[Nov 30] Gymnastics
fans comments over (stupid) Belgian/SID article
I think it's too early to jump to conclusions.
Isn't it interesting, if the quotation is true, that Belu
and Bitang would jump to such as "One day we'll hear our girls
had group sex". Where does that come from!? With so much drama
surrounding Romanian gymnastics one would expect a little
bit more patience. (...)
Ponor has never said that she was planning to pose
nude. What is the matter with everyone? Khorkina has posed
nude and the Germans didn't write an article about how sad
that was. And they are ones to talk about programs falling
apart. (...) And frankly, the tone of the article
didn't sound all that sympathetic to me, more like "ha ha,
you should have left the dictators in place" instead of "isn't
it sad that this storied program with this long history of
success is having so much trouble right now."
...and in any event the Romanians are pretty good at getting
their gymnasts into and through college. Amanar, Gogean, Milo,
Olaru all went to college and all have worked actively within
the sport since their retirement as coaches, judges etc. None
of the gymnasts referred to in the article have made a career
out of nude modeling - any of those who have posed for nude
shots seem to have done it only once and for the money before
moving on with the rest of their lives.
THE COMMENT OF THE WEEK
The Romanian for the last 2 quads have done poorly individually
for the last to worlds and overall are very practical!!! The
majority of the team does the minimum to get by with decent
score, which is why they lost in Atlanta, which they performed
the same as they always did, just the US and Russia had a
better day of hitting all the big skills.
Everyone believes Belu was the best, I think he was another
Archiave (spelling) of Russia, who (if you have IG mag) would
see how he killed off other coaches so he could have all the
glory, common Archeiave, you can't be that good of a coach,
besides none of your personal gymasts were the back bone a
So with Belu gone, I think Romanian will produce more artistic
gymnasts. Remember Alexandra Marinescu? She had big skills,
but since she was from the Bucharest Team, Belu took her out
of the AA a few times and put her on the back burner, I am
sure there are other gymnast out there who come from Alexandra
gym, but have been ignored because of Belu.
Romania's priority is winning gold a big competitions, that's
why they skipped the 2002 Euro team comp. They have done this
before. Imagine if they try real hard, you think in 2008 everyone
will be like "Romania is good, after all they are the 2005
team champs" ...NO. No one cares who won worlds the year after
the Olympics, It's mainly scavengers, which is how khorkina
picked up to AA titles (except 2003, the best).
I am not degrading Khorkina or the Romanians, I am just explaining
their tactics. So, everyone get off your high pony, Romanian
cannot be judged by this one competition.
[Nov 30] RGF President Nicolae Vieru dosen't believe in
the Romanian all news channel, aired a statement of RGF President
made at the team arival from Worlds.
Photo left: RGF
President Vieru, Marian
Dragulescu (middle) and ANS President
Vieru, about B&B and their China offer:"I don't
believe in such a thing; I have asked the Chinese delegation
and they told me that B&B may go there for lecturing only";
if B&B can return at team: "If they want to work
with us, we can work with them, the door is open".
Somebody close that door, pronto!
Ponor said she don't believe they (WAG) could have better
results at Worlds with B&B at team. Marian
Dragulescu said he does expected better results, but the
MAG contest level was very high.
[Nov 30] Quote of the week
"Nothing beats the feeling you get when you see our
flag being raised to the tune of the national anthem.You always
get what you pray for. And this we can achieve through pure
merit and hard work. We don’t need a million votes, only medals."
(Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino at the Rizal Memorial
Coliseum yesterday to watch the gymnastics event in which
the daughter of her former spokesman was competing.see story
takes a backseat at SEAG" )
December 1st- Romanian National Day
Corina Ungureanu, to appear in the "Star's Revenge"
show at Antena1
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.
behind Catalina's bad mood at Worlds: her medical problems
A Romanian sport tabloid (Prosport
original here) has revealed the main cause
of Catalina's bad mood at Worlds: she was in her "bad
days" and first time when she has to compete despite
I have to remind you that due to the hard training, any girl
doing gymnastics didn't have her period come until...18 years
or so. Apart from facing a high pressure from the Romanian
public and the whole World, Catalina was facing her own young
female body confronting her. In the end, we can only appreciate
her for the effort, since she was the only Olympic champion
to compete at Worlds.
