named to U.S. Women’s Team for 2006 American Cup
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– 2005 world uneven bars and balance beam
champion Nastia Liukin of Plano, Texas, has accepted an invitation
to represent the United States in the 2006 American Cup, March
4, at Global Spectrum's Liacouras Center at Temple University
in Philadelphia. Nine other women are attending the selection
camp, Feb. 22-25, at the USA Gymnastics’ National Team Training
Center in Huntsville, Texas, from which three will be invited
to compete.In addition to the United States, the American
Cup field is expected to feature gymnasts from Brazil, Canada,
China, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Romania and Russia.
Participating athletes will be announced closer to the event.
[Jan 30] One
million euros from Romania to Europe's children
The charity event "Romania for Europe's Children" managed
to raise over one million euros from the dinner on Wednesday
evening and the teledon on Thursday. The charity event was
organized by the High Level Group led by Baroness Emma Nicholson
and had as its main guest author J.K. Rowling who visited
Romania over two days. Several important sports figures also
became involved, such as Nadia
Comaneci, Ilie Nastase, Laura Badea, Andreea
Raducan, Leonard Doroftei and Violeta Beclea. The dinner
raised 886.500 euros, 10000 from each of the 34 tables, 171,000
euros from an auction as well as other donations, according
to the organizers.
[Jan 28] "The
Secrets of a Gymnast" - the English edition- on Sale!
Secrets of a Gymnast" (the English edition) by Andrei
Nourescu, is on sale now at CafePress
(click to see). "The
secrets of a Gymnast" (the Romanian language edition)
was voted "The Book of The Year" by the Romanian
Sport Press Association (2003).
...The coaches hardly tolerated any mistake, they had become
irascible and agitated and they were punishing even the girls’
smallest mistakes. The only problem was that they couldn’t
behave as they did at home, because all the trainings in Atlanta
were open to the public and most of the time the gym was full.
Thus they found an alternative solution for the usual slapping
from Deva. “They would come close to us when we failed some
element and put their hand on our shoulder like a father.
Only that the hand would grab us by the muscle and tighten
us very hard, that we almost burst into tears...
By Arlina T. Onglao
Romania reminded me at first of the land of Dracula and the
land where gypsies all over Europe who pry on other people’s
belongings as a trade come from.Romania boasts not only of
its beautiful scenery, monasteries, and castles but its famous
people too, the likes of Johnny Weissmuler of the Tarzan fame,
world renowned gymnast Nadia
Comaneci, and film and theater actress Gina Patrichi.
[Jan 28] Integration
of refugees : Malta can do more – UNHCR
Although Malta has a large population density and is a small
country, it can still do a lot more to facilitate the integration
of refugees in society, United Nations High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Jurgen Humburg said on Wednesday.
UNHCR’s PR officer, Laura Boldrini, said that the organisation
had 6,500 staff employed worldwide to help asylum seekers.
She also gave details of a campaign being organised by the
UNHCR that will feature in newspapers and on TV entitled “Flowers”.
Personalities such as Nadia
Comaneci, Albert Einstein and Sir Georg Solti (who were
all refugees) are featured in the project.
[Jan 27] Gymnastics
coach pleads not guilty
The East Rochester gymnastics coach accused of having sex
with one of his 13-year-old students is going to stay in jail.
39-year-old Marian Penev pleaded not guilty in Federal Court
Friday. He is accused of rape and sexual abuse against the
girl. He is also facing a federal charge that says he used
the internet to entice her. The U.S. Attorney said the accusations
against Penev were quote "chilling" and a parent's worst nightmare.
[Jan 27] J
K Rowling promotes children's rights in Romania
BUCHAREST: Harry Potter creator J K Rowling has thrown her
weight behind efforts to help abandoned children in eastern
Europe during a two-day visit to Romania, where childcare
was crippled by communism."I have been inspired by everything
I have seen during this very brief visit," the multi-millionaire
author said today during a fundraising event in Bucharest.Romania's
two most famous sports stars, gymnast Nadia
Comaneci and tennis player Ilie Nastase, together bought
a Harry Potter book signed by Rowling during the fundraising
event for 2500 euros ($NZ4500).
