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Steliana Nistor
  Sandra Izbasa
  
Alina Stanculescu
  Loredana Sucar
  Roxana Stan 
  Daniela Druncea
 
  Elena   Chiric
  Floarea Leonida
 
  2007 Seniors:
  Aluissa Lacusteanu
  Andreea Grigore
  Andra Stanescu
  Madalina Gutu
  Ana Maria Tamarjan
  Adriana Tamarjan
  
  2008 Seniors:
  
Cerasela   Patrascu
  Alexandra Ghita
  Andreea Acatrinei
  Gabriela Dragoi
 
  coaches:
 
Nicolae Forminte (main)
  
Liliana Cosma
  Daniel Meran
  Marius Vintila
  Lucian Sandu
  Raluca Bugner

  MAG
  
Marius  Berbecar
  Adrian Bucur
  Ovidiu Buidoso
 
  
Marian Dragulescu
  Cosmin Iancu
  Alin Jivan
  Flavius Koczi
  Florin Nebunu
  Bogdan Orzata
  Cosmin Popescu
  Daniel Popescu
  Dan Potra
  Razvan Selariu
  
Robert Stanescu
  Andrei Suciu
 main coach Dan Grecu
  coaches

  Athens 2004   
  
Catalina Ponor
  Daniela Sofronie
  Monica Rosu
  Alexandra Eremia
  Oana Ban   
  Silvia Stroescu
  Andreea Munteanu
 Main coach: Octavian Belu
 
coach Mariana Bitang
 coach Nicolae Forminte
 
coach Lucian Sandu


  Urzica Marius
  Dragulescu Marian
  Suciu Ioan
  Potra Dan
  Selariu Razvan
  Popescu Daniel

 Main coach: Dan Grecu
 
 
Sydney 2000
  (Gold Team+4 medals)

  Simona Amanar
  Loredana Boboc
  Andreea Isarescu
  Maria  Olaru
  Claudia Presecan 
  Andreea Raducan

   
   Atlanta 1996
   (Bronze Team + 7 medals)
   Simona Amanar
  Gina Gogean
  Ionela Loaies
  Alexandra Marinescu  
  Lavinia Milosovici  
  Mirela Tugurlan

     
  
  Barcelona 1992
  Cristina Bontas
  Gina Gogean
  Vanda  Hadarean 
  Lavinia Milosovici  
  Maria Neculita
  Mirela Pasca
  (Silver Team + 4 medals)

  Seoul 1988
 
Aurelia Dobre
  Eugenia Golea
  Celestina Popa 
  Gabriela  Potorac
  Daniela Silivas 
  Camelia Voinea
  (Silver Team + 8 medals)

 
 Los Angeles (US) 1984
  
Lavinia  Agache
   Laura  Cutina
   Cristina  Grigoras
   Simona Pauca
   Stanulet  Mihaela
   Szabo Ecaterina

 (Gold Team + 9 Medals)
 

 Moscow (USSR) 1980
  Nadia  Comaneci
  Rodica Dunca
   Emilia  Eberle
   Cristina Grigoras  
   Melita Ruhn
   Dumitrita Turner

 (Silver Team + 6 medals)

 Montreal (CAN) 1976
 Nadia Comaneci
  Mariana  Constantin
  Georgeta  Gabor
  Anca  Grigoras
  Gabriela Trusca 
  Teodora Ungureanu
  (Silver Team + 6 medals+1 MAG)
  coach: Bela Karolyi

 Munich 1972
  
Elisabeta Turcu
  (6th Team)


 Rome (Italy) 1960
   Anastasia  IONESCU
   Sonia     IOVAN
   Elena  LEUSTEAN
   Elena NICULESCU   
   UttaPORECEANU
   Emilia
VATASOIU
 (Bronze team)
   
 Melbourne (AUS) 1956
  Elena SACALICI 
  Georgeta
HURMUZACHI
  Sonia
IOVAN
  Elena
 LEUSTEAN
  Elena
 NICULESCU  
  Emilia
VATASOIU
 (Bronze team + 1 Medal)