This is why I say the Romanian gymnastics has produced real
"Stars" (who glows up even after Olympics), rather
than Karoly-US gymnastics, which rather produce..."comets":
their girls shine (mostly) once, at Olympics, after that they
disappear from the Sky of gymnastics.
Of course, both types are nice to see and enrich the Sky...
remark on girls, hard criticized by gym fans
On the (otherwise stupid) Belgian
article on Romanian gymnastics, at least one of the quotes
was true, based on March statement of Belu: "One day we'll
hear our girls had group sex". Gym fans have some
comments for him:
"That's pretty icky coming from a coach. Imagine if
an American coach made such a remark. I don't know that he
would still be coaching-in the U.S. anyway" (Shap's
I'm pretty sure he would not be coaching in the U.S. anymore
after saying something like that. Most parents of young girls
don't want to entrust their kids to guys who talk about their
daughters possible participation in group sex. Not that he
should be coaching young girls in any country....(Smarty
[Nov 29] SID: The
Romanian gymnasts are not competitive anymore
German newswire Society for Information Display (SID) commented
on the weak performances of the Romanian gymnasts at the Melbourne
World's, saying the new standing is due to the fact Mariana
Bitang and Octavian Belu are not in charge of the Olympic
a sophisticated cell phone and a short top with a low cut,
Catalina Ponor drew attention at the opening festivity in
journalist preparing for the article
But the performances of the former Athens triple
Olympic champion were less attractive,"
said Grenz Echo.
[Looks like Belgium still have those manual-action
phone from the last century; or maybe the low-paid (doesn't
surprise me, looking at his crap articles) *journalist* never
saw a quality mobile phone. Catalina is a top gymnast, Olympic
champion-good to her she is up to date with her phone, it's
[Nov 29] Star
Wars, Worlds episode: Clone's revenge over the Stars
We can say that the amazing (predictable)
results of the US gymnasts in Melbourne are a nice victory
of Karoly's. Years after they had "cloned"the Romanian
gymnastics system into the US, they can get a(nother) victory
over the former Stars. A temporary one, I might say, because
the Romanian gymnastics have a long history of reborn from
her own ashes.
"Not since the Soviet Union boycotted the 1984 Olympics
has the American women's gymnastics team done so well in a
major international competition. That year, the Americans
won eight of 18 medals with a major competitor absent. But
with four golds, four silvers and a bronze last week, the
new generation of American gymnasts showed they were top of
the world Down Under. Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel and Alicia
Sacramone produced the American women's best performance in
a world championships, winning nine of the 15 individual medals.
[Nov 29] Good Bye, Perfect Ten!
Worlds was the last international gymnastics competition
to use the 10-point scoring system, etched into history by
Comaneci's unparalleled performance at the 1976 Olympics.
Officials from the International
Gymnastics Federation, or FIG,
officially approved a new code of points this week. Effective
Jan. 1, gymnasts will receive a combination of two scores
– a 10-point mark for execution and an open-ended mark for
Grandi, the federation's president, said the new system
would allow judges to "differentiate between the gymnasts"
and open the door for athletes to hold records for high scores.
[Nov 28] Cash prizes for Romanian gymnasts, Worlds
The National Sport Agency has announced cash rewards for
the Worlds medalists: Catalina
Suciu and Alin Jivan will share a total of 41 000 RON
(like $14 000).
Nadia Comaneci and Andreea Raducan, among Romania's "Top
Comaneci and Andreea
Raducan are among the Romania's most beloved (popular)
(the all news Romanian national channel) made a research,
using polls institutes, to get the results for most popular
Romanians in various fields-politics, sports, journalists
and so on. Sunday evening, Andreea
Raducan was the special guest at the launch of this program,
called "10 for Romania". The finals results will
be concluded next weeks.
