[May 30] Cal
State Fullerton to end youth gymnastics program
FULLERTON – Cal State Fullerton's Titan Youth Gymnastics program,
which served Fullerton and surrounding cities for roughly
30 years, is being terminated in August. The program serves
about 275 families between its competitive girls' team and
recreational gymnastics classes. Cal State decided to terminate
the program so it could focus the resources on its primary
mission, serving university students, said Titan Student Union
Director Kurt Borsting, whose division runs the youth sports
Romanian children going to cheerleaders instead of gymnastics
11 teams of cheerleaders and 13 teams of modern dancing have
performed last week during a local sport Festival in Bacau,
says. Moldavia was, in the past, the "source" for
top Romanian gymnastics Champions (Andreea
Olaru). During past years, very few parents still
encourage their children to start gymnastics. One of the reasons
may be the fees imposed by clubs -like $50/monthly in Deva
or Onesti, same as a college student has to pay-for much better
living and food conditions-in the State campuses. Despite
huge budgets from the State, clubs still impose discouraging
fees for parents who barely make a living ($ 150 medium income...which
is a dream in most Moldavia small villages).
Limits International Open:
LOCAL gymnast Amy Kwan Dict Weng scored a high after coming
in sixth in the hoop (pre-junior) and overall category at
the No Limits International Open in Belgium last Saturday.
Valeria Pischelina of Belarus was the overall champion while
Romanian Irina Lalciu topped the juniors category.
[May 30] Cheerleaders
They provide gymnasts' skills, energy, support. Yet they are
not gymnasts. They are cheerleaders. Stunts required of today's
high school cheerleaders represent a radical departure from
the 1950s portrait of girls wearing pleated skirts and shaking
pompoms. To make a squad, cheerleaders need gymnastics skills
more than they need popularity. Families of cheerleaders can
pay $500 to $1,000 a year for camps, private tumbling lessons
and travel to attend their daughters' competitions. Since
cheerleading is not an Indiana High School Athletic Association
sport, there are no practice limitations.
[May 28] Romanian gymnastics team...on the beach
Romanian gymnastics team left Deva camp this morning and will
arrive by evening in Constanta, a beautiful city on the Black
Sea Coast, for a two weeks training and...tanning sessions.
Constanta city will host this week the Junior National Championships,
many girls from the national team will compete for their clubs.
Happy Birthday! to:
Camp Gives Opportunities To The Visually Impaired
A camp in Old Town uses sports to empower kids and teens who
are blind or visually impaired. This is the second year the
New England Blind Athletic Association sponsored the camp.
During the four days, kids try their hands at many sports
including gymnastics, swimming and even rock-climbing.
[May 28] TV Alert for Romania: "Campioana" at
18,00- 20,00 : "Campioana" ("The Champion")
You may see Nadia Comaneci during late 80's (as referee),
coach Tatiana Popa, Sergiu Popa, and some "real"
gymnasts of the late80's-early 90's (Daniela Silivas, Eugenia
Popa), filmed at Ploiesti (during Int.Champ.) and Deva. The
movie is aired again after midnight, from 1,00 .
[May 27] Gymnastics
face sanctioning difficulties
Wyoming / CST: Why is gymnastics so close to losing its
RL: The problem we have with gymnastics is that we really
struggle with the infrastructure of gymnastics, from
the standpoint that we don't have enough officials. This year,
we tried to get South Dakota officials to come to our state
gymnastics meet, but they were busy, so we had not near the
number of officials that we would like to have at a state
meet. ... We're the same way with coaches. Casper was a perfect
example. They lose both coaches, and they can't find a coach
(until midway through the season). It's hanging by a thumbnail.
We're trying to do everything we can. ... But, at the same
time, we also have to weigh the expense issue for the schools
and for us, and those types of things.
Facility On Wheels Rolls Into Tyler Recycling Center
The Tyler Recycling Collection Center added something new
today. A school bus, called the Tumblebus has been turned
into a gymnastics facility on wheels. The Tumblebus
is at the recycling center for its Color It Beautiful event,
which teaches children about recycling. To get on the bus,
all children have to do is draw a picture on something that
will be recycled.
[May 27] Porn
suspect caught in Spain
A 63-year-old Sarasota man was arrested in Spain for fleeing
to evade trial on 126 child pornography charges against him
in Sarasota, federal authorities announced Friday. Investigators
Lee Copp, an internationally renowned videographer
and gymnastics coach, downloaded child pornography onto
his computer between the late 1990s and 2004, according to
the FBI. He subscribed to a child pornography Web site with
his credit card to obtain sexual images involving children.
Copp, president of the Copp Academy of Trampoline and
Tumbling, was added to the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of
Fame in 2002, according to the organization's Web site.
The former school teacher, who lived in Cleveland, Sarasota
and Venice, was known for his videos of trampoline and tumbling
competitions in the 1970s, the Web site stated.
[May 27] Sarasota
man arrested in Spain for child porn
Nerja, Spain - A Sarasota man and Gymnastics Hall of Fame
inductee was arrested in Spain. He was wanted by the FBI
on child pornography charges. Agents announced that 63-year-old
William Lee Copp was arrested on Thursday by Spanish
authorities, with the assistance from the FBI.
is a former school teacher and President of the Copp Academy
of Trampoline & Tumbling.
