US gymnastics: loosing
ground in favor of cheerleading programs
The Wellesley High gymnastics team,
which has vaulted to success during the last few years, took
a painful fall this week. The Raiders disbanded for lack of
enough participants. When we had our first gymnastics
meeting at the end of October, we had as many as 14 girls.
But that was before cheerleading [came back]. That combination,
of the clubs and cheerleading, hurt us."- said coach Shelly
loses gymnastics team)
[Dec 11] Nadia
Comaneci, launching the Qatar gymnastics
gymnasts battle with the nervousness...
"I had been having trouble getting through the routine
at recent meets and that was frustrating because I could do
it in training. The problem was that I would get nervous and
start to doubt myself. Today I gained the confidence I needed
and learned I could battle through the nervousness." -Aisha
Gerber of Cambridge, Ont (Gerber
wins all around title)
"The secrets of US gymnastics success"
[Dec 10] TV Alert: Mariana
Bitang at Antena1 "Duminica in familie"
Quote of the Day
"Find your dream, and go
after it; no matter if someone says you're too short or too
small or too old."- Shannon
Miller, America's most decorated gymnast (see story
Conner gave gymnastics a big lift")
[Dec 9] Adrian
Stoica, the new RGF President; Amanar-vicepresident
Ponor, the Best athlete in Constanta county
Ponor (coached by Matei Stanei and Gabriela Paun) was
named the Best Athlete in 2005 by the Constanta county sport
agency. Catalina will receive a special Award during a Sport
Gala, on Dec 20.
[Dec 9] RGF elections for the
Urzica's dream: RGF Presidency; it's not going to happen
"crying boy", think more about RGF elections
gymnastics: The Revolution is close
Comment of the week- why did Rice come to Bucharest?
"She needed torture tips - she thought BB would
be there...." (Balabanov)
[Dec 8] ROC
to open a new ( & useless) gymnastics hall
[Dec 8] Monica
Rosu want to be trained again by B&B
Part of a silent (but useless) "let's bring B&B
back"campaign, Antena 3 (an all news channel) aired a
Rosu statement: "I want to be coached by B&B".
After not being selected for Worlds, Monica was really pissed
up, because she thought she deserved the place, no matter
what. With her lack of form, not even a session at Marta's
camp would bring her back in shape...then. She was also very
rude to her Bacau club coach, who did his best to train her
but couldn't cut her patronizing attitudes and bad moods.
Maybe Monica would like to go with B&B in China for training,
a rice-based diet may help her.
[Dec 8] Belu:
"There is a reassessment of values in gymnastics"
The former coach of the Romanian women's gymnastics Olympic
Belu said that there have been certain important changes
in world gymnastics lately, both in the change of scoring
method and the values of teams from various countries. Although
avoiding comments on the performance of the Romanian team
in the recent world championships in Melbourne, Australia,
said the U.S team completely dominated the championships.
"Now it is no longer surprising for me to see Australia or
the Netherlands going for the medals. There is a reassessment
of values which will continue in the future," the former coach
After years of seeing Belu bashing on girls before many
competitions, nice to see (and show to the future Romanian
coaches) some good sense statements from the US coaches.
“I think we have a lot of talent on our team and it’s just
a matter of getting the girls to work to their potential and
stay injury free.” -Forest Lake High School gymnastics coach
“I think we have a good amount of depth and because of that
the varsity lineup may change often depending on who’s ready,”
Elias said. “Even with a small team we have a lot of depth;
You can only think about what you can do with your team, and
my goal is to work with the kids and get them to work to their
team is set to make a championship run)
“More importantly, she is a good student and a well-rounded
person – the kind of recruit who will add both talent and
character to our team.” (Seawolves
sign Arizona gymnastics standout)
gymnastics coach maintains innocence from behind bars
One day after being sentenced to 20 years in prison Michael
Cardamone is fighting to clear his name. In an exclusive interview
with ABC7 the former gymnastics coach maintained his innocence.