[Nov 28] Belu
& Bitang says they will not return
Resting in Milano (where B&B are
taking their long wait
honeymoon* holiday) , Bitang
said for RealitateaTV
station that "she will never return at the Olympic team."
Shall we consider this as a promise? Amen!
* I would recommend Belu to consider Venice,
it's been known as the most romantic place in Italy.
Bitang also said (during the phone interview
for RealitateaTV) that she doesn't know how did Gazeta (today
article) jumped to the conclusion that B&B want to return
at team. We may think about their past "will not come
back" , or the January "final" resign. Belu
said for "Gardianul" (Nov 26) "We don't have
a final decision yet, soforth we are willing to negotiate
with anybody. Anything is possible, even to return in Romanian
gymnastics, if they want us." Case closed: they do
hope for a return. They always do..
[Nov 28] Marian
Dragulescu feeling "fantastic"
Dragulescu vaulted his way to a gold medal with an average
score of 9.750 out of 10, after giving a disappointing show
in Saturday's floor exercise final, in which he came seventh.
His first vault - a high-flying handspring double front somersault
with a half turn -- scored 9.750 out of 10. His second fault
scored 9.637 out of 10. "I feel fantastic," he said. "I
don't know what happened yesterday, it wasn't my day, I was
just going to make sure it didn't happen again."
[Nov 27] Surprises
(good & bad) for Romanian gymnastics at Worlds
As much as Floarea Leonida has surprised everybody by finishing
on 6th in AA contest, Catalina
Ponor surprised the Romanian gymnastics fans by loosing
the Gold medal at "her"apparatus-balance beam. Nastia
had a good evolution, but I can't say she won, but rather
[Nov 26] Worlds Champ/ Ioan Suciu- Silver at pommel
World Championships Melbourne 2005 - Results
[Nov 26] Belu
& Bitang dosen't have a job offer in China
According to an article on sina.com,
Gao Jian, head of the Chinese gym federation, has denied making
an offer to Belu and Bitang. Apparently, B & B have been
invited to Beijing for a series of lectures in early 2006,
but nothing beyond that. Gao Jian doesn't know how the international
media got the idea that the Chinese Federation planned to
hire B & B as coaches or technical advisors.
Romanian gymnastics fans opinions about B&B *offer* in
World Championships Melbourne 2005 - Results
Romanian born introduce a new exercise
[Lucknow, India]: Move over Pilates, here come Gyrotonics(jy-ro-TON-ics).
The exercise discipline, introduced by Romanian-born Juliu
Horvath, uses key principles of gymnastics, swimming, kundalini
yoga and ballet. It basically combines the flexibility of
yoga, the strength of weight training and has the stretching
benefits of Pilates. Gyrotonics works major muscle groups
without the usual bouncing or jumping. It requires users to
sit in a wooden device that has hand and foot operated wheelbases
and pulley suspensions that allow close to 130 variations
on 50 pre-set exercises. Twists, turns, bends and stretches
with the help of the pulleys ensure a fitter, more flexible
body. Check at your neighbourhood gym.
Worlds at TVR1
Sunday, Nov 27/ 05,00 - LIVE from Melbourne; 9,55- 10,55 (recorded)
Worlds apparatus finals on Sunday- Catalina
Ponor, going for Gold
"I want the gold at balance beam, of course.I
won't ever go to a major competition unless I think I'll get
gold, and that's how I'm going to Melbourne." - Catalina
Best Worlds prediction- the
US gymnastics system won
“We’ve shown that this generation right behind the
Olympic team is at the same level. I think the US can win
every single event. We are the only system in the world staying
on top in all of the meets. I believe our system will win
this time.”-US coach coach Mihai Brestyan (story
To all those naives (mostly k-i-@ *journalists*) who still
cry after B&B left the team: maybe it's time for Romanian
gymnastics to make some changes and look in the future, not
in the (dark) past. And NO, the US gymnastics system is not
the "B&B's system " copy, as Belu has suggested
every time. US gymnastics have the national camp, but not
for the full year, they have (our 80's practice) a real competing
system of choosing the best team members for each event (rather
than our old system of club's influence, B&B's likes and
dislikes or..."we don't have anybody else to send"
situations). The US gymnasts were not told to lie their own
parents about their medical situation or abuses; club coaches
are working tighter with the national coaches (instead of
being treated like shit or ignored by B&B's).