[Jan 27] Comaneci
says Romanians taught American gymnastics
Former gymnast Nadia
Comaneci said yesterday that Romanians sold the Americans
the "magic pill" revealing the secret in Gymnastics; training
for several hours. "Everybody was wondering why Romania is
better than all the rest. We sold the magic pill when we told
the Americans that it's a lot of work, namely seven hours
of training a day. They were only training for three hours
a day and when they started to train for seven hours they
became very good," Comaneci
said, adding that when she was competing only three countries
were represented in competitions while now the number has
grown to 15. She also said that the idea of setting up a sports
academy in Romania is extraordinary as long as it does not
enter a conflict with the Gymnastics Federation or creates
something that could be damaging for sports.
[Jan 27] Harry
Potter author speaks about child welfare in Eastern Europe
was in Bucharest for two days this week, meeting some of the
country's institutionalized children. She was guest of honor
at a celebrity gala held at Ceausescu's former palace which
raised more than €170,000 (US$209,000) for the foundation.
Rowling, who shuns the trappings of celebrity and has three
children aged 1, 3 and 12, said fame has one great advantage:
"You can parlay that kind of interest in you personally into
awareness of issues you'd like to raise," she said.
Photo Gallery: J.K
Rowling meeting with Romanian President Basescu
Rowling attending a Romanian Governement meeting dedicated
to children (click)
Photo Gallery : J.K
Rowling attending a Romanian Gov. meeting
Photo Gallery(1): J.K
Rowling and Romanian Prime Minister (click here)
[Jan 25] Belu
and Bitang present first projects as presidential counselors
Former gymnastics coaches Octavian
Belu and Mariana
Bitang have presented on Monday their first projects as
President's counselors on sports issues. One of them is creating
a "council of the wise" formed of experienced sports figures
and also a project meant to involve institutionalized and
homeless children in sports activities. The council should
be formed of 10-12 members, in Belu's
visions; up to now, Alexandru Lazarescu, member of the Romanian
Olympic Committee and CS Dinamo member Alexandru Mogos have
accepted to get involved in the project. The former coaches
said that they will also talk to other sports legends like
athletes Iolanda Balaci and Gabi Szabo, gymnast Marius
Urzica, rower Ivan Patzaichin and sabre champion Mihai
Romanian media comments over Belu & Bitang
# "Mariana Bitang have admitted of not receiving any
concrete offer from the Chinese Federation" -"Cotidianul"
# "Nothing concrete for the sport, only public relations
services for the President"- Romania
# "Indirectly, the two coaches have admitted that
"The Chinese Offer" never really existed-in the
way that they would been offered the leading positions at
the Chinese team."- Atac
# "Belu and Bitang started to mime working; [...]once
more, the two coaches didn't come with any concrete for sustaining
the Romanian sport.They just thought about having on their
side as many public figures as possible, to avoid future critics
when people will see they have accepted a job where, more
often than not, much of the time is devoted to...slepping
in the offices, rather than doing something." -Gardianul
Related story: Belu
& Bitang doesn't have any job offer in China
minciuna la Cotroceni mai mare decit China
prezidentiali din gluma
gymnastics coach who molested students gets another 3 years
WHEATON, Ill. A former gymnastics coach who is serving a 20-year
prison term for molesting several young girls received an
additional three-year sentence today for harassing a witness
in the case. The DuPage County state's attorney's office says
Michael Cardamone was ordered to serve the three-year bid
after he completes the other sentence.Cardamone was convicted
earlier this month of witness harassment and disorderly conduct
for making a false police report in 2004 alleging traffic
violations by a witness in his molestation case.
[Jan 24] /AP/ J.K.
Rowling to visit Romania tomorrow
Best-selling author J.K. Rowling is to visit Romania this
week to take part in a fundraising gala to help children in
need in Romania and across Europe, organizers said Monday.
Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, recently became
a trustee of the newly established charitable foundation The
Children's High Level Group, which raises funds to support
children in need, focusing on child health and development
in Romania and across Europe. She will be in Romania Jan.
25-26, where she will be the guest of honor at a gala at the
former palace built by late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Romanian
star gymnast Nadia
Comaneci and former tennis star Ilie Nastase will be among
the guests, a press statement said.
