[April 30] Good
Bye, Golden Team!
After the official announcement of today's Catalina
Ponor retreat, the 2004 Athens Romanian gymnastics
Golden Team is entering...history of gymnastics. Thank you!
Ponor , Daniela
Sofronie , Monica
Eremia , Oana
Ban , Silvia
Stroescu and Andreea
Also congratulations to their coaches, Main coach: Octavian
Bitang , coach Nicolae
Forminte and coach Lucian
A Romanian gymnastics fan, Nade from Australia, made the best
video montage for this occasion, "Good
bye, Golden Team" -video montage, click to see .
[April 30] Should Catalina
Ponor stay until Worlds? Vote in our Forum
[April 30] Romanian
gymnastics - 1st place on Medals Table (by total)
1. ROM : 2 Gold; 1 Silver; 1 Bronze ; Total 4
2. ITA : 1 Gold; 1 Silver; ................ Total
3.RUS: 1 Gold; ...............1
Bronze; Total 2
goes out with gold
ATHENS (Reuters) - Catalina
Ponor kissed goodbye to international gymnastics in
spectacular fashion when she picked up the gold medal on the
beam and bronze on the floor at the European championships
in Volos on Sunday. "This is the ideal end for my career,
the one I had hoped for when I came to Volos," said the triple
Olympic champion who announced her retirement from the sport
just before these championships. "I aimed to win the gold
on the balance beam, I knew I could make it. And on the floor
I was happy to win any medal, it did not have to be the gold."
beam gold was her third successive European title on the apparatus.
On the floor, though, she was upstaged by fellow Romanian
Sandra Izbasa, who took the gold with a score of
15.550, and Italian Vanessa Ferrari, who collected the silver.
The crowd jeered and booed when the judges gave Ponor
only 14.600. "I am glad the audience wanted me higher -- that
is why they reacted when the judges announced the score,"
[April 30] Quotes
Senior Women's Apparatus Finals
Ponor (ROM, gold medal on balance beam,
bronze on floor exercises): “This is the ideal end for my
career, the one I hoped for when I came to Volos. I aimed
for the gold on balance beam. I knew I could make it. I was
well-trained although I had problems with my back and my hand.
On floor I’m content that I won a medal. It did not have to
be the gold. However, I’m glad that the audience wanted me
higher and that is why they reacted when the judges announced
my score. I do not know what it will happen next. But for
sure I’m not planning to open a gymnastics academy for juniors”.
Izbasa (ROM, bronze on balance beam, gold on floor
exercises): “I’m very happy with winning two medals. I’m in
good shape for other performances too. I have to admit that
I wanted two gold medals. I hope to follow the footsteps of
[April 29] Romania's junior team-Silver at the European
- Romania's junior team, formed of Aluissa
Gutu and Alexandra
Ghita, was awarded with the silver medal at the European
Gymnastics Championships in Volos, Greece, in the women's
competition, with a score of 170.250 points. Following a good
performance with difficult and well made exercises three of
these young gymnasts also succeeded to rank honorably among
the first 10 at the individual combined event, Aluissa
Lacusteanu - 5th, with 57.650 points, Andreea
Grigore - sixth, with 57.050 points and Cerasela
Patrascu - 10th, with 55.550 points.
On the occasion of the press conference Nicolae
Forminte coordinating trainer of Romania's teams,
stated: "We are happy because we have succeeded to step up
on the podium by conquering the silver medal. The level proved
this evening is one reflecting a big progress. Russia was
a team hard to catch up due to the Russian gymnasts who proved
exceptional in this competition. As well, I wish to congratulate
Germany's team; for me it was not surprising it got the bronze
although it performed in the morning". In her turn, Aluissa
Lacusteanu, the best ranking Romanian gymnast, said:
"I am happy I climbed the podium with the team at my first
participation in a competition of such level".
'Stick It' sticks up for the girls
There's no other word for Stick It, the new Disney comedy
about girl gymnasts, than "giddy." Except for "giggly." And
"rude," bracingly rude. The gym rats of this frenetic female
farce talk trash and talk dirty.
[April 29] European
Championships-Press Conference - Women Team Final
Ponor (ROM): “After the finals I started crying in
the dressing room, because we almost touched the gold. In
such competitions mistakes are paid bitterly and we made mistakes
that we paid for them. This is my last competition. I feel
very tired to go on. I am also facing difficulties with my
injuries, something you can all see”.