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  Catalina Ambrozie
  Camelia Andronic
  Rodica Apateanu
  Raluca Babaligea
  Augustina Badea
  Mirela Barbalata
  Simona Bartoloti
  Iona Berta
  Ana Maria Bican
  Erica Boncsina
  Ioana Bondor
  Diana Bostan
  Daniela Brindescu
  Raluca Bugner
  Violeta Burtescu
  Andreea Cacovean
  Andreea Chelaru
  Sabina Cojocar
  Mariana Constantin
  Draguta Dobre
  Alexandra Dobrescu
  Dana Dumitru
  Bianca Ferariu
  Lacramioara Filip
  Aurelia Gheba
  Gabriela Gheorghe
  Gabi Gheorghiu
  Angela Ghimpu
  Eugenia Golea
  Alina Goreac
  Cristina Grigoras
  Nadia Hategan
  Nicoleta Iancu
  Paula Ioan
  Carmen Ionescu
  Cristina Itu
  Anca Kiss
  Izabela Lacatus
  Alina Lazar
  Elena Loaies
  Daniela Maranduca
  Stefania Marin
  Rodica Marinescu
  Camelia Mindricel
  Simona Mocanu
  Marilena Neacsu
  Maria Neculita
  Eliza Nicolau
  Florenta Oancea
  Mirela Oancea
  Mariana Oboroceanu
  Nicoleta Onel
  Elena Oprea
  Alina Pascariu
  Marcela Paunescu
  Oana Petrovschi
  Eugenia Popa
  Mihaela Popa
  Olimpia Popa
  Marina Radu
  Camelia Renciu
  Simona Renciu
  Lenuta Rus
  Claudia Rusan
  Lucia Rusan
  Cristina Sabau
  Monica Sabau
  Rodica Sabau
  Angela Sandu
  Mirela Sidon
  Lenuta Slabu
  Ramona Socarici
  Liliana Stanciu
  Mirela Stanciu
  Lorena Stancu
  Alina Stanculescu
  Olga Stefan
  Anca Suciu
  Andreea Taclit
  Madalina Tanase
  Daniela Trandafir
  Mariana Tudor
  Mirela Tugurlan
  Dumitrita Turner
  Andreea Ulmeanu
  Elena E. Ungurean 
  Corina UNGUREANU
  Dorina Ungureanu
  Emanuela Ungureanu
  Ecaterina Ureche
  Marilena Vladarau
  Camelia Voinea
  Ana Maria Zaharia
  Luminita Zavod
  Dana Zbenghea
  Cristina Zelenca




 




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[Dec 30] Fans Greetings for The Romanian Gymnastics Team
   Merry Christmas, Romania!!! And Happy New Year!!
  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…
   Redwood 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 admiration!
   Stefanie Zott

  
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 as always!!!
   Sergio

   Dearest gymnasts,
  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!
  Tiger

[Dec 29] romanian-gymnastics.com 2006 Awards
 Gymnast of the Year: Sandra Izbasa
 Romanian gymnastics Fan's Award: Floarea Leonida
 Man of the Year: Nicolae Forminte
 Most Ambitious Gymnast: The Athens Olympic Queen, Catalina Ponor
 Lifetime achievement: Matei Stanei (Catalina Ponor's coach)
 
Best gymnastics event coverage:
  "Un 10 pentru alte civilizatii", 2pages/ Onciu Camelia    for Monitorul Brasov

   Best (Romanian & world!) gymnastics analysis:
  "Unde e gimnastica?", Dan Claudiu Tanasescu for                                         "Tricolorul" newspaper

  Article of the Year:
  "Nicolae Forminte, asteptat la cotitura" -Tiberiu Stama for "Tricolorul"

  Sports Journalist 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:
  
"The secrets of a Gymnast" by Andrei Nourescu
 
  Best Romanian gymnastics 2006 competition Report:
   World Gymnastics Championships Report  by Andrew Kerr, Atlanta, USA

  Photo of the Year:
  "The 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:
  "Perfect 10" by Shanfan ( Heather Gibson), Memphis, TN, US

  Photo story of the Year:
  Cristina Bontas: family and career photos by Andrea Luca/Canada

   Lemon of the Year (worst 2006 gymnastics story):
    "GYMNASTY?" by Sunday Mirror

   
   Romanian gymnastics 2006 Best Friend Award:
   Dr. Huang Hongyun, head of famous Beijing Clinic for stem cells treatments

    "Always Close to Romanian gymnastics" Award:    
   Romtelecom (Ms.Cristina Popescu)

   "The Good Samaritan":
   Ms.Liliana GhervasucRomanian State Lottery      


[Dec 27] Elena Mukhina dead at 46; 1978 World Champion died Dec. 22nd
   “…for 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 nation…”- Elena Mukhina
[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
   Just received two greeting cards from the Romanian Gymnastics Team:

    "We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
    -The members of the Romanian Gymnastics Team



  
Romanian gymnastics Fans can send their greetings for the Team

   


[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 revolution.
   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 ago.