He was convicted of sexually abusing seven girls during training
at his mother's Aurora gymnastics school. Cardamone is being
held at the DuPage County Jail until he is transferred to
a prison facility. A day after former 28-year-old Michael
Cardamone was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the former
gymnastics coach appeared to be quite upbeat despite harsh
words from the judge who called him a pedophile and serial
sexual offender who is a danger to community.
That's the (real) spirit of gymnastics!
"Anything we can do to make it fun will make them remember
our meet and want to come back." -Aberdeen gymnastics
coach Jennifer Deutsch, see story: "Golden
Eagles will host 12-team gymnastics meet Saturday"
"It was an interesting meet tonight; This meet helps
us see what we need to work on before the big meets come.
The girls had fun tonight. They just need to work hard on
their skills and routines." -Watertown gymnastics coach
Amy Daniels (Gymnastics
season under way)
Sea Games/Gymnastics: Sport prancing to the wrong rhythm
SOMETIME during the Sea Games in Manila, the South East
Asian Gymnastics Confederation proposed that gymnastics should
be made a compulsory sport in the Games. But if what transpired
in Manila is taken into account, the sport's image and reputation
have been tarnished beyond repair.
How else can one explain the situation where the medals
presentation ceremony was held even before the results were
announced, official or otherwise. Or how else could one explain
how the technical delegate can change the scores five hours
after the results were announced...
[Dec 6] 10
Romanian gymnasts, to visit Nadia's gym club
10 Romanian gymnasts from different clubs will visit
& Bart gymnastics Academy in US, part of the
new launched VISA cards campaign in Romania.
The announcement was made by Nadia herself, during a live
show at Antena 3 this evening. The new VISA cards (to be launched
next days in Romania) carry the image of famous Romanian athletes:
Nadia Comaneci, Ilie Nastase and Gheorghe Hagi.
[Dec 6] Marius Urzica's dream: RGF Presidency; it's not going
Urzica have announced today, during a press conference,
his intention to run for RGF Presidency (Dec 9). The shy (&
crying) " boy" wasn't neither well documented nor
convincing in his intentions. His main goal at RGF Presidency
would be (as he stated in press last week) to bring back the
B&B's . Urzica was coached by Dan Grecu, a honest coach
which didn't asked him to pay "a 30% gift tax"-as
Belu asked his girls; the male team have both a (competent)
doctor, a medical assistant and a physiologist. The women's
team (under B&B) didn't have a doctor since 2000. All
males gymnasts with medical problems were fairly treated,
very often being send abroad (Germany). The girls were...send
home by B&B. Urzica is encouraged (& pushed) in his
dreams by B&B's and same clown which have encouraged Dragulescu
to go for "cai verzi pe pereti" -to look for un-existing
jobs/offers in US.With such "advisors", no wonder
Urzica is wasting his time. Let's not waste ours any more
and forget "his" unrealistic dreams.
[Dec 6] Nadia
Comaneci, Eremia and Leonida -welcoming Condoleezza Rice
SofronieNadia Comaneci was the first person to welcome
Rice on her Bucharest arrival, half an hour ago.
Nadia, three other gymnasts- Alexandra
Eremia and Floarea Leonida , also some athletes participating
in the Special Olympics program in Romania, have welcomed
the US National Security Advisor Condoleezza
The special guest have asked for a group photo with this
[Dec 6] Exclusive
interview with Floarea Leonida
Minutes after the official delegation have left from the
airport, we had a small talk with Floarea Leonida, over the
r-g: Floricico, ("little flower"), Congratulations,
we have seen you on airport
arrival of Condoleezza
Rice ; it was you, isn't it?
Floarea : Yes, we were there, along with Daniela and
Alexandra, sitting nearby Nadia. It was something very special,
everybody was so excited by this event.
r-g : What does Mrs. Condoleezza
Rice told you?
Floarea : She told us it was nice from us to come,
she didn't expected it and is a very nice gesture; she appreciate
[Dec 6] Catalina
Ponor is taking RGF to Court for the Ardaf commercial
Ponor, the leader of the Romanian Gold team at Athens Olympics,
has started a trial against RGF, which used her image in the
Ardaf commercial. RGF status (which mention the image rights
belongs exclusively to RGF and a contract signed by Catalina
-where she gave up her image rights to RGF) were bring to
Court yesterday, when the trial has started.