Forminte (ROM, Coach): “The Italian team wrote history
today. I am very disappointed, that we did not win the gold.
We will try harder and I hope that we will win the gold next
time. I would like to thank the Organizing committee for this
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[April 28] Southborough
gymnast wins junior state championship
Chloe Herczeg of Southborough, in one of the best meets of
her season, won the Junior Olympic Level 8 Massachusetts State
Championship, Child Division in Auburndale on Saturday, April
8. Chloe is a member of the Brestyan's American Gymnastics
Team in Ashland, Massachusetts where she is coached by former
Romanian National coaches Mihai and Silvia Brestyan, and Rodica
Marcov and Albu Nelu. Brestyan's is also home to Alicia Sacramone
the 2005 World Champion in the floor exercise.
Mall lines up new restaurant, hosts gymnastics
The University Mall in Athens will soon have a new restaurant
in its parking lot, and according to a mall co-owner, plans
are in the works for several other businesses to locate in
and around the mall by this fall. Meanwhile, one of the biggest
vacant storefronts at the mall is being used for gymnastics.
[April 28] Gymnast
Miller to be honored
OKLAHOMA CITY — Ten years later, Shannon Miller doesn’t feel
that much different than the 19-year-old who led the U.S.
gymnastics team’s “Magnificent Seven” to Olympic gold. The
most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, Miller is now a law
school student in Boston. Tonight, she will be inducted into
the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame along with three
others. Among her seven Olympic medals, Miller has two golds
— one for winning the balance beam in ’96 and a team gold
won with Dominique
Moceanu, Amanda Borden, Jaycie Phelps, Amy Chow, Dominique
Dawes and Kerri Strug. She also won nine medals at the world
Dude' plays the coach of a teen girls gymnastics team
Jeff Bridges will always be 'The Dude' from The Big Lebowski
to me, no matter what role he takes on. In his latest film,
Stick It, he's the coach of an elite team of female gymnasts.
When former gymnast and bad girl, Missy Peregrym, returns
to the sport, it's Jeff's character who takes her on as his
THIS WEEK:The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
(R for nudity and profanity) Dark comedy about a lonely, 63
year-old man (Ion Fiscuteanu) who falls ill and calls for
an ambulance only to be shuttled from hospital around Bucharest
without ever being admitted due to each new doctor’s arriving
at a different diagnosis. (In Romanian with subtitles)
[April 27] Ponor
hoping for a golden finale at European meet
ATHENS: Triple Olympic gold medallist Catalina
Ponor will have one last chance to shine on the international
stage when she takes part in the European championships, which
start in Volos today. The 18-year-old Romanian, who dominated
the 2004 Athens Olympics with victories in the team competition,
the beam and the floor exercise, plans to quit the sport after
[April 26] Ponor:
"I want two gold medals in Volos"
Ponor: «I have an injury problem on my left leg, but
I hope that it will not cause me any trouble during the competition.
My aim in this European
Championships, which will be my last, is to win the gold
medal in balance beam for third consecutive year and to retain
the team title that we had won in 2004. I hope that I will
also be among the challengers on floor exercise, but we will
see. My decision to quit gymnastics after the Europeans of
Volos is definitive. This is my last performance and I want
to enjoy it as much as I can. I don’t know what I will do
next. Maybe I will become a coach in Romania or elsewhere,
but I’m not sure if I will do it immediately after my retirement.
The Nea Ionia sports hall is small, but very good. I believe
that it will host a very interesting European
It' Cast Tumbles Into Gymnastics — Neon Leotards And All
They're trying to make a living at something that destroys
lives as easily as it makes dreams come true. They're looking
for friendships in a cutthroat world where betrayal is commonplace.
They're putting themselves out there to be judged on tiny
details beyond their control. It's no surprise that actresses
and gymnasts deal with the same high-pressure challenges.
On the set of "Stick It," the two groups came together.
[April 26] Moceanu
pays visit to Gulf Breeze
Before she was old enough to drive a car, Dominique
Moceanu had done it all in the world of gymnastics.
Now 10 years later, Moceanu is trying to climb that mountain
again, with her sights on the National Championships in August.
[April 25] Cinema:
Stick It /Reviewed by Scott Tobias
Fake punk-rock has its own visual language, and the opening
minutes of Stick It—a movie about that most punk-rock of sports,
gymnastics—piles on the "Do The Dew" clichés: credits spelled
out in dripping graffiti, crazy jump cuts and camera bobs
out of thirteen, extreme stunts in an empty suburban pool
with skateboards and trick bikes, and much flashing of the
"devil horns" hand signal.
