[Dec 30] Fans
The Romanian Gymnastics Team
Merry Christmas, Romania!!! And Happy New
I’ll be cheering for you girls. Keep your cool during
competition and don’t give up after a fall. Your gymnasts
are one of the best in the world. Take the gold at the Olympics
just like in 04. I want to visit Romania on vacation someday…
Empire Gymnastics of Petaluma sends their greetings!
Merry Craciun si un Fericit Nou An!!!
-Lester Sit Petaluma,
California, United States
Greetings from Germany
I hope the members of the Romanian National
team have spent a merry Christmas. I wish them a successful
and healthy New Year 2007. I also wish them best luck for
the upcoming Worlds in Germany and on their way to Beijing.
Your perfromances have always impressed me and arouse my deep
Season's greetings from Washington DC
I wish to all the girls in the team, and to everyone
a Merry Christmas and I hope peace and joy fill in your hearts
in this time of hapiness. Keep being beautiful and lovely
I'm sending you my blessings for happy new year
and many more to come I wish you all well in 2008. You will
all be in my prayer. May your New Year bring you many blessings
and many new things to your life. Good Luck!
[Dec 29] romanian-gymnastics.com 2006
Gymnast of the Year: Sandra
Romanian gymnastics Fan's Award: Floarea
Man of the Year: Nicolae
Most Ambitious Gymnast: The Athens Olympic Queen,
Lifetime achievement: Matei Stanei (Catalina
gymnastics event coverage:
10 pentru alte civilizatii", 2pages/ Onciu Camelia
for Monitorul Brasov
Best (Romanian & world!) gymnastics analysis:
e gimnastica?", Dan Claudiu Tanasescu for "Tricolorul"
Article of the Year:
Forminte, asteptat la cotitura" -Tiberiu Stama
of the Year:
Cristian Roman, (former) journalist Gazeta Sporturilor
Website of the Year:
the new Prosport
website: nice new look, easy to navigate, read, find news
Book of the Year:
secrets of a Gymnast" by Andrei Nourescu
Best Romanian gymnastics 2006 competition Report:
Gymnastics Championships Report by Andrew
Kerr, Atlanta, USA
Photo of the Year:
Champion" by Doina/Aarhus, picturing Marian
Dragulescu's image on the scoreboard of Aarhus W.C. and the
giant Romanian flag displayed
Video montage of the Year:
10" by Shanfan ( Heather Gibson), Memphis,
Photo story of the Year:
Bontas: family and career photos by Andrea Luca/Canada
Lemon of the Year (worst 2006
by Sunday Mirror
Romanian gymnastics 2006 Best Friend
Hongyun, head of famous Beijing Clinic for stem cells
"Always Close to Romanian
"The Good Samaritan":
Ghervasuc & Romanian
[Dec 27] Elena Mukhina dead at 46; 1978 World Champion
died Dec. 22nd
our country, athletic successes and victories have always
meant somewhat more than even simply the prestige of the nation.
They embodied (and embody) the correctness of the political
path we have chosen, the advantages of the system, and they
are becoming a symbol of superiority. Hence
the demand for victory - at any price. As for risk,
well… We’ve always placed a high value on risk, and a human
life was worth little in comparison with the prestige of the
[our note: same was true for Romania, until the resignation
of those last two gym cruel dictators]
[Dec 24] Greettings
from Romanian Gymnastics Team 2007
received two greeting cards from the Romanian Gymnastics
"We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!"
-The members of the Romanian Gymnastics
Romanian gymnastics Fans can send their greetings for the
[Dec 24] At
last, Tweddle is a British gymnast who can clear bars
Independent - London,England,UK
For Beth Tweddle, 2006 has been what might
be described in gymnastic terms as the Perfect Ten. She became
the European champion, world champion and, last weekend, World
Cup champion in Brazil, confirming not only her global supremacy
but her status as the best gymnast ever produced in UK.
This suggests that the 21-year-old Tweddle
and her sport have arrived and, more importantly, expectations
are genuinely high that at last Britain may have someone who
can beat the Russians, Romanians [dreams..]
and Chinese at their own game and strike gold for the first
time in Beijing.