hidden cost of China's hunger for Olympic gold
"I've been thinking about it a lot. I was wondering
whether it's a kind of Western approach, compared to an Eastern
approach. [But] at the end of the day, I definitely think
those kids were being abused." - Mathew Pinsent
CHINA'S determination to breed a generation of gold medal
winners for the 2008 Beijing Olympics was last night under
intense scrutiny after a leading British Olympic medallist
professed that he was shocked and disturbed by the training
methods he witnessed there. Sir Matthew Pinsent, the four-time
rowing gold medallist, claimed that gymnasts as young as five
were routinely beaten as part of their training regime.
Urzica to bid farewell
in gymnastics World Championships
MELBOURNE -- Legendary Marius
Urzica of Romania will bid his passionate farewell to
the gymnastics arena during the 38th world championships.
The 30-year-old has confirmed after his podium training that
he would retire after the Melbourne world championships. "I
think this will be my last competition," said Urzica,
asked on his future in gymnastics and whether that includes
an appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Worlds - echoes after AA contest
"No British gymnast, male or female, has attained her
level in the all-round competition. To finish fourth was absolutely
Quote of the week
"That's what high school sports should be about, learning
and have fun,'' she said.It's not about pressure and worrying
about who will be the best.''
Hartland High School coach Alicia Herpick
[Nov 25] Floarea
Leonida, looking for Beijing Olympics
After making the "Surprise of the Year"(the
good one, bad ones we have had enough) by placing the 6th
on AA contest, Floarea Leonida said for TVR1: " I knew
I'm going to be on first places, I was thinking even about
3rd-4th place. I am very glad I didn't fall and I don't think
about retire at all; I want to go for 2008 Olympics!."
[Nov 25] Nastia
Liukin about Catalina Ponor on TVR1
Romanian State TVR1 aired tonight a shocking (in good
sense) short interview with Nastia Liukin. Asked about Catalina
Ponor, Nastia said that she admire her, she is a very
good gymnast on beam and Fx (maybe this interview was taken
before Fx qualif.), an Olympic champion which has all her
related stories: Memmel
Edges Liukin to Take World Gymnastics Title
[Nov 25] Floarea Leonida - the 2006 team leader?
Floarea Leonida come to Worlds as an outsider and return
home on 6th place at AA competition. If she will have a nice
evolution during finals, we may see her as the 2006 Olympic
results-Womens AA competition
restores Japanese supremacy
Hiroyuki Tomita, 25-year-old student in the Juntendo University,
restored the pride to Japan, by convincingly winning men's
all-around title in the 38th world championships in Melbourne
on Thursday. After the first two apparatus it became
clear that the fight would be for the bronze medal and this
position changed continuously between Russian Sergei Khorokhordin,
Dimitri Savitski of Belarus, Romanian Dorin
Razvan Selariu and Rafael Martinez of Spain.
leads American charge into final
MELBOURNE: United States pair Nastia Liukin and Chellsie
Memmel posted the top two scores in qualification for the
womens' all round final at the World Gymnastics Championships
yesterday. Liukin, widely considered to be the person to beat
for the all around title, posted 37.424 over the four rotations
to just pip her compatriot, who scored 37.412.