[Jan 23] Positive
Coaching Alliance: National Youth Sports Awards Finalists
STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From a field of 4 million
youth sports coaches nationwide, just 20 are finalists for
honors at Positive Coaching Alliance's Fifth Annual National
Youth Sports Awards dinner at Stanford University on Friday,
March 24. Five of those 20 will receive expenses-paid trips
to the event, where they will receive PCA's coveted Double-Goal
Coach(TM) Award for their positive impact on youth athletes.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a Stanford University-based
non-profit dedicated to transforming youth sports so sports
can transform youth. Since 1998, PCA has conducted thousands
of workshops nationwide for youth sports leaders, parents,
coaches and athletes in an effort to ensure a youth sports
culture that delivers a positive, character-building experience.
Espousing Double-Goal Coach techniques -- where the first
goal is winning and the second, more important goal is teaching
life lessons through sports -- PCA has garnered support from
National Advisory Board members Phil Jackson, Larry Brown,
Doc Rivers, Dean Smith, Herm Edwards, Bill Walsh, Barry Zito,
Alexi Lalas, Joy Fawcett, Bart Conner, Nadia
Comaneci and other noted athletes, coaches, and academic
and business leaders.
[Jan 22] Romania:
Promoting Romania’s Image in the EU
...unionized Europeans don’t seem to know very much about
Romania. In fact, their entire perception of this large and
diverse nation seems to fall into very specific categories.
For most Europeans, Romania’s only claims to fame are Ceausescu,
Comaneci, illegal immigration, gypsy beggars and, of course,
Count Dracula. However, Romania of course has a lot more to
offer in terms of culture, history, economic products and
tourism destinations. And it has a very smart and well-educated
young workforce in areas like foreign languages and computer
[Jan 21] Romanian
gymnastics officials denies China *jobs* for B&B
During a interview for TVR1, former RGF President Nicolae
Vieru said that there was no job offer in China for former
Belu and Mariana
Vieru, which is also a FIG official, said that the Chinese
Gymnastics Federation would not offer a job to the famous
Romanian coaches without the knowledge of the Romanian Gymnastics
"The whole discussion was about lecturing in China, not
about any coaching position. During the World Championships
last year, I spoke with Chinese officials and they told me
they didn't make any job offer", said Nicolae
1 video with Nicolae Vieru interview , click here (and
go to 1h02min).
Bitang, named (along with Octavian
Belu) as Presidential counselors earlier this week, said
for same TVR1 that: "The discussions with Chinese
officials were over the phone and it was supposed to go there
after their New Year (Jan 29). It's a little bit strange how
others know the details."
Bitang already prove it's a...politician, because her
words doesn't fit well previous past weeks statements for
the Romanian press and TV:"We didn't have had any
direct contact with Chinese officials; all discussions about
the job offer were through a third person.".
It's a common mistake of many local politicians: to lie and
forget (or hoping people have forgot) their previous statements.
No, we didn't. To be a good politician these days, at least
lying convincingly it's a must. Try harder next time. At least
this you can do for $1000 a month (more than 50% of Romanians
have to live -or, better say, survive- with a $125 income,
according to statistics). TVR
1 video with Nicolae Vieru interview , click here (and
go to 1h02min); available one week only.
Related story: Belu
& Bitang doesn't have any job offer in China
minciuna la Cotroceni mai mare decit China
prezidentiali din gluma
Nadia Comaneci will attend Bucharest charity Gala
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, will take
part in a charity benefit in Bucharest next week to help “the
underprivileged children of Romania and Europe,” event organizers
said yesterday. Rowling will attend a fundraising dinner next
Wednesday with celebrities, including Romanian gymnastics
[Jan 21] Gymnastics
instructor faces more sex charges
ROCHESTER, N.Y. More sex charges are lodged against a Rochester
gymnastics coach who was accused last month of raping a 13-year-old
girl. Federal prosecutors say the charges against 39-year-old
Marian Asenov Penev accuse him of using his computer to entice
a 13-year-old girl into sexual acts. Assistant U-S Attorney
Richard Resnick said the charges against Penev are related
to pending charges of sexual abuse, but would not say if they
involved the same victim. Resnick said that in regards to
the computer sex charges, the girl's parents became suspicious
of her activities and installed spyware software on their
home computer. Some 20 instant messages, some described as
extremely sexual in nature, were received in December.