Peregrym Gets Her Gymnastics On in Stick It
For her role in Stick It, Missy trained three months prior
to the start of production to get into the best shape in her
life. Even though she did have a stunt double, Missy knew
she had to look her best. "The camerawork was amazing, the
way that they filmed it; I thought the double was phenomenal.
When she came in, we were in the middle training and I was
[April 24] Romanian movie in NY: THE DEATH OF MR.
Reviewed this week in The Current Cinema. In Romanian with
subtitles. Opening April 26. (at Film Forum.)
[April 24] Former
Olympic champion making competitive comeback
The tiny girl wearing a lime-green outfit and bright-eyed
expression approached Dominique
Moceanu with nervous caution. "Hi, sweetie,'' Moceanu
said, helping ease her young admirer's shyness during a visit
Saturday to Gulf Breeze Gymnastics and Cheer.
"It's really quite an honor for me to still be able to do
this, 10 years later,'' said Moceanu,
24, who is training for a competitive comeback. "If my autograph
can make someone smile or make their day, I'll do it until
the day I die.''
stem cells help paralysed 18 year old to walk
A paralysed 18 year old, Jacki Rabon, who was injured in a
car accident in August 2003, is now able to walk with braces
six months after being treated with her own nasal adult stem
cells. The operation took place at Hospital Egaz Moniz in
Lisbon in October 2005 and involved taking olfactory tissue
from the upper nasal cavity and transplanting the cells into
the patient. The Portuguese neurologist and adult stem cell
pioneer, Dr Carlos Lima, who treated her and whose surgery
has benefited over 45 paralysed patients, since it was developed
in 2002, said that the long-term benefits and possible delayed
side effects of the procedure need to be documented, but even
the smallest amount of restored function can have profound
benefits for paralysed patients. Dr. Lima is collaborating
with physicians at the Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation
Institute of Michigan and Wayne State University School of
Medicine to further develop, advance, and implement this promising
[April 22] Barden
The rival world champions Veselin Topalov (Fide) and Vlad
Kramnik, who beat Garry Kasparov, have signed up for a 12-game
$1m unity match in Kalmykia starting on September 23. Topalov
has far less match experience than his rival, which explains
the recent series in Bucharest, where Topalov took on the
European champion Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. The Romanians made
it a high-profile event, whose match guests included the state
president Traian Basescu and the legendary gymnast Nadia
[April 21] Catalina
Ponor, "The Mom" of the Romanian gymnastics
Ponor said in an interview for the news
channel N24 that she is thinking seriously about retirement
after European Championships. "I no longer feel the
desire to push myself for hard training's" (everybody
saw this past 12 months, darling, glad to hear it from you).
She hopes to get a Gold at Balance Beam "if not, a
Silver or Bronze". We still hope for a Gold, Cata!
Ponor said she likes to train now along with all the girls
from Deva, at least "the gym hall is not empty any more"
(boys were send to train at Izvorani,
to give a meaning to that useless
big investment). Catalina likes to give advice to the
younger team members: "girls even call me Mom" -said
laughing Catalina. Asked about this, an afraid-to-speak-about-this-looking
Izbasa said (in a very mechanical way): "no, only coaches
give us advice's" (looking she was scared to admit any
help from the "rebel" Catalina). Still, Izbasa has
admitted that younger girls "steal" from Catalina
techniques. Nice, let's hope crossed legs and things like
that doesn't fall into this category.
Asked about her post-gymnastics career, Catalina said she
don't want to become a coach and she sill have to think what
else to do, apart from finishing her school. She looked happy
and ready to defend her Beam Queen reputation, maybe for the
last time. Good Luck to Catalina and all the team!
[April 20] Anastasia
Soare - God Mother for Baby Boy "Zece" Comaneci
Soare , a Romanian native and owner of a beauty
empire, will be the God Mother of the Baby Boy "Zece"-the
child of Nadia
Comaneci and Bart Conner, according to "Ciao"
magazine released today. Using some (kind of) tricky questions
(like "Nadia already told us"), the "Ciao"
magazine made Anastasia
Soare to confirm this (by pretending they already know
it for sure).