Catalina demands some moral compensation (no exact figure
was mentioned yet) for her image being used. For the using
of that commercial, B&B got from Ardaf some brand new
Toyota cars, the RGF got a new WV small bus and girls showed
in the commercials (and a Calendar distributed by Ardaf and
RGF) got ...nothing (as usual...until now). As a second thought,
girls did get something: some (lousy) $3000 insurance policies,
which RGF shoul have done for girls anyway, long time ago
(and with a better cash coverage).
[Dec 6] Former
gymnastics coach sentenced in sex abuse case
Former Aurora gymnastics coach Michael Cardamone was sentenced
Monday to 20 years in prison for molesting seven young gymnasts,
but the sentence did little to put a contentious three-year
court battle to rest.
A jury deliberated for three days in March before convicting
Cardamone of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of seven girls
who studied gymnastics at American Gymnastics Institute in
Aurora, which is owned by his mother. The jury acquitted Cardamone
of the same or more serious charges against seven other girls.
Burke said during sentencing, "We as a society say
in no uncertain terms that if you are a teacher or coach and
you abuse these children, you will be punished. To say he
isn't a danger to the community is absurd."
[Dec 5] TV alert : Dragulescu on Prima TV Sport tonight
[Dec 5] Marius Urzica,
"crying boy", think more about RGF elections
Urzica was shown on TVR1 tonight, filling his retry request
RGF President Vieru
said:"he is not trained, nor having experience for this
position"(as RGF president- and yes, Vieru
is right this time). Urzica
replied like "they (RGF staff) were young people when
they started, too"-of course, but nobody have started
directly as the head of the organization. The TVR1 story conclusion
was that Urzica need one more day to think about the Dec 9
elections, his decision to run for the RGF presidency remain
to be announced tomorrow. Vieru
said: "I'm sure he will change his minds and retreat
Unfortunately, the "crying boy" (Urzica
stayed locked in his room at Worlds after loosing the Gold
medal, crying the whole day-not the best attitude for a not
so young male athlete, nor for a possible leader of RGF) has
proved, once more, he is not the right person to be in a leading
position. Not only as President, but in any RGF top position-some
may want him as general Secretary, but he may need to prove
first his abilities by working at his own club (Dinamo) as
a coach or whatever.
Romanian gymnastics (badly) need competent coaches for the
National team and the best possible management team to back
up those coaches, RGF is not a day nursery for crying boys,
nor a charity to provide top jobs to (just) retired gymnasts
-which already have a nice pension from the ROC, so they can
work as coaches at clubs, for their own pleasure or to prove
their abilities. If they have ones.
- growing pains
Is gymnastics a form of child abuse masquerading as sport?
Does it destroy the health and stunt the growth of young girls?
Former gymnast Rebecca Seal investigates the dangers as well
as the addictive thrills of a sport she loved but which, she
believes, left her shorter by four inches and struggling with
Gymnastics is the most demanding and ruthless of all sports
for young girls. Over the past decade several theories have
been put forward suggesting that not only does the sport favour
small, slight girls but that it can actually make them short.
The consequence of being a female gymnast is, potentially,
to be significantly shorter than average. All competitive
sports contain an element of risk, but gymnastics is unusual,
I think, in encouraging children to push themselves even when
they are injured.
gymnastics: The Revolution is close
15 years after the communism went down in Romania (or at least
we like to think so), a new era may start soon in Romanian
[Dec 5] The new scoring system, causing problems to judges
"I am worried about the problems the judges had
today with the new scoring system." -Miles
Avery, Ohio State men's gymnastics head coach.(Ohio
State Gymnastics Mixed Pairs Championship)
Abusing young athletes for achieving top results- a condemned
"Any form of abuse in sport is unacceptable. (...)