Olympic champion Catalina
Ponor failed to qualify directly for the final of the
floor competition after finishing 12th with 9.200. The Romanian
could still sneak into the final at the weekend should any
of the others pull out with injury or decide to concentrate
on other events.Ponor,
who won the gold medal on the beam at Athens, produced a double
back somersault to end her routine on the apparatus and led
qualification with a score of 9.562.
[Nov. 24] B&B
lies about China offer, exposed on national television
Romanian national TV Antena1 station aired a story based
on our previous Report Romanian
Belu's coaching in China uncertain. To cut a long
story short, B&B are invited in January in China "to
lecture" [only!] to local coaches. Their (one year long)
dreams about red-carpet arrival in China and working there
are simply...dreams. It's not the first time B&B are inventing
abroad offers (to make the State pay them more, each time),
but this time it's a good opportunity to make them land on
Earth and remind to them they are not Gods, as they thought
(and act alike). Of course, they can ruin the beauty of Chinese
gymnastics or Alaskan one, if they want, a lot of people keep
their finger crossed for their success by going...anywhere
they want. As far (from the new Romanian gymnastics Olympic
team), as good.
[Nov 24] Ponor
enraged at missing final
HER farewell championship marred by a judging dispute, triple
Olympic gold medallist Catalina
Ponor walked off Rod Laver Arena seething yesterday after
failing to advance to the final of the floor exercise. Ponor,
who won gold at the Athens Olympics on balance beam and floor,
queried her start value of 9.9 for both apparatus after scoring
9.462 and 9.2, respectively. "I do well on all the elements,
why didn't he give me 10?" she asked.
exercise (at FX) wasn't bad, it's just that Catalina didn't
have the necessary resistance to finish it the best possible
way in order to obtain a higher score," Adrian Stoica,
general secretary of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (FRG)
[Nov 23] FIG making money on their own mistakes
Ponor was underscored both at FX at BB during qualifications.
For the beam the RGF has made an official complain, paid the
requested $300 *stupidity tax* imposed by FIG, the experts
have seen the video tape and Catalina had her score increased
from 9.462 to 9.562 after the starting value was made higher.
Ponor have told to TVR1 that she felt bad about being
underscored both at FX and beam.
Just wonder what kind of tax/ fines should be imposed to the
referees who made mistakes. Bruno's (acrobatic mostly ) gymnastics
is going down deeper until something will be done about those
"mistakes" of referees.
[Nov 23] Catalina
Ponor rule on Beam; Floarea Leonida-a nice surprise
Ponor got the highest mark on balance beam, 9,562 -proving
once again that she Rule on beam...until the end of her career.
Catalina on floor is a different story, only two months of
serious training (after the B&B's lack of interest in
the team training, past 12 months) was not enough to re-build
something. Still, nice that she has tried and she got only
9,200, so no finals for her on FX.Nothing can stop her to
get the Gold medal on beam, so..."Tare, Catalina!"
She deserve it and we keep our fingers crossed!
Floarea Leonida, a regular "tourist competitor"
at abroad competition, made a nice surprise (good evolution...comparing
to her track record) and ranked 14 at AA qualif (35.249):
vault-8,975, UB-9,287, BB-8,137 and FX-8,850.
AA qualifications: 1) Anastasia Liukin -37.424; 2) Chelsie
3) Monette Russo 37.262.
Belu's coaching in China uncertain
MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The reported
Romanian coach Octavian Belu's possible move to China is not
guaranteed, a Chinese gymnastics official said here on Wednesday.
Chinese team leader Zhang Peiwen told Xinhua during the ongonig
world championships that the Chinese Gymnastics Association
did have contacts with the legendary coach, who led Romanian
women's team to gold at last year's Athens Olympics but resigned
in August. Zhang, however, stressed the contact was only through
a third party and the two sides had no direct dialogue yet.