[Jan 20] Dominique
Moceanu Gymnastics Invitational
Where: Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, 6380 Mill
Road, Broadview Heights. Call: 440- 740-4770. When: Friday,
competition begins at 6 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults, $3
Competition among private club gymnasts in levels 4 through
10 will take place Saturday and Sunday. Moceanu
will perform an exhibition floor routine Saturday at 3 p.m.
and a vault Sunday at noon. Photo and autograph opportunities
will be available throughout the weekend.
Award presentation: Olympic gold medalist Dominique
Moceanu, 24, who at 14 was a member of the 1996 United
States Atlanta summer Olympic Games when the "Magnificent
7" became the first U.S. women's gymnastics team to win gold,
will present awards following the competition.
[Jan 20] Gymnastics
instructor facing federal charges
A local gymnastics coach is facing more criminal charges.
Marian Penev was arraigned in federal court on Thursday. The
39-year-old is charged with using the Internet to solicit
sex from a 13-year-old girl. The alleged victim was a student
at Penev’s gymnastics studio, “Penev’s Gymnastics”, for seven
years. Penev also faces charges of second-degree rape, sexual
abuse and a criminal sexual act. If convicted, Penev faces
up to 20 years in prison.
see the video Report of News 10 NBC, click
gymnastics fans comments over the new B&B jobs
It's funny how all their "offers"
from China have suddenly dried up. (Aevera)
COOL!!!! Now they can advise how to starve the athletes,
beat them, substitute one qualifier from another, call the
athletes names, and have affairs among the coaches!! Now ALL
Romanian sports can do what gymnastics did! YAY!!!! (chocdave)
Damn, the Romanian government must be really scraping the
bottom of the barrell if they need to bring in the TerrorTwatsies
to advise them on sports. The only thing I would let them
advise me on is on how to throw up the TEARS I ate for dinner.
I'd definatly agree this is insane, but I personally think
they are being put in that position to keep them away from
the Romanian team.... (DocMarten) Yes
Um, are they trying to recreate the Ceausescu days in Romania
or something? (CRAZY).
[Jan 19] Reuters: New
Romania coach hopes to revive old glories
Forminte has set his sights on reviving the former glories
of Romanian gymnastics after a torrid year in which the national
women's team disbanded and its long-time coaches resigned.
was appointed last month to lead a team which is now a shadow
of the side that brought home four gold medals from the 2004
Olympics in Athens, including the women's team title. He has
none of the former leading lights and many of his charges
are battling weight and health problems.
''I have 22 young girls in a new Romanian Olympic team,
aiming at the Beijing Olympic Games,'' he told reporters.
Only three of them, Sandra
Nistor and Andreea
Muntean, would be ready to compete at the European team
championships in Volos, Greece, in April, he added.
[Thursday, January 19, 2006] Belu
and Bitang to be presidential advisors
Gymnastics coaches Octavian
Belu and Mariana
Bitang yesterday accepted the offer made by president
Traian Basescu to become presidential advisors on sports related
issues. "We have no clear information about what we are supposed
to do but as far as I am concerned, it will be only issues
related to sports, general problems that sports are facing
and monitoring sports events that have great importance for
Romania," Belu said adding he hopes their work will be important
for the president. Belu also said that he does not consider
his activity as a presidential advisor as a sort of good-bye
Related story: Belu
& Bitang doesn't have any job offer in China
minciuna la Cotroceni mai mare decit China
prezidentiali din gluma
The fierce competitive edge, the heart of a champion, and
the blinding determination to win is what encapsulates the
newest original documentary series, “Anything To Win”. The
series not only includes athletes in all genres of sports
and competitions, but also the drive of non-sports individuals,
such as the late and famed Johnnie Cochran and John DeLorean.
Upcoming episodes include the bizarre, ice-skating turmoil
that plagued the 1994 Olympics. Tonya Harding and her unfortunate
fall from grace, gets more undeserved publicity as her “alleged”
role in the plot to destroy the competition, namely Nancy
Kerrigan, to increase her chances of winning is told in this
stranger than fiction tale. Interviewing team members Amanda
Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique
Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug, as well as legend
Comaneci and Bart Conner, this episode spotlights the
triumph and sacrifice of winners.