Athletes should be protected from harassment or harm from
adults" -Steve Boocock, director ofthe NSPCC's
child protection in sport unit. .
"Corporal punishment is not an answer to discipline
problems. Abusing young athletes isn't going to improve their
performance any more than it's going to improve a child's
exam results." -A spokesman for the Independent
Schools Council in UK.(echoes on story
about China's abuse of its athletes)
Learning from US gymnastics- how to treat your fans
the competition is done, fans are welcome to stick around
and talk to everybody, get to know our athletes, including
our eight freshmen."-a US coach about how their fans are treated
by the US gymnasts (story
Dan Potra, to receive
Dan was told he will receive soon the promised apartment
(after the Athens Olympics) from the Timisoara City Hall.
He will let his parents live in this two rooms apartments
(it's a studio according to US standards), since he has a
After the Athens Games, many City Halls (in fact, all
of them) from gymnasts hometowns have had promised to athletes
to give apartments. Few of them keep their words, it's known
the cases of 1992 Olympic athletes which...still hope to see
their long-promised apartments.
Romanian politicians doesn't have a good reputation among
citizens, regarding keeping their promises. They just had
their five minutes of glory, announcing those promises...then
the silence came.
Coaches statements -the (nice) US style
Not only Romanian gymnasts has to watch at the way the
US gymnasts act and react with their fans, but Romanian coaches
can have an inspiration, too.
"This season should be exciting because we have a young
"I just want us to do our best and have fun."
"I feel like the girls look up to me, and I want to set a
good example for them,"
"We won't be the powerhouse like we've been in the past,"
"It's a younger team, and we have a new coach so this season
will be more challenging," he said. "It's different, but it's
Plenty of changes, same philosophy)
of the Day
“The goal for the first meet is pretty basic; to have clean
routines”, Nanof said.
("Gymnastics program making a fresh start")
can be the goal of next Romanian national team coach, too.The
routines of the former members of the team were far from clean.
Photo left: Catalina's (bad) form
(same as in any other contest-see her crossed legs) and, above
right-US team Alicia Sacramone's (perfect) form.We can't
improve our team as long as we hide past mistakes.
Young gymnasts, watch and learn: "For
Seow Ting, country before self"
BY the time Foong Seow Ting celebrates her 18th birthday
tomorrow, she could possibly be richer by RM21,250. However,
that is not her birthday wish. All she wants is for Malaysia
to win all six gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics.
"My birthday is on Sunday and my wish is to see Malaysia winning
all the gold medals," said Seow Ting. (For
Seow Ting, country before self)
[Dec 3] Belu
and Bitang enjoy their Milano holiday
[Dec 3] FIG
President Bruno Grandi still dream about "Perfect 10"
"[I would give] a 'perfect 10' for these World Championships,"
said International Gymnastics president Bruno Grandi, quoted
by the Inside
Gymnastics magazine. He should rather said like
"What a perfect 12.6 World Championships"-according
to his own imposed (stupid) scoring system.
[Dec 2] RGF
President Nicolae Vieru (finnaly) leaving RGF
Reports from different sources says that RGF President Nicolae
Vieru has told to RGF staff and other sport officials
that he will no longer compete for December 9 RGF elections.
Vieru is known
for reversing his statements and decisions many times in the
past, so anything is possible until the RGF Executive meeting
Only three Romanian gymnastics clubs have supported Vieru
for these elections, so he may want to avoid a shaming defeat
in front of his own protégé, RGF Executive Secretary
[Dec 2] RGF
"suspensions" model, used by the Swiss Federation,
Nicki Boeschenstein and Patrick Dominguez, the 2 Swiss
top athletes have been excluded from their team, the first
one because he had drunk too much and came back at 8am after
the banquet in Melbourne and the 2nd one because he did not
follow his coach's indication during the competition (and
also because he didn't show enough dedication during the Worlds
[Dec 2] Nadia Comaneci VISA card, on RealitateaTV
The Romanian all-news channel realitatea Tv aired a news
about the new VISA cards using Nadia Comaneci image &
signature, inspired by our story
Nadia Comaneci VISA
card, to be launched in Romania .