The "waiting list" for God Parents-to be for the
Baby Boy Zece is long, a lot of celebrities asking to be among
the ones to baptize the new baby. Not announced...the Mayor
of Montreal, which soon will have the 30 years anniversary
of 1976 Games. He is still busy...paying the debt of 1976
We can only hope that Baby 10 will not spend much time at
his God Mother "office", a beauty saloon may not
be the best place to hang out...at least not before the age
when he will look for some (famous) girls. Good Luck to all!
[April 20] The
musts for this week
Moceanu tumbles her way to the Gulf Breeze Gymnastics
and Cheer facilities. Get ready to flip out 10:30 a.m. Saturday,
[April 19] Romanian
Gymnastics Federation has launched their website
In their Anniversary 100 year, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation
has launched their website (is still a work in progress).
To visit the official
website of Romanian Gymnastics Federation, click here.
[April 19] OPINION:
Keep the midriffs, ditch the TV dinners
They bump. They grind. They shake their booties and gyrate
their pelvises to suggestive music. Yeah, Mickey! They are
the cheerleaders. While it's true that cheerleading is polluted
with bare midriffs, skimpy skirts and shorts, and inappropriate
moves that may be sexually implicit, it is preposterous to
say that such display of flesh could encourage eating disorders.
The best way to combat eating disorders is for parents to
dress up what they put in their children's lunchboxes.
[April 19] Cameraman
sticks it to convention in gym pic
Reuters/ Written and directed by "Bring It On!" scribe Jessica
Bendinger, "Stick It" centers on a law-breaking athlete who
attempts breakneck moves both in the gym and in her life.
Okada choreographed a performance of muscular camera work
that expresses the gymnast's unique perspective and challenges
the sport's dainty and balletic reputation.
[April 19] European
Championship gymnasts announced
The Secretary General of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation,
Mircea Apolozan, announced on Tuesday the athletes that are
to compete in the European Championship in Volos, Greece.
The Women's competition will take place between April 27 and
April 30 and the Men's competition is scheduled between May
4 and May 7. Sandra
Izbasa, who took the gold medal in the floor and vault
events at the Romanian Internationals that took place between
April 8 and 9, is part of the senior women's team. Also, Catalina
Ponor, who placed first in the beam event at the Romanian
Internationals, is part of the European Championship team.
[April 17] Americans
hope to offset China Syndrome in 2008
Take the world's best coaches, throw them into a country with
more than 1 billion people and implement some of the philosophies
that helped turn the Eastern bloc into a powerhouse during
the Cold War — politics aside, it's true that young athletes
can be cloistered and trained more efficiently in a totalitarian
society — and the results should be predictable.
"You can bring a lot of kids into a gym, but if they're not
gymnasts, what good does it do?" Steve Penny, president of
USA Gymnastics, said of China's voluminous training system.
"The system we've developed, I'll take that to the games any
day. It's the best coaches in the world under the guidance
of one of the best coaches in the history of the sport" in
[the AP story is also wrongly saying that "Romanian
star coach Octavian Belu is considering working for China
in 2008." -this changed since January, but the sleeping
AP writer still dream about it]
[April 16] Australian
Cheerleaders Told to Cover Up
Australian cheerleaders have been banned from baring midriffs
by officials of the sport who fear displays of skin may encourage
eating disorders. Gymnastics Australia has ordered cheerleading
troupes to find new uniforms by the end of the year. The ban
will affect about 105 teams registered with Gymnastics Australia.
In the United States, the National Federation of State High
School Associations issued a new rule for the 2006-07 school
year requiring that cheerleading uniforms cover the midriff.
[April 16] Stick
It TV Spot: Rock It
Courtesy of Touchstone we have a brand new clip for STICK
It. This TV spot is called "Rock it". Haley Graham (Missy
Peregrym) is a rebellious 17 year-old who is forced to return
to the regimented world of gymnastics after a run-in with
the law. A judge sentences Haley to her ultimate nightmare
- attending an elite gymnastics academy run by legendary hardnosed
coach Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges, Interview). Haley's rebellious
spirit and quick-witted banter quickly shakes things up at
the strict school – making both close friends and bitter foes
along the way. click
to view Stick It TV Spot
[April 16] Living
'statues' tell history's tale
History came to life Thursday at Limestone Creek Elementary
School. More than 200 characters from history and current
events were represented by living "statues" in the second
annual Biography Living Museum staged in the media center.