To Win” airs Tuesdays at 9 pm (et) on the GSN.
2005 top athletes awarded at Sports Gala
Dragulescu and sabre fencing world champion Mihai Covaliu
were declared Romania's top male athletes in 2005, at the
Sports Gala organized by the National Sports Agency and the
Romanian Olympic Sports Committee on Sunday. Member of the
C.S. Dinamo Bucharest gymnastics team, Dragulescu
obtained two gold medals last year; one in vault at the Melbourne
World Championship and another in floor at the Europeans in
Debrezen. Gymnasts Catalina
Ponor, Alin Jivan and Ioan
Suciu were among the 12 athletes awarded for their individual
J.K. Rowling confirms trip to Romania
Baroness Emma Nicholson confirmed on Friday that British writer
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, will visit
Romania for a charity dinner and a teledon to help European
orphans. The charity action "Romania for Europe's Children"
will include a dinner organized on January 25 with the participation
of important personalities in various fields and a fundraising
teledon which will be broadcast the next day by Romanian public
Among others who will be present at the dinner are former
Comaneci, Ilie Nastase and Gheorghe Hagi.
Gymnastics Coach Convicted Of Harassing Witness
Sex Offender Found Guilty Of More Charges
(AP) WHEATON, Ill. A 28-year-old gymnastics coach has been
found guilty of harassing a witness before he was sentenced
to 20 years in prison for molesting several girls at his family's
gym. Authorities say Michael Cardamone was convicted of witness
harassment and disorderly conduct for making a false police
report of traffic violations by a witness involved in Cardamone's
It"-trailers and photos to see
It", the gymnastics inspired movie to be released
this Spring (in USA) has now some trailers, videos and photos
Release: 2006 ( USA ) Director: Jessica Bendinger Starring:
Jeff Bridges, Vanessa Lengies, Missy Peregrym, Jon Gries.
here to see it.
keeps children hopping
Tumblebus, a mobile gymnastics center, is a fun way for
kids to learn fitness
Ringlespaugh owns and operates Indy Tumblebus, a traveling
gymnastics facility housed in a former school bus. Mostly,
she stops at day-care facilities, and she also has been known
to show up at birthday parties.
"It seems like every generation has some sort of gymnastics
role model kids want to be like. I had Nadia
Comaneci, and then kids had Mary
Lou Retton. Everyone has someone, so I figured there was
[Jan 13] Monica Rosu
has retired, missing Worlds; exclusive interview
Rosu has retired and announced herself this sad moment,
during an interview for Antena 1 TV aired this afternoon.
Rosu (blonde, long hair) said that she was disappointed
for not having a chance to compete at Worlds. Her plans are
to focus on school and will go to University; she still want
to be around the gymnastics world.
cleans rust off his skates to challenge for Olympic berth
Forty-nine-year-old Kildeer resident Bruce Conner tried out
for the U.S. speedskating team last month, 30 years after
just missing a trip to the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck,
Austria. United Airlines captain Bruce Conner has viewed plenty
of mountain tops. Last month, the 49-year-old Kildeer resident
reached out and grabbed one. Conner, competing against world-class
athletes half his age, fulfilled the loftiest of personal
goals last month by qualifying for the U.S. Speedskating Championships,
culminating a nearly masochistic nine-month training regimen
to become one of the nation's 25 fastest long-track skaters.
"It's just an unbelievable, amazing accomplishment," said
close friend Carl Alguire of Barrington. "All of a sudden,
he's done all this, including being the fastest skater in
his (45-49) age group. And you'd never know it. Bruce is just
a regular guy, an incredibly humble person." The older brother
of former Olympic gymnast Bart, Conner finished 25th of 29
in the 1000-meter race with a personal-best 1:15.78 at the
national finals Dec. 28 in Salt Lake City.
HILTON SKATING AND GYMNASTICS SPECTACULAR
SUNDAY, 4 P.M., ET: NBC Sports presents the Hilton Skating
and Gymnastics Spectacular, this Sunday at 4 p.m., ET from
the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The show features both
the world's top gymnastics and figure skating stars.