[Dec 2]Gymnastics stars loosing medals: good lesson for Romanians,
IT was tears of disappointment for Malaysia’s artistic
gymnastic queen Nurul Fatiha Abd Hamid. Despite bagging a
gold and silver medal in the individual apparatus, she was
in tears after losing the gold medal in the floor exercise
by 0.012 point to Singapore’s Nicole Tay. Nicole scored 8.212
“Maybe it wasn’t my day but I gave my best”,
said the weeping 19-year-old.
(see story "Tears
of disappointment for Malaysia’s artistic gymnastic queen
Nurul Fatiha Abd Hamid")
...This can be a good lesson for future Romanian gymnastics
stars about how to react when you loose a medal. Just don't
mention the scoring.
[Dec 2] Rhythmic
Balkanic Championship stars in Bucharest
The Junior Balkanic Rhythmic gymnastics Championships
starts today in Bucharest. Takes part countries like FYR Macedonia,
Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey. The competition ends
Sunday, details on Romanian
Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation website.
December 1st- Romanian National
[Dec 1st] Nadia Comaneci
VISA card, to be launched in Romania
VISA credit card wearing Nadia's "Perfect 10" UB
exercise at Montreal and her signature will be launched in
Romania next week.
[Dec 1] Corina
Ungureanu in "Star's Revenge" show at Antena1
Former Romanian gymnastics champion and...Playmate Corina
Ungureanu is among the top stars to have an appearance in
the Antena1 special Romanian National Day (Dec 1st) show "Star's
Revenge"(aired from 17,00). Another sport star, boxing
World Champion Leonard Doroftei will take part in the show.
Also on the Mihaela Radulescu show from same Antena1,
some gymnastics reportages will be aired. Most TV channels
will have stories about Romanian gymnastics, due to the large
popularity of this sport in Romania.
Corina Ungureanu in the Antena1 recorded program
Ungurenu older interview for Evenimentul Zilei
[Dec 1st] US
gymnastics scandals: "winning" over the romanian
November 30, 2005 - A suburban gymnastics coach convicted
of sexually abusing some of his students made a plea for leniency.
Michael Cardamone testified Wednesday at his sentencing hearing
in suburban Wheaton.
[Dec 1st] US
media get drunk with plain water...again
women's gymnastics early favorites (AP story)
While a lot can happen in the next three years,
the U.S. showing at worlds establishes the Americans as the
early favorites in Beijing.
[Dec 1st] Romanian
Gymnastics Hall of Fame, to be build in Deva
Deva city, which hosted the Romanian gymnastics Olympic
team for more than 25 years, will host a Romanian gymnastics
Hall of Fame.
Model Romania" is a huge gymnastics fan
December events for Romanian gymnastics
Dec5: Meeting of the RGF Executive Comitee-to validate
candidates for Dec 9 elections
Dec 1-11, Germany (10 cities) & France (Nancy):
Catalina Ponor and Ioan Suciu take part in a demonstrations
tour, "Gymmotion Gala"; this is considered as the
farewell tour for Catalina by many
December 17th, Spain, Vic (nearby Barcelona):dual meet
between Romania and Catalunya (Open). Romanian team: Sandra
Izbasa ; Alina Stanculescu; Roxana Stan; Oana Zbenghea.
December 19: The Romanian Sports Gala may be delayed
for January or whaever date ANS may be able do it; never happened
December 20: "Top 10 Romanians" at Realitatea
5:Andreea Taclit,Cristina Bontas;
21:Camelia Renciu, Simona Renciu;
Comaneci and Andreea Raducan, among Romania's "Top 10"
10, among the best athletic achievements
has a poll asking fans to vote for which athletic achievement
they wish they had seen in person. Romanian gymnastics fans
can can vote in the Forbes poll, by answering to their question:
feat would you have liked to witness most?". For
the moment, Nadia's achievement is leading the poll.
Comaneci- the very first "Perfect 10" World Citizen
gymnastics during 80's
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.