TV Alert: Romanian "Golden Team" Show
Romanian TVR1: Dec 26, 16,25-17,25 (replay Dec 26: 06,05)
Romanian TVRi : Dec 26, 21,05-22,00 (live
on web, click here)
[Dec 24] A
small town in Transylvania gets ready for a cultural rebirth
Guardian Unlimited - UK
Romania prepares to join the EU and the
nation marks 17 years since communist dictator Nicolae
Ceausescu was ousted and executed in a chaotic Christmas
Born into privilege and sure of his father's
absolute power, Nicu acquired and indulged a boundless appetite
for drink, gambling, women and fast cars and, when his father
made him governor of Sibiu in 1980, it soon became the heart
of his bacchanal.
Nicu's most famous alleged victim was Nadia
Comaneci, who in 1976 won three gold medals and became
the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at the Olympics. When
he was Minister for Youth in 1981, Nicu hired Comaneci
as a gymnastics coach but, according to her mother, he soon
summoned her from Bucharest to his court in Sibiu, 180 miles
to the north, where he beat her and tore out her fingernails.
'Nicu used Nadia as a toy, as a plaything,
for his own entertainment,' said Alexandrina Comaneci,
who said he raped her daughter when she was 17. 'When I
think of the ordeals she went through... when I think of her
body blue with bruises from head to toe. I would hang him
by his tongue and watch him die - no ordinary death would
be good enough for that man.' Nadia
later denied that Nicu abused her, but the allegations secured
his grim reputation, as did claims that he killed two people
while tearing around in his sports car, and squandered huge
amounts of public money in the casinos of Las Vegas.
[Dec 21] Gym
teacher abused pupils
Oxford Mail - Oxford,England,UK
A former Olympic gymnastics judge has been
jailed for sex abuse after a private detective used the
Internet to trace his victims. Ron Smith, 65, of Wessex Road,
Didcot, was sentenced to three years in prison at Oxford Crown
Court yesterday for offences committed more than 20 years
Bulgaria's Stambolova named Best Balkan Athlete
European and world 400m sprint champion
Vanya Stambolova was named best Balkans athlete for 2006.
Stambolova won the first place, gathering 60 points, Focus
sport agency reported. The award for the achievement is 4500
leva. Last year's winner, Romanian gymnast Marian
Dragulescu ranked second, having a total score of
TV Alert: Hilton Show on TV
By The Chalk Bin
Hilton Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular is
airing on NBC next Sunday (Christmas Eve). These are the
gymnasts you'll see: Paul & Morgan Hamm, Raj Bhavsar,
Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, and Ivan Ivankov.
And be sure to catch Shannon Miller's fun floor
routine - it's her final solo exhibition performance because
she officially retired from professional gymnastics following
[Dec 19] Octavian
Belu, new head of Romanian Sport
Early this week, Octavian
Belu will take the presidency of the National Agency
for Sport, an office left vacant by Florian Gheorghe’s resignation.
Octavian Belu says he expects his appointment to
be published in the Official Gazette and that he will present
President Basescu his resignation as presidential adviser.
Belu mentioned that
Mariana Bitang will remain at Cotroceni, because the
two have launched numerous projects together, which are very
important for Romanian sports, and which must be carried on.
[Dec 16] Romania’s
President asked Belu to consider running The NSA
[Dec 5] Romania's
ANS President has (finally!) quit his position
[Dec 18] Interview
with 2007 newsmaker Nastia Liukin
On Monday, Dec. 18, the latest
issue of Newsweek
hits the stand with its, “Who’s Next in 2007?’ feature that
includes 2008 U.S. Olympic hopeful, Nastia.
Q1: So what did you think when you found out you
were in ‘Who’s Next in 2007’ for Newsweek?
NASTIA LIUKIN: “I was really excited when I found out.
I knew I was doing an interview and a photo shoot, but when
my agent actually told me what it was for, I was very excited
and I couldn’t believe it. It’s really a big honor to be picked
for the ‘Top 20 People to Watch’ and to be the only female
athlete made it even more exciting. I’m really excited and
I can’t wait to see it.