Gymnasts include Athens gold medalists Carly Patterson and
Paul Hamm, two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller,
Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu and U.S. Olympic team
members Mohini Bhardwaj, Morgan Hamm and Jason Gatson. International
gymnasts performing include two-time World All-Around Champion
Ivan Ivankov and Olympic silver medalist Jordan Jovtchev.
NBC's Rosalynn Sumners, Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci will
[Jan 13] Romanian
Olympic gymnastics teams objectives in 2006
The President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (FRG),
Adrian Stoica, presented in a meeting of the board's Executive
Committee yesterday the objectives for the men's and women's
Olympic teams in 2006. "In past years our objectives were
similar," said Stoica, explaining he doesn't consider these
expectations to be modest. "The more medals the team won,
the better it was. Things are the same this year too," the
FRG President said. The European Gymnastics Championship will
take place in Volos, Greece in April for women, and the men's
team will wait until May to compete. The Worlds will take
place in Aarhus, Denmark.
Family Flips for Skating & Gymnastics
Hilton Family Announces Title Sponsorship of Exhibition
and First-Ever High-Definition Broadcast of Skating and Gymnastics
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hilton Family of Hotels
proudly presented a night of excellence as the title sponsor
of the Hilton Family Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular which
is scheduled to air on NBC on Jan. 22, 2006. In collaboration
with NBC Universal, this milestone presentation of some of
the world's top athletes in skating and gymnastics will mark
the first-ever high-definition broadcast of a skating or gymnastics
event. Taped at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., the event
was awe inspiring as some of the world's most renowned athletes
in gymnastics and skating, including Carly Patterson (gymnastics),
Paul Hamm (gymnastics), Brian Boitano (figure skating) and
Elvis Stojko (figure skating), wowed audiences with triple
jumps and back handsprings.
as the flame
Yana Guberman struggles with the laws of physics to balance
50 candles on her body and leaves ANAND SANKAR stunned and
wondering if the Ukranian circus artiste has any bones in
"She is the woman with no bones!" the voice on the microphone
booms as Yana Guberman steps in to perform her act at the
Gemini Circus, which has pitched tent at Palace Grounds. In
addition to the usual flying trapeze and the cycle-riding
poodles, this time around, the circus is offering something
quite exotic — circus acts from Russia and Eastern Europe.
Yana is part of a contingent from that distant world.
[Jan 12] Belu
considers multi-national job offers
Gymnastics coach Octavian
Belu declared yesterday that the Romanian Olympic Sports
Committee (COSR) might propose a project coordinating the
activities of a gymnastics academy similar to the one run
by Nadia Comaneci and her husband Bart Conner in the USA,
in order to keep him from leaving Romania.
[Jan 12] Ponor
taken into consideration for 2006 competition
The president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Adrian
Stoica, said yesterday that the competition strategy for 2006
includes triple Olympic medalist Catalina
Ponor and that the federation and the gymnast will hold
talks to establish her training schedule. The gymnast had
said a few days ago that she intended to continue her competition
activity but that she wanted to train in Bucharest with her
current coach, Matei Stanei.
[Nov 26, 2005] Belu
& Bitang dosen't have any job offer in China
According to an article on sina.com,
Gao Jian, head of the Chinese gym federation, has denied making
an offer to Belu
and Bitang. Apparently, B & B have been invited to Beijing
for a series of lectures in early 2006, but nothing beyond
that. Gao Jian doesn't know how the international media got
the idea that the Chinese Federation planned to hire B &
B as coaches or technical advisors.
Marinescu "The secrets of the gymnast" - on sale
I want to know where I can find the book "Alexandra Marinescu's
secrets" or something.
Also, if you read it, what is your opinion on it?
The book "The
secrets of the gymnast" by Andrei Nourescu, is (now)
available online to worldwide gymnastics fans, at Romania's
largest library, www.dol.ro
(the online shop for famous Romanian Diverta
library, which owns all the Romanian Malls libraries).
from the book "The secrets of the gymnast" were
click here to read.