Kacy Turenne, 11, picked Dominique
Moceanu, who was part of the first American Women's
Gymnastics Team to win the Olympic team gold medal in 1996.
[April 15] Cheerleaders
banned from baring midriffs
Cheerleaders have been banned from baring their midriffs,
with their governing body fearing it might be encouraging
anorexia. Gymnastics Australia has given cheerleader troupes
until the end of the year to find new uniforms, saying current
revealing costumes make other teenagers feel uncomfortable
about their weight. The move has angered cheerleading squads
who believe the move is against the wishes of crowds who attend
sporting events, News Limited papers report. National cheerleading
program manager Nerine Cooper has defended the move saying
the girls often appeared in front of a large number of families. The
ban is already in place in the United States and will
effect about 105 teams registered with Gymnastics Australia.
[April 15] Gymnastics:
'Bad' attitude gets Postell the boot
Maybe it was the pressure of the upcoming NCAA Championships
or maybe it was simply a bad day, or maybe it was a mixture
of both. Whatever the exact reason, gymnastics practice came
to an abrupt end for Utah sophomore Ashley Postell on Friday
as she was kicked out of the gym by coach Greg Marsden.
Marsden said Postell, ranked No. 7 nationally in the all-around,
was dismissed after she brought a bad attitude into the
gym. Asking gymnasts to leave when they're not being positive
is a common ploy by Marsden, but he acknowledged the timing
Missy Peregrym from the movie "Stick it"
Missy Peregrym is currently promoting her latest film, Touchstone
Pictures’ "Stick It," which opens nationwide on April 21st.
In "Stick It," Peregrym plays Haley Graham a former gymnastics
prodigy who devoted her life to gymnastics until, at the age
of 15 and a nationally ranked Final Championship hopeful,
she inexplicably walked out in the middle of the prestigious
Championships competition. It is during this meet that she
discovers a secret that rips apart her family life and, out
of despair, she quits the sport forever. "As a kid sometimes,
the weight of the world is so difficult to carry, so to be
Haley’s age and to find out that the adults in your life aren’t
who they say they are – that really messed her up, "Peregrym
it Movie Trailer
It TV Spot: Rock It.
[April 13] Perfection
no longer possible in gymnastics
A score traditionally associated with gymnastic excellence
— the perfect 10 — has been replaced with a new scoring system
that is drawing mixed reactions at this week's Pacific Alliance
Gymnastics Championships in Honolulu. "When you think of a
perfect 10, you automatically think gymnastics — it's Nadia
Comaneci," said Ron Galimore, a 1980 U.S. Olympian,
who currently works for USA Gymnastics. "I think it's going
to be a little more exciting, but a little more confusing,"
U.S. gymnast Nastia
For example, U.S. gymnast Carly
Patterson's final balance beam routine that scored
9.725 at the 2004 Athens Olympics would translate to 15.7
under the new rules. The system favors athletes who perform
difficult and clean routines, and gives harsher penalties
for those who make mistakes.
[Apr 13] Bearing
In 1903, a young poet named Franz Xaver Kappus wrote a letter
to his literary hero, Rainer Maria Rilke, attaching some of
his poems for the famous writer to critique. To Kappus’ delight,
Rilke responded, saying nothing about the poems but everything
about writing poetry. The letter soon grew into an exchange,
eventually published under the title “Letters to a Young Poet.”
Since then, Rilke’s format — candid letters consisting of
personal anecdotes, technical observations and collected wisdom
about the craft — has been frequently copied. Several years
ago, Basic Books launched a series inspired by Rilke’s effort,
with luminaries from gymnast Nadia
Comaneci to self-described contrarian Christopher
Hitchens addressing their hypothetical successors with words
“Letters to a Young Journalist” (Basic Books), is written
by Samuel G. Freedman, a professor of journalism at Columbia
University and an education columnist for The New York Times.
The good journalist does not seduce and betray but empathize
and report, getting to know his subjects and then writing
about them with fairness and dignity. Which, he added with
a rueful smile, can make his life as a journalism professor
difficult. “You can’t teach people character,” he said. “What
you can do is take people who have character and teach them
how it is applied in journalism.”
tells parents to support, not push, their kids
They never pushed him. They never demanded a specific level
of performance. They were just there. They supported Shine
all the way to a silver medal in the 400-meter intermediate
hurdles at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. "I've watched kids
cry when they didn't do well because they knew Mom and Dad
were going to be upset," Shine said. "The biggest thing I
can do is encourage moms and dads to just be supportive.