Newsweek - USA: Nastia
Liukin: vaulting toward the Beijing Games
[Dec 18] Dos
Santos Wins Gymnastics Gold
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Daiane Dos Santos won
the women's floor routine before a home crowd Sunday at the
World Cup Final, and Romania's Marian
Dragulescu took the gold medal in the men's vault.
Dos Santos, the floor exercise winner
at the 2003 world championships, scored 15.600 points, edging
Britain's Elizabeth Tweedle (15.200) and another Brazilian,
Lais Souza (14.925). "It's great to win gold again,"
Dos Santos said. "It's a big relief."
The United States did not attend, saying its
athletes were recovering from injuries and not in good enough
shape. The Romanians and some of the Chinese men also
did not travel to Brazil.
[Dec 18] Dominique
Moceanu wedding photos
[Dec 17] Postcard
from Romanian Gymnastics Team visiting a Monastery
Romanian Gymnastics Team has
visited "Simbata de Jos" Monastery, during their
Mountain training camp.
Romania has an Orthodox
majority (like 90%) population and a long historical tradition
of building (and visiting, in modern ages) beautifully build
Monasteries. These are not just religion-related buildings,
they have also historical museums with very old books, (first
books ever to be printed were produced in such places) traditional
objects and clothes...
Newsweek - USA: Nastia
Liukin:vaulting toward the Beijing Games
The ferocious ambition, says Dad, is all
her own: "There's this tiger inside her."
"I never think, 'What if I roll my ankle again?'
" she says. "I think what it would be like to stand
on top of the podium and listen to the national anthem."
[Dec 17] Cheng,
Tweedle win gold in gymnastics World Cup Final in Brazil
International Herald Tribune - France
SAO PAULO, Brazil: China's Cheng Fei
took gold on vault and Britain's Elizabeth Tweedle
won on the uneven bars at the gymnastics World Cup Final in
Brazil on Saturday. Cheng, coming off her second consecutive
Championships title in October in Denmark, scored
15.600 points to beat home crowd favorite Lais Souza of Brazil,
who had 15.112. Russia's Elena Zamolodchikova, a former world
and Olympic champion in the event, was third with 14.875.
Brazil's Diego Hypolito won the men's floor
exercise, World champion Marian
Dragulescu of Romania skipped the event.
The United States declined its invitations
for the event in Sao Paulo, saying its athletes were recovering
from injuries and not in competition shape. The Romanians
and some of the Chinese men did not travel to Brazil
Brazilian wins and Tunisian finishes 6th in Gymnastics World
[Dec 16] Romania’s
President asked Belu to consider running The NSA
Bucharest/Mediafax: Romania’s President
Traian Basescu said Saturday after returned from Strasbourg
that he asked presidential counselor Octavian
Belu on sports problems to seriously consider taking
over the position of president of the National Sports Agency,
questionnaire: Marian Dragulescu, girls and gymnast's
Mayo Advertiser - Castlebar,Mayo,Ireland
Shannon Garrett lives in Breaffy, Castlebar, and trains
with the Nadia Gymnastics Club in Ballina. She has won numerous
national and international medals in his chosen sport.
Male sports person most admire: Marian
Dragulescu from Romania
[Dec 15] County
expands tuberculosis testing
Cedar Rapids Gazette - IA, United States
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - Testing for exposure
to a tuberculosis outbreak last summer in Cedar Rapids
has been expanded to include an additional 350 children up
to 15 years of age who may have been exposed at Twisters
Gymnastics. Testing was expanded after the Linn County
Public Health Department determined that transmission occurred
in ``a few'' of the young people identified as having contacted
with one student at Twisters who was infected. She said transmission
does not mean that they have active signs of the disease,
or could transmit the disease to others.
[Dec 14] US
Gymnastics : 5 million gymnasts!
What had Karolyi so excited was the prospect of
intense competition among the nation's estimated 5 million
gymnasts for those 12 Olympic spots - six women and six
men - at the Beijing Olympics, particularly among the American
women he and his wife guide. "I promise - and this is not
a cheap promise - that these will be the best Olympic trials
ever," he said.