[Dec 20] 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 58 points.

US 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 the show.

[Dec 19] Octavian Belu, new head of Romanian Sport
Nine O’Clock
    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.
   Octavian 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. [name one?..]
 [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 - USANastia 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 - USANastia 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 World 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 either.
Related:
[Dec 16] Brazilian wins and Tunisian finishes 6th in Gymnastics World Cup

[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, or ANS.
   
 Sports questionnaire: Marian Dragulescu, girls and gymnast's favourite
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.
   "She 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
   Sandra 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."

    
                Romanian Gymnasts of the Year (RGF)
             WAG           MAG
 1. Sandra Izbasa
 2. Catalina Ponor
 3. Steliana Nistor
 4. Floarea Leonida
 5. Aluissa Lacusteanu
 6. Dana Druncea
 7. Loredana Sucar
 8. Elena Chiric
 9. Andreea Grigore
10. Cerasela Patrascu
 1. Marian Dragulescu
 2. Flavius Koczi
 3. Alin Jivan
 4. Razvan Selariu
 5. Daniel Popescu
 6. Dan Potra
 7. Robert Stanescu
 8. Adrian Bucur
 9. Cosmin Malita
10. Marius Berbecar

[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 gold.
   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 Olympic Team.
    
[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 in Brazil."

[Dec 6] Maria Olaru drama : who's next?
  Maria 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
   Sandra 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."
-Sandra Izbasa

[ Dec 6] Gifts from St. Nicholas
   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).     For 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 girls...

[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 paychecks Monday.
   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.

 Perfectionism And Writing: The Oil And Water Of Writing Success
By Kirin
   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 hot potato.
   [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 throughout.
   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!

  About Romania

  Travel Romania - official website

  Romania Live: Webcams

 Listen (for free) Romanian carols:
 Stefan Hrusca - Linu-i lin(colind)
  Stefan Hrusca - Deschide nana usile
  Buy album: Iarasi flori dalbe  




[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.
  Marian 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' sports.
   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.

  Romanian Gymnastics Fan Postcard from Aarhus   
In 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 anyway).



   More November News...

  Special World Gymnastics Championships section

  
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.

Interviews:
  Cristina Bontas Tantaru
  Oana Ban interview
  Oana Ban at sky
  Silvia Stroescu interview
  Daniela Sofronie interview
  Octavian Belu interview
TV Shows:
  Andreea Raducan at Farm
  Andreea Raducan at Antena1
  Belu-Bitang Deva
  Silvia Stroescu at PrimaTV
  Monica Zahiu selling her medals
  Andreea Raducan movie
  ARDAF commercial
  Athens team at Tuca Show

Contests:
 A Gymnastics Fan at World Gymnastics Championships
  Romanian Gymnastics Fan Postcard from Aarhus
  
Romanian Gymnastics at World Championships
  Glasgow International Grand Prix

 Romanian Gymnastics Fan Postcard from Aarhus   
In 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 anyway).

Romanian gymnastics Fans comments:
  
 Fans Greetings for Romanian gymnastics Team at Worlds
   Gymnastics fans comments over (stupid) Belgian/SID article
   Belu's (stupid) remark on girls, hard criticized by gym fans
   Romanian gymnastics fans opinions-Letter of the Week
   fans comments over (stupid) Sunday Mirror article
   
Nadia is having a baby boy: Romanian gymnastics fans comments

  Feature stories
  
Post card from Deva: Romanian Gymnastics Team

  
Maria Olaru about how to become and remain a winner

  Toyota cars for Belu and Bitang
  Gymnastics hall opened at Izvorani
  American gymnast training in Romania
  Lavinia Milosovici's Japan nude photos-an inside story
  Romanian gymnastics team, having fun on April 1st Fools Day
  IOC Consensus Statement on Training the Elite Child Athlete
  Dangers of Cheerleading

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  Perfect Ten Broadcast into Space
  Nadia on Greatest Romanians-TVR1
  World Gymnastics Day
  Lavinia Milosovici returns from treatment at Beijing Clinic
  Romanian Gymnastics Stars, having "their own" Stars

  
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December:
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 5: Cristina Bontas      Andreea Taclit
13: Gabriela Agachi
18: Marian Dragulescu
21: Camelia Renciu
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