Don't push them. If they don't want to do it, there
is no amount of pushing in the world that is going to make
them do it."
Among Shine's memories of the 1976 Olympics was life in the
Olympic Village where the cafeteria attracted stars such as
[Apr 13] Bulgaria
hosts international aerobic gymnastics tournament
Competitors from 16 countries will take part in a round of
the international aerobic gymnastics tournament in Borovets.
Austria, Australia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, France, Finland,
Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, Portugal,
Romania and Russia will send their representatives to the
Rila resort. The competition’s award pool totals 10 000 Swiss
franc, BGNES Sport agency reported.
of pounds set aside for Olympics
Greenwich has been picked to host six events, with equestrian
and modern pentathlon events at the National Maritime Museum,
shooting events at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Repository
Road, a 20,000-seat venue for gymnastics and basketball at
the Dome and rhythmic gymnastics and badminton in a new arena
club getting ready for summer program
With the gymnastic season now over, Armstrong said the club
will not be idle during the summer. It will be holding a summer
program and already the club is getting some positive feed-back
on the program. Armstrong said with the various skills shown
during the season finale, the club can only grow stronger
and more popular. “We have groups as young as two-years-old
coming out,” Armstrong said. “No one is too little to learn
and have fun.”
[April 13] Millennium
Dome to host 2009 world gymnastics championships
Millennium Dome looks as space-agey as you can get, squatting
on the Greenwich peninsula in east London like some recumbent
Now re-branded as O2, after the mobile phone company that
is providing £36 million in sponsorship, the Dome will open
in July 2007 with a major exhibition about Tutankhamun and
the golden age of the pharaohs, while stellar pop names such
as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney have
been cited as future stage attractions. It will also host
the 2009 world gymnastics championships, the basketball events
of the 2012 Olympics...
[April 13] Olympic
gold medal gymnast on Olympics day
Gulf Breeze Gymnastics and Cheer will be conducting Olympics
Day on April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2984 Gulf Breeze
Parkway. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique
Moceanu will be on hand to sign autographs.
[April 12] Jury
acquits local gymnastics coach
Jurors in the trial of local gymnastics coach, Todd Beaney,
found him not guilty Wednesday night on second-degree sexual
abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Beaney was on
trial, accused of sexual abuse and improperly touching a female
student last year.
[April 12] Ponor
plans to retire after European Championships
Ponor's coach, Matei Stanei, said that he will quit coaching
and return to his old passion which is yachting. According
to Stanei, Ponor
supposedly is determined to quit gymnastics after the Women's
European Championship in Volos, Greece between April 27 and
April 30. "Catalina quit gymnastics but reconsidered her decision,"
[April 11] Protests
mar Gymnastics event
Protests by participating states at the Gymnastics event marred
the commencement of the sport at the National Sports Festival
in Abeokuta at the weekend. Petitions, accusations and counter
accusations of manipulations among officials from the Gymnastics
Federation and the technical officials almost resulted into
exchange of punches, but for the intervention of security
Trouble started when some states protested the inclusion of
some elite athletes, who according to them, were not qualified
to be part of the event, but the athletes insisted they must
take part because they were duly registered. This scenario
continued for hours until the technical committee stepped
in and urged everyone to maintain peace and direct all protests
to their office.
[April 11] Edo,
Ogun Trade Blames Over Gymnastics
The gymnastics event at the ongoing National Sports Festival
ran into hitch Sunday when the officials of the event seemingly
handled the scoring event poorly. Our reporter at the venue
of the event witnessed gymnasts from Edo State crying after
performing on the mat. When we sought to know the reason behind
the crisis, an official of the Edo contingent, who spoke on
grounds of anonymity, hinted that the event, which is a scoring
sport, was poorly handled by the officials. He added that
there was a ploy by the Ogun to unseat them in that event
since it was apparent that they (Edo) had the upperhand in
gymnastics. “This is their plan to ensure that they decentralize
our plan to win medals in this sport, which is one of our
strongest sports. I believe the officials are doing the biddings
of officials of the organizers in order to favour them,” he
[April 11] Junior,
member of Gymnastics Club, involved in cancer awareness
After five days in California for a national competition,
the IU Gymnastics Club landed in Denver Sunday to catch a
connecting flight back to Indianapolis. The team members were
excited since they had had a successful tournament and one
member had won the beam competition. Soon after deplaning
in Denver, junior Julianne Repay received a text message from
one of her friends from high school. A few minutes later,
she announced that team member Christine Wampler had died
earlier that morning in Louisville after attending a Phi Kappa
Sigma formal with her boyfriend.