[Dec 13] Catalina
Ponor wants to return at Romanian gymnastics team
Matei Stanei, former coach of Catalina
Ponor, has announced that he got a phone call from
Catalina (working in Japan for a TV Show), which told him
she wants to go back to training, in March 2007.
wants to work hard to get a Gold medal on BB, at Worlds in
2007 and another Gold at Beijing Games. I have had her confirmation
that she is determined to returns", said Matei Stanei,
which has trained Catalina
Ponor for European Championships this year.
"To have -again-a place in
the team, Catalina
Ponor must pass through the test of Romanian National
Championships"-has said main coach Nicolae
Forminte during a live TV sport
program at OTV station, last Sunday.
[Dec 12] Sandra
Izbasa named "Athlete of the Year" by the RGF
Izbasa was named "The Athlete of the Year"
by the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (RGF). The RGF general
Secretary Mircea Apolzan told to the media that "Sandra's
nomination was made based purely on results from 2006 competitions."
He added that "there will be no financial rewards
for this nomination."
[Dec 12] On
Sports Journalism By Wendy Smith
In 1995, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Joan
Ryan published a book that went beyond the lipstick and sequins
to unearth some ugly truths about elite gymnastics and figure
skating. She told the stories of countless athletes who
suffered debilitating injuries, verbal abuse, parental pressure,
and coach-mandated starvation diets, all in the name of Olympic
Her reporting on what she termed "celebrated
child abuse" spurred the International Gymnastics Federation
to raise the minimum age for a girl to compete in the Olympics
from 15 to 16 for the 2000 Sydney Games. These are the kinds
of stories I would like to pursue with respect to sports journalism:
those that provoke debate rather than simply promote sport,
those that initiate legislative or social change.
I believe there are many issues that generally
fly under the radar of most sports broadcasting today: increased
corporate sponsorship and the repercussions of the commercialization
of sport, drug testing and the blurring of traditional gender
boundaries, to name a few.
[Dec 8] Need
New Year's Eve babysitting?
For parents looking for something more but
have no where to leave the kids, Mojo
Gymnastics is offering a parents’ night out from 6
p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 10 a.m. New Year’s Day, allowing
you to party all night AND sleep. When
was the last time you got to do that? It’s open to kids 5
and older. For $50 they get dinner, breakfast, snacks and
karaoke. If you’re interested, call now and be prepared to
leave a $25 deposit to reserve a space.
[Dec 7] Increased
bonuses for Romanian gymnastics
The Romanian Olympic Committee (ROC) has
announced that it has increased the monthly bonuses offered
to the coaches and to the top gymnasts from the Romanian gymnastics
[Dec 7] China
sets new medals record
China became the first country to win
100 Asian Games artistic gymnastic gold medals today when
Zhang Nan won the women’s beam. Just one hour later they racked
up their 101st medal in the closing artistic gymnastics events
of the Doha 2006, when Cheng Fei won the women’s floor exercise.
[Dec 7] World
champion Cheng dominates floor at Asiad gymnastics
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
World champion Cheng Fei snared the women's
floor title with ease, adding the third gold to her glory
on team and vault in Doha on Wednesday. Cheng Fei, the triple
world champion at Aarhus
championships, powered through her difficult tumbling
passes and performed with ease and grace to take her third
gold on floor. She scored 15. 750 points.
"I should say I performed well on general, but a
little bug is still there," said Cheng. "Hopefully
it will get better and better. I think I am a competitive
gymnast on beam though I did not go to the apparatus. I don't
know if I will train on uneven bars. It depends on my coach.
I will get myself ready for the forthcoming World Cup final
[Dec 6] Maria Olaru
drama : who's next?
Olaru has avoided in the last minute a possible paralyze
by doing an emergency operation in Budapest, Romania. A metal
implant was inserted between her L1 and L1 vertebras.
[Dec 6] Sandra
Izbasa, Best Athlete of Steaua Club
Izbasa, the leader of Romanian gymnastics team, was
recognized as the Best 2006 Athlete of Steaua Club.