The challenges and teaches of gymnastics
"(Gymnastics) It challenges you in every way, physically and
mentally," she said. "It teaches you to know what your limitations
are and try go up and beyond and see how far you can push
Pomerleau was asked what captivated her about a sport that
looks like an endeavor where you're constantly risking such
an injury. "It's the thrill of being out there in front of
everybody and showing hat you can do," she said. "I've loved
it for so many years ... The most fun things are, well, the
tsukahara (vault) if you can do it, and on floor just all
the jumping around, and on the balance beam my back flips,
I'll really miss those, and my giant swings on the parallel
Gymnastics Federation: New fair play rules boosts confidence
On Nov 26 in Melbourne, the FIG Executive Commission, comprising
president, Bruno Grandi, three vice-presidents, Dr Michel
Leglise, Koji Takizawa and Slava Corn and secretary-general,
Andre Gueisbuhler met during the 38th Artistic Gymnastics
World Championships to discuss the matter.
The commission approved the Code of Points for artistic gymnastics,
while emphasising that the criteria for global standards will
undergo fine-tuning in 2006. There will be two juries – jury
A and B – who will award values for each routine. A gymnast
starts with zero. He or she will perform successive elements
. The element’s score stands at A (0.1), B (0.2), C (0.3),
D (0.4), E (0.6), F (0.8) and G (1.0). Meanwhile, jury B,
made up of two or four judges, will evaluate the routine according
to its technical and artistic aspects, execution, composition
and aesthetics. The judges will start from a 10 point score,
from which they will deduct penalties. At the end, both scores
will be added for the total.
[Jan 09] City
finds few takers for gymnastics
Lucknow, January 8: NOT many in the city want to score a perfect
10 in gymnastics. In fact, not many want to get into the sport
at all, despite year-long training facilities being available
at the K D Singh ‘‘Babu’’ Stadium here. The training fee is
only Rs 50 per month, and yet coach Richa Singh cannot find
many takers. In fact, there are only 25 students enrolled
for the classes at present. A few months back, there were
should be reserved for the rising stars
"What makes the Olympics truly special are the stories
behind the young "amateur" athletes -- the ones who are practically
unknown to the general public before the Games and end up
becoming household names. Think of gymnast Nadia
Comaneci at the 1976 Montreal Games."
[Jan 09] Gymnast
Ponor considers circus career
Ponor said in an interview for Mediafax
news agency that she would be tempted to be part of the
du Soleil" circus group, as she received a proposal in
this respect while she was participating in last year's European
Gymnastics Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. "I do not
dislike the idea. On the contrary, I am quite tempted by the
idea and do not exclude this option. I also saw some tape
recordings of them and I think the whole thing is very beautiful.
And there is also a lot of money that can come out of this,"
[Jan 08] Oana Ban at sky, exclusive
interview and photos
Hello, Oana , how are you?
Very well, thanks. Just returned home from sky.
r-g.com: Did you went every day? How come you like going to
They teach us at University (sport University). I go almost
every day, when the weather is good.
r-g.com: Where do you go for sky?
At Baisoara, a small mountain resort 40 miles (60km) nearby
r-g.com: The weather and roads were pretty bad these days,
how you manage to drive?
: I already have a small experience on driving, made like
9,000 miles (11000km) and haven't any problem. Beside, when
the road is covered with ice, I don't go. (read more...
[Jan 04] Concerned
Parents Fill Gymnastics Center
East Rochester, NY)- Hundreds of parents whose children attend
Penev's Gymnastics Center in East Rochester are facing a difficult
decision: Whether or not to let their kids still practice
there. Police recently arrested two coaches who work there
for sexual abuse related charges involving young students
Last week, police charged Marian Penev, who owns the center,
with raping a 13-year-old student. In November, former coach
Todd Beaney was charged with sexually abusing another teenaged
Former gymnast looking for gym videos
I was just wondering if you can help me to find any video-tapes
with me from some competitions! Let me know! Thank you!
[If you have videos with this gymnast, you may use our
[Jan 03] Romanian
gymnastics new stars: Munteanu, Nistor, Izbasa
Romanian TVR1 aired the first interviews of the new (official)
Romanian gymnastics team and her "Stars": Steliana
Nistor , Sandra
Izbasa and Andreea
Munteanu . The
team went to Hunedoara city (15 miles/ 20km from Deva), to
have their first training session for 2006, at the local swimming
Munteanu : "Let's hope we catch the Euros
with the team and we win; same for next Worlds".