[April 11] Gymnastics
instructor gets a six from judge
FORGET the high bar or the parallel bars, Elizabeth Chiementon
will spend the next six months behind bars for embezzling
$36,000 from a gymnastics club she sent to the brink of bankruptcy.
The former instructor and treasurer plunged the Sunshine Coast
Gymnastics Academy into turmoil and pummelled it into a dire
financial state between January, 1999, and December, 2001.
[April 10] Catalina
Ponor, thinking about retirement after Euros
Ponor is thinking about retirement after European Championships.
During a live interview Monday evening at State TVR2 (with
the show host Andreea
said with a smile "maybe it's time to leave and let the
place for another gymnast". The (bad) news made Raducan
looks very surprised and unprepared for such a topic. Catalina
said the team from Deva will come to Bucharest for final training,
so she will train along with them.
Catalina's coach, Matei Stanei, also a show guest in the studio,
admitted that after last year Worlds, both him and Catalina
gave up training (which shows, now); few weeks later, Catalina
Ponor asked him to start again the training and he agreed
to help her. The live phone interview of Andreea
Raducan with coach Nicolae
Forminte has brought a freezing cold air in the TVR2 studio,
the two national coaches still being in "opposite corners".Still,
a salute can't hurt.
[April 9] Patulli
and Willis at Romanian International gymnastics competition
PLOEISTI, Romania- Dawn Patulli of Beaconsfield, Que., and
Emma Willis of Sarnia, Ont., posted sixth place finishes on
the beam and uneven bars finals respectively on Sunday to
conclude the 16-country Romanian International gymnastics
competition. On beam, Olympic champion Catalina
Ponor of Romania won the gold medal earning 15.850 points
with her compatriot Sandra
Izbasa second at 15.000 and Mandy Loes of Luxemburg third
[April 9] Residents
Angry About Accident
Less than two months ago, a local gymnastics coach was killed
in an accident at the very same location. Since then, residents
in the area have gathered more than 2 thousand signatures
on a petition to have a traffic light put up there. But officials
in Lowhill Township have said they don't have enough money
for a light.
It's always money, money, money..it's not lives. They don't
care about people's lives..they just worry about how much
it's going to cost.
[April 9] Romanian
gymnastics Ploiesti International Championships Results
gymnastics fan work
I made some romanian
gymnastics banners and wallpapers; hope you like them.
Andreea Luca, Canada
Great work, we have included your nice banners and wallpapers
into our Gallery.
Have send you the tracking no. for the gift which was send
to you. Thanks for being such a great romanian gymnastics
Gymnastics International Championships 2006 schedule
Friday, April 7th - 17-19 ; men competition
(live on TVR2 : 17,00-19,00)
Saturday, April 8th - 15-17 ; women competition (live on TVR2
9th - 11 - 13:30; event finals (live on TVR2 : 11,00-13,30)
[April 7] Famous
Coach Inspires Local Gymnasts
"Love your sport," said Karolyi. "Work hard and keep you eyes
big and wide and open and dream. Dream about becoming the
best among the best."
[April 6] Geneva
annual invention expo
A snore prevention device, self-cleaning clothes and a vibrating
condom were among 1,000 devices on show at Geneva’s annual
inventions exhibition on Wednesday. The five-day event, claimed
to be the biggest of its kind in the world, opened on Wednesday.
Health products on show range from a Romanian eyeball gymnastics
device to a “special Chinese herbal formulation to suppress
all forms of flu”.
[April 6] Olympic
Gold Medalist guest at gymnastics meet Gulf Breeze
Gymnastics and Cheer is hosting Olympics Day on April 22,
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special guest Dominique Moceanu, Olympic
gold medalist in gymnastics will be on hand to sign autographs.
The meet, cosponsored by the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics
and Sports Medicine, is open to the public and offers gymnastics
demonstrations and cheerleading entertainment.