During a ceremony in Bucharest last evening, she received
her title from the Romanian Defense Ministry.
"My first goal for 2007 is to get medals
at FX, BB and AA at European Championships; I could have done
better on Worlds this year if I haven't had all those problems."
[ Dec 6] Gifts from St.
According to Romanian tradition, children receive
gifts on the night of St.Nicholas. Parents leave the gifts
(usually sweets, clothing, toys) in their shoes, specially
prepared for this night. In the morning, children check to
tee if they get any. Those who did not obey to their parents,
usually receive a small stick-which is supposed to be used
to punish the bad children.
Romanian gymnastics team was in Bucharest for
the regular medical tests and they got their St.Nicolas gifts
this morning. (photo update)
[Dec 5] Romania's
ANS President has (finally!) quit his position
The National Sport Agency-ANS- President has (finally!)
quit his position; not because of a late spark of honor, but
due to some political changes in Romanian politics (his
party - insignificant one- has retired from Government).
Romanian gymnastics, the moron did two "memorable"
things: he gave alcohol (champagne, the standard version and
not the alcohol-free
version, the champagne for children, widely available
in Romania) to the gymnastics
team at Women's Day celebration, in 2005.Almost all
girls were under minimum age (18) to be given alcohol and
all of them were top athletes in training*!
At Romanian gymnastics (women) team return
from World Gymnastics Championships, the ANS President (or
any of his lazy, incompetent employees) didn't welcomed the
[Dec 5] 'Unforeseen
meltdown' closes gymnastics club
Press-Enterprise (subscription) - Riverside,CA,USA
RIVERSIDE - Without warning, a popular Riverside
gymnastics and cheerleading club has gone out of business,
leaving parents stunned and coaches waiting for their latest
A letter taped to the mostly empty and shuttered
club's front door was the only notice given about the closure
of Mission Hills Gymnastics, 7330 Sycamore Canyon Blvd. Parents
and coaches said the company had been doing business for six
years in Riverside. "Due to a sudden and unforeseen meltdown
with our business partners we have been forced to close,"
[Dec 4] Gym
owner gets 10 yrs. in child-sex case
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA
East Rochester gymnastics center owner Marian
Asenov Penev will spend 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting
a 13-year-old student. Under terms of a plea deal, Penev
admitted guilt this morning in federal charges levied in U.S.
District Court, and is scheduled to plead guilty to state
charges this afternoon in Monroe County Court.
In exchange for the pleas, Penev, 40, will serve
a combined sentence in a federal prison, said U.S. attorney
Rick Resnick. Although Penev faced up to 30 years behind bars
on the federal charges and 10 to 20 years on the state charges,
prosecutors said they offered him the deal, with the consent
of the student’s family.
[Dec 4] Chinese
women win team title of gymnastics at Asiad
Chinese women team wrapped up their ninth
consecutive title at Asiad by a large margin over DPR Korea
at the Aspire Stadium in Doha on Sunday. China collected a
total of 239.400 points, 10.850 ahead of the silver winner
DPK Korea (228.550). Japan finished third with 225. 950 points.
And Writing: The Oil And Water Of Writing Success
For many years, I prided myself on my perfectionist
tendencies. "What's wrong with wanting to be perfect?"
I'd ask. Isn't "perfect" a wonderful word, a positive one?
Don't people remember gymnast Nadia
Comaneci for her perfect ten? Why settle for B's
when you can get A's, for "good" when you could be "best"?
And that perfectionism served me in many ways.
I did very well in school. Loved reading because
I was so good at it, and writing because of the grades and
accolades I received from my English teachers and friends.
I used my drive to be perfect as a compass for where I wanted
my life to go; if I was good at something (and received praise
for it), I stuck with it. If not, I dropped it like the proverbial
[About the Author: Mary Anne Hahn publishes
WriteSuccess, the free biweekly ezine of resources, information
and inspiration for people who want successful writing careers.]