Izbasa : "I want to become an European Champion
at AA and FX; same for Worlds."
Nistor : "If we want to achieve something,
we have to work and push ourselves to the limits."
Forminte :"We have a new gymnastics
team and also a new staff, too. We have to face the situation
and get results.The team has priority; from the team members
the new specialists for AA and apparatus have to step behind
video (go to 1h 03min; available one week)
Ponor- thoughts for 2006
For one week only, you may see the recorded TVR1 broadcast
Ponor interview for TVR1 (it looks more like a diashow,
but still useful); here is the direct link: Catalina
Ponor interview and go to
minute 56; following Catalina's story, another report with
[Jan 02] Parents
meet about charged gymnastics instructor
The empty parking lot at Penev's Gymnastics School in East
Rochester filled up quickly Monday with spill-over traffic
lining the street. Concerned parents poured in to ask about
rape charges against the gym's onwer.
39-year-old Marian Penev is accused of abusing a 13-year-old
girl at the gym. "Shocked and surprised," were the words that
came to Bryn Nakamura. Her 6-year-old is one of more than
600 students at Penev's, but whether they remain enrolled
is up for debate.
healthy new you
IT'S Madonna's latest fitness fad and the biggest fitness
craze to hit America and Europe. And now it's arrived in East
Boldon. For people who are tired of the same old fitness regime
and not seeing results, this could be just the thing to kickstart
your New Year. Gyrotonic is currently being hailed as yoga
for the 21st century. It's a mixture of yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics,
swimming and dance. Invented by Juliu Horvath, 63, a Romanian
ballet dancer, gymnast, swimmer and yogi, he developed his
own system of exercise which completely healed his body after
being injured as a dancer.
Before you even begin to exercise you literally "wake up"
your body, starting with sitting on a stool, as you work your
way from your head to your toes, pulling your eyelids, squashing
your ears, massaging your neck and stomach, beating your legs
and bottom and stretching your toes amongst other things.
Sounds crazy? You would be surprised. You feel energised and
rejuvenated afterwards and then the real work starts. There
are exercises to tone and stretch every part of the body to
try and bring the body into balance and correct alignment.
A typical beginners' class lasts for one hour. The workout
benefits a variety of people; especially sufferers of arthritis,
neck stiffness and overall joint problems. Just 20 minutes
a day can eliminate permanent stiffness and stress-induced
back problems we often experience in our daily lives. It is
fast gaining credibility in the UK, thanks to the likes of
Madonna, Teri Hatcher and a variety of A-list celebrities
practising the method.
[Jan 02] Catalina
Ponor (still) think about 2006 Worlds
In a TVR1 (State TV) interview aired tonight, Catalina
Ponor said she (still) want to go for 2006 Worlds (a revenge
for 2005?) and will try hard for this. The Euros are not a
goal for her, Catalina said. If you look on the recorded broadcast
-go to minute 56, this direct link is available for one week
only!), you may see Catalina presenting her little (black)
cat "Miti"and her (very colorful) parrot "Coco".
Somebody, please learn him to say "Go, Cata!"
[Jan 01] Meeting
For Parents At Penev's Gymnastics
(East Rochester, NY) 01/01/06 -- Parents with children enrolled
at Penev's Gymnastics will have a chance to learn more about
two investigations of staff at the center. The center will
hold an informational meeting for parents of students at the
center in East Rochester on Monday at noon. Penev's Gymnastics
is known for having some of the best young female gymnasts
in the country. Police said that, on Friday, gym owner Marian
Penev was charged with raping a 13-year-old student. In November,
a former coach at the center, Todd Beaney was charged with
sexually abusing another 13-year-old student.
6:Ioana Ojog, Raluca Vinatoru
How coaches should speak about the gymnasts?
“I have a lot of respect for those kids who walk through
those doors every day.” -coach Milan Malder ("Season
of change for Lakeville gymnastics")
compare with: Belu's
(stupid) remark on girls, hard criticized by gym fans
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.