[April 5] 2005
Gymnast of the Year
The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame has organizing the
world's only worldwide Gymnast of the Year award. We have
chosen three male and three female gymnasts, all of whom gave
memorable performances in the year 2005, and are inviting
you to vote! The gymnasts nominated for this prestigious honor
are Yann Cucherat, Diego Hypolito and Hiroyuki Tomita,
Cheng Fei, Nastia Liukin and Chellsie Memmel. All these
gymnasts led their respective national programs in international
competition in 2005. The results will be announced April 28,
2006, at the 10th Annual International Gymnastics Hall of
Fame Induction ceremony in Oklahoma City, Okla.
[April 5] Los
Angeles Times: A star is born?
Romanian-born Bela Karolyi, now the U.S. gymnastics coach,
is in Hawaii promoting the upcoming Pacific Alliance Championships
and spreading a little gossip. Asked about former pupil Nadia
Comaneci, the petite Romanian who at the Montreal Olympics
in 1976 scored the first perfect 10 to upstage the powerful
Soviets, Karolyi told a Honolulu Star-Bulletin columnist:
"Nadia is 45 years old. Oh my! She's 45 years old, she's living
in Norman, Okla., married with former gymnast Bart Conner.
Happily married. And expecting now, 45 years of age, a child!"
(For the record, she is 44.)
[April 4] Former
youth gymnastics coach in Florence pleads to misdemeanors
A former youth gymnastics coach has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
sexual abuse charges, avoiding a trial on felony counts, after
former students accused him of inappropriately touching them
when they were preteens. With the plea to three charges, 39-year-old
William Carl Foster was sentenced to six months in the Lauderdale
County jail and must register as a sex offender.
[April 3] Bela
Karolyi to visit local gym
Legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi will visit Island
Tumblers Gymnastics tomorrow to promote the upcoming Pacific
Alliance Gymnastics Championships. The coach, who led the
1996 U.S. women's Olympic team to a gold medal, will be on
hand from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. to sign autographs and speak about
the April 13-15 event at the Neal Blaisdell Arena and the
Hawaii Convention Center. Island Tumblers Gymnastics is located
in the Waipio Business Complex at 94-475 Ukee Street. For
more information, call 678-2999. Directions are also available
online at itgym.com.
[April 3] GYMNASTICS:
Durratun RM133,000 richer
DURRATUN NASHIHIN ROSLI received a whopping RM133,000 under
the National Sports Council cash incentive scheme for her
four silver medals at the recent Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
The 17-year-old gymnast won the medals in the individual apparatus
(club rope, and individual all round) and contributed another
in the team which also had Fong Seow Ting and Chrystal Lim
Wen Chean playing a pivitol role. Under the scheme, a gold
is worth RM80,000 while silver and bronze are worth RM40,000
and RM20,000 respectively. There are more rewards coming for
her. The Form Five pupil at the Bukit Jalil Sports School
learnt that a private corporation will be rewarding her for
her excellent performance in the Games.
[April 2] Un year ago: The
[April 2] Carly
Patterson Launches Singing Career
FORT WORTH, Texas -- There is more to Olympic gold medal gymnast
Patterson than tumbling. The North Texan is launching
her singing career and you can be among the first to hear
a sample of her new song...
[April 2] A rare peek at North Korea
group to visit secretive nation during gymnastics show
While the Bush administration continues to enforce -- and
tighten -- its ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba, it is tolerating
American tourism to North Korea. A Kenilworth, Ill., tour
operator, Asia Pacific Travel, is promoting trips to what
is called the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" for
the primary purpose of attending the mass gymnastics of 100,000
spectator-participants at a stadium in Pyongyang from Aug.
9 to mid-October.
[April 1] Gymnastics
takes a toll on the body
Many people believe that gymnastics is the foundation of all
sports. It teaches balance, flexibility and builds strength.
But many people do not know about the negative effects gymnastics
can have on the body over time. Stacey Bevan does.
According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System,
a division of the United States government’s Consumer Products
Safety Commission, in 1998, the injury rates for kids age
five to 14 in several popular sports from least to greatest
goes as follows: Dance, 19 per cent of athletes sustaned an
injury; basketball, 31.5 per cent; ice hockey, 35.3 per cent;
football, 45 per cent; soccer, 45.7 per cent; baseball, 50.4
per cent and gymnastics at 77.3 per cent. “Many gymnasts I
see only after they were forced to take time off by either
their parents or coaches,” said Ganglon. “They are so involved
with the sport they want to heal just enough so that they
are able to train again. This is very harmful because they
do not give the injury enough time to fully heal only increasing
the risk of a more serious injury down the road.”
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