"Beru is going to visit China and lecture our coaches. The
situation is like that and no further plan has been decided
up to now," he said.
lead way in all-around
Japan and South Korea took three of the top four spots
in the qualifying round of the men's all-around competition
at the world gymnastics championships yesterday. The two biggest
upsets of the individual event qualifiers were the elimination
of the top-ranked gymnast on pommel horse, Marius
Urzica of Romania, and Olympic champion Igor Cassina of
Italy on the high bar. Athens silver medalist, Romanian
Marian Dragulescu, took the top spot on the floor exercise
Tuesday, scoring 9.637 out of a possible 10. South Korean
Yang Tae-young, who narrowly missed winning the all-around
competition in Athens after a scoring error gave the gold
to American Paul Hamm, placed sixth in his only event at this
championship - the parallel bars. He scored 9.662 out of a
missed the finals
Urzica failed to qualify in the Melbourne finals at his
signature event, the pommel horse, scoring just 9.025. Top-ranked
gymnast Marius Urzica missed the qualifications for the pommel
horse finals and parallels in the Melbourne World Championships
yesterday. Urizca finished the pommel horse event in 23rd
place after faulting near the end of his routine and scoring
just 9.025 on his signature event. On the parallels Urizca
was graded 8.700. The gymnast had declared this would be his
last international competition and he was visibly upset as
he left the podium...
fans opinions-Letter of the Week
I'm a big fan of gymnastics and sports in general.
It's sad to hear all this stories of disappointed and injured
gymnasts due to "bad" coaches in Romania and of course in
other countries too!
I believe that you can achieve good results with hard work
and good coaching, for example Carly Pattersson, Domenique
Dawes are two good examples of that! Hopefully things will
be better now when B and B leave the country.
I have followed Romanian gymnasts since the days of Nadia
and I know a lot of girls who didn't reach their goals because
of bad coaches....
We have got information about Melita Ruhn and Rodica Dunca,
how awful it was for them when Bela wanted to take the title
in Worlds 79. He didn't even allowed them to drink water!!
Is this the reason why Bela went to US? Obviously he trained
a lot of girls too hard!
Stellan Bjorck / Sweden
romanian-gymnastics.com: Bela Karoly has faced same "silent"opposition
from late 70's Romanian coaches, as Belu faced past years...
coaches Belu and Bitang looking overseas
BUCHAREST, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Coaches Octavian
Belu and Mariana
Bitang, who led Romania's women's Olympic team to gold
at the 2004 Athens Games, plan to work for another country
after resigning in August. "Our aim, mine and Belu's, has
always been to win so we'll go soon to a country which offers
us the best conditions to work," Bitang
told Reuters on Monday. "All our contacts are confidential
for the moment, at the request of those who made the offers."
Sources in the Romanian gymnastics federation said the two
could choose China. "Belu and Bitang
have to choose between proposals from China, for the Olympic
team, and from private clubs from the United States," one
federation source told Reuters...
Urzica to bid farewell in gymnastics world championships
MELBOURNE, Nov. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Legendary Marius
Urzica of Romania will bid his passionate farewell to
the gymnastics arena during the 38th world championships to
kick off here on Tuesday. The 30-year-old has confirmed after
his podium training that he would retire after the Melbourne
world championships. "I think this will be my last competition,"
asked on his future in gymnastics and whether that includes
an appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He is among
the most successful pommel horse gymnasts in world championships
with three gold medals, equal to the performance of DPRK's
Pae Gil-Su, Hungarian Zoltan Magyar and Miroslav Cerar from
former Yugoslavia. The Romanian veteran did not give his plan
after retirement buthe had said his ambition was to become
a great coach.
[Nov 20] Sandra
Izbasa on modern (acrobatic) vs. old (beautiful) gymnastic
Romanian ProTv aired a short (older) material filmed
in Deva. Speaking about the beauty of "older" gymnastics-
Nadia at Montreal- they showed some of those "Perfect
10" moments, then asked little Sandra (stupid question)
like "What do you think about Nadia's exercises, how
they look to you now?" Sandra took a moment and, smiling
as usual, said "Seems easier for me now." Stupid
question, right answer. Problem is, you can't compare...