[Dec 4] Indian
woman volunteer killed in Doha accident
Doha (PTI): A Qatar-based Indian woman, who was working as
a volunteer at the Asian Games here, was killed in
a road accident. The 60-year-old woman, whose identity has
not been revealed as yet, was hit by a car when she was crossing
a busy city centre street yesterday, organisers said.
[Dec 3] Gold
medal winner to attend gym event
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte,NC,USA
A new gym in western Gastonia will have
an Olympic gold medal winner at its grand opening in January.
Antigravity Gym is now hiring instructors, and registration
for dance, cheerleading and gymnastics classes will start
Monday at 1000 S. Myrtle School Road. The first day of classes
at the 26,000-square-foot gym will be Jan. 8.
The grand opening on Jan. 13 will feature Dominique
Moceanu, an Olympic gold medalist as a member of the 1996
U.S. gymnastics squad. Moceanu will sign autographs in the
morning and conduct a clinic that afternoon. The registration
fee for the clinic is $25. For more information, or to
apply for a job as an instructor...
[Dec 2] Five
Things You Don’t Know About Me- By Sarahgrace
...5. When I was a kid, I saw a TV movie about Nadia
Comaneci, and was very inspired to do gymnastics.
I went to my first gymnastics meet ever and it scared the
crap out of me. (I do not perform well under pressure.) I
quit gymnastics afterwards and never tried again. I still
regret that decision...
[Dec 1] China
favored in gymnastics at Doha
International Herald Tribune - France
DOHA, Qatar: A high-class preview of potential
podium finishers at the Beijing Olympics will be featured
in the Asian Games gymnastics competition beginning
Saturday. The 2008 host country should figure prominently
In the women's event, China's Cheng Fei
is the world vault champion in 2005 and 2006, and the world
champion in the floor exercise. Cheng led the Chinese team,
including veteran Zhang Nan, through a tough final training
session this week.
[Dec 1] Gymnastics on TV
Fri., Dec. 1
8 pm Women's Gymnastics: 1996, BYU vs. UCLA (BYU)
10 pm Women's Gymnastics: 2001, BYU vs. Utah State (BYU)
[Dec 1] Americans
taking pass on World Cup final
International Herald Tribune - France
NEW YORK: There won't be any American medalists
at next month's World Cup final. No American gymnasts, either.
The United States declined its invitations for the Dec. 16-17
meet in Sao Paolo, Brazil, saying its athletes are recovering
from injuries and aren't in competition shape.
The Romanian women aren't competing either,
according to a list from the International Gymnastics Federation,
and some of the Chinese men are passing, too.
[Dec 1] Romania's National Day : La Multi Ani, Romania!
Romania - official website
Listen (for free) Romanian carols:
Hrusca - Linu-i lin(colind)
Hrusca - Deschide nana usile
Buy album: Iarasi
[Nov 30] Nadia
Comaneci at Romania's National Day Ceremony
Former gymnast Nadia
Comaneci (photo, look of "X" mark)
was among the guests at Romania's National Day Ceremony hosted
by the Presidency.
[Nov 30] Marian
Dragulescu received Medal from Presidency
Romanian gymnast Marian
Dragulescu has received "For Merit" medal
from President Basescu, during the National Day of Romania
reception at Presidential Palace.
Dragulescu is the only athlete which received a medal
during the ceremony..
[Nov 30] Court:
Boy can't join girls' gym team
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
MADISON, Wis. -- A state appeals court on Thursday
rejected a lawsuit by a boy who wanted to compete on his
high school's girls' gymnastics team. The District 4 Court
of Appeals upheld a judge's dismissal of Keith Michael Bukowski's
lawsuit against the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association,
which has a rule prohibiting boys from competing in girls'
Bukowski filed the lawsuit as a junior at
Stevens Point Area High School in 2004. He argued the WIAA
rule preventing him from trying out for and competing on the
girl's gymnastics team discriminated against him because his
school did not have a boys' team.
Gymnastics Fan Postcard from Aarhus
the first event World championships in gymnastics, with only
having a team from which not much was expected, the red-yellow-and-blues
were only fighting hemselves (the Chinese were out of reach
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