IOC Consensus Statement on Training the Elite Child Athlete
Having identified “Training the Elite Child
Athlete” as a theme to be carefully studied, the IOC Medical
Commission (MC) last week held a meeting in Lausanne.
Coordinated by Margo Mountjoy M.D, member of the IOC MC and
Lyle Micheli M.D., of the Harvard Medical School, discussions
involved a group of experts including leading paediatric sports
medicine and scientific experts from around the world as well
as a retired elite child athlete.
During the meeting, relative scientific literature was reviewed
guidelines were produced for the training of the elite child
athlete. At the end of its two-day meeting,
the group of experts adopted a consensus...
[Nov 19] B&B
offer for China has been partially confirmed*
Romanian TVR1 (the official State channel)
has (somehow) confirmed that B&B are having negotiations
with China officials...
[Nov 20] The B&B's offer for China is confirmed by the
transcript of TVR1 news aired last night and the Prosport
[Nov 19] Nadia's
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.
[Nov 15] "Geniali" Tv show (2nd part) is replayed
today, from 13,45 to 15,15.
[Nov 14] Romanian
gymnastics team left for Worlds
[Nov 13] Alexandra
Marinescu, backing up B&B's ... Surprise?
Personal message: Dear DocM and ggmb gym *lovers*,
I hope this news will ruin your Sunday as it ruined mine:
Marinescu was in the "Geniali"show. Minutes
ago the second part have started to be aired in Romania and
Belu himself has presented Marinescu -showing a sad-figure.
She looks like she was there against her will, disgusted,
but still there in her red dress...
[Nov 12] Nadia
Comaneci- the very first "Perfect 10" World Citizen
world's first perfect gymnast"
By BRUCE LOWITT ,
from "Top 100 Sport Stories of the Century"
"The silence was broken only by the sounds of clicking
-- hundreds of cameras capturing the moment.
What they caught was perfection. Nadia Comaneci, the 14-year-old
Romanian, arched in midair for an instant on her dismount
from the uneven parallel bars, then the feet supporting her
4-foot-11, 86-pound body landed softly on the mat.
The silence was shattered by an explosion of cheering and
applause that, after a few seconds, turned to consternation.
Flashing on the electronic scoreboard was 1.00. It took a
moment for the 18,000 spectators at the Forum to realize that
Comaneci had, in effect, outperformed modern technology."
[Nov 11] Catalina Ponor and Floarea
Leonida are going to Worlds
Ponor and Floarea Leonida are the only Romanian (women)
gymnasts which are going to compete at Worlds later this month.They
were chosen after the today trial, announced Prima TV station
this evening. Of course Catalina is (almost) a sure bet for
Worlds, Floarea is going to help Catalina get a place in a
better group...and maybe to entertain the referees, as she
did when competing abroad (her recent landing in head was
both funny and sad). Or maybe Floarea is earning miles for
a new RGF traveler club, who knows.
[Nov 10] Alexandra
Marines (sad) story at "Acasa" TV
[Nov 7] Marius
Urzica, backing a change at RGF
TV Alert : B &B at "Genialii" Antena 1 show
Friday, November 11 (from 20,30 to 23,00)-First part and
Sunday 13 (from 21,30 to 23,45)-Second part. Romanians can
see B&B and some of the Romanian top gymnasts during a
2+2 hours show at Antena 1. The replay of the first part is
on Saturday from 15,45 to 18,30; the second part is replayed
on Nov 15, from 13,45 to 15,15.
[Nov 2] Romanian
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
November Birthdays on Romanian gymnastics:
3:Monica Zahiu; 8:Anca Grigoras; 12:Nadia Comaneci; 13:Teodora
Ungureanu 16:Aurelia Dobre; 18:Mihaela Cojocaru; 19:Beatrice
Tistu; 22:Carmen Ionescu 24:Cristina Sabau
alert: Nadia Comaneci documentary & interview on TVR2
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.