[May 26] Blunder
causes problems at Gym Champs
Radio New Zealand/ A major blunder by officials has seen a
New Zealand gymnast giving back her bronze medal at the Australian
National Gymnastics Championships in Sydney and other gymnasts
be shifted up and down the finals placings. The error came
after local officials calculated results incorrectly and then
awarded medals without re-checking the results meaning Kate
Ronaldson, of North Harbour drops from third to 13th in the
all around competition and missed out on any individual apparatus
[May 25] Sherman
Sisters Remembered Mourning
We're learning more about the lives of the two sisters from
Holt who died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Livingston
County Sunday. Emily Sherman, 16, died Sunday while her sister
Chelsea, 14, passed away Tuesday. Both teens were involved
in programs at Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Dimondale.
Emily was a cheerleader and Head Coach John Geddert says Chelsea
was well on her way to becoming a college gymnast.
[May 23] Andrey
Kostin Elected President of Russian Competitive Gymnastics
Federation MOSCOW (RNWire) – Vneshtorgbank`s Chairman and
CEO, Andrey Kostin was elected President of the Russian Competitive
Gymnastics Federation on 19 May at an election meeting held
by this national public organisation.
The programme presented by Andrey Kostin sets out key priorities
aimed at developing the Russian Competitive Gymnastics Federation,
including enhanced logistics for sports schools, improved
labour conditions for coaches and technicians, and also support
for Olympic veterans. In addition, considerably advanced
selection activities and increased number of sport competitions
of a variety of levels are envisaged by the programme to make
the competitive gymnastics more popular as a sport modality.
[May 22] Gina
Gogean, getting married on July 1st!
Check close yours mail these days, you may get lucky: Gina
Gogean have send the (official) wedding* invitations!...
*official invitations being send: exclusive,
last minute info, obtained & announced by romanian-gymnastics.com
[May 21] Baby Boy "Zece" (Ten) is OK; 4 1/2 weeks
a live phone interview aired by Antena 1 TV minutes ago, Nadia
Comaneci have confirmed that everything is OK with
her pregnancy and she expect the coming of her Baby Boy "Zece"
in 4 and a half weeks.
Romanian gymnastics fans have named the coming Boy "Zece",
joking, of course, but...being more inspired than the father
itself who came up with "Dylan". Come on, Bart!...A
good, positive-energy, winner-to-be name is the least you
can do, be a nice guy and change it...this would be your (some
says first) Big contribution to the whole Project!
[Feb 8] Nadia
having a baby boy: Romanian gymnastics fans comments
[May 21] Happy Anniversary to Nadia
Elena Comaneci !
Today is the name anniversary for Nadia
ELENA Comaneci (both Catholic and Orthodox religions
have the Helen-Elena saint being celebrated today; people
who carry the name of this saint are celebrated, too).
TV Alert : Nadia
Comaneci and her "perfect 10" , celebrated at
Comaneci and her "Perfect 10" Montreal
Games performance will be celebrated during "Duminica
in familie" program of Antena
1 channel (14,00).
Parts of the original Romanian TVR1 broadcast from the 1976
live transmission will be aired and some guests will share
their thoughts. The
recorded program will be available on web later
today (17,00 GMT; 10,00 East Coast). For now, the previous
edition is posted.
[May 20] $30,000 for Lavinia Milosovici's child treatment
Milosovici just received 25,000 Euros (like $30,000)
to try a treatment of her sick child at the famous Beijing
Xishan Hospital of Dr.Huang.
Money were a donation by a silent fan of Romanian gymnastics.
During a live -soap opera alike- TVR1 program called "Surprize,
surprize" , Romania's most popular program), Lavinia
Milosovici busted out in tears, speaking (1st time
on TV) about her little girl health problems -brain underdevelopment
due to a premature born and wrong treated infection of embryon,
during fist months of pregnancy.
Lavinia Milosovici was brought to the TV show by former
Mariana Bitang and Andreea
Raducan. They were joined later by Gina
Amanar , Maria
Olaru and Corina
Ungureanu who came to encourage her. Program will
be aired again Monday 21 on TVR1 (10,10-11,55).
Bontas Tantaru- EXCLUSIVE interview
photos by Andreea Luca / Canada
Is it harder to work as coach than it was to be a gymnast?
Bontas-Tantaru: I have to admit that it is harder
to be coach than a gymnast, but you have a greater satisfaction
when you go to a competition and you know the gymnasts represent
the Club and your work.
Do you have plans for your club gymnasts to reach the Olympics?
Bontas : We have some 8 and 9 years old children which
are very talented and which are on the right way to the top
performance.But the way is soo long that we have to enjoy
our present work and their results...
[May 20] Nunno
resigns as Oklahoma gymnastics coach
Associated Press/ OKLAHOMA CITY -- Steve Nunno, who coached
Miller in the Olympics before becoming the women's
gymnastics coach at Oklahoma, has resigned after six seasons
leading the Sooners. Nunno, 48, said Friday that he's leaving
the program in good hands and that he's stepping down to spend
more time with his family -- his wife and three children,
ages 7, 8 and 9.
His resignation -- announced in a news release -- comes a
little more than four months after Oklahoma acknowledged that
its men's basketball and men's and women's gymnastics programs
had violated NCAA rules. Oklahoma reported to the NCAA
that the women's gymnastics program held too many mandatory
practices. In its report, the university said it would
self-impose a one-week suspension from team activities for
its women's gymnastics coaches and freeze Nunno's salary for
[May 19] Coach
hopeful of gymnast's recovery
Yoichi Tomita describes Andrew Donnellan as one of the most
"powerful" gymnasts he has ever coached. And that muscular
build, Tomita said, might help the Salpointe Catholic High
School junior recover from a spinal cord injury suffered during
a routine flip Friday that left him paralyzed from the neck
[May 18] Accident
paralyzes Salpointe gymnast
Tucson, Arizona | One of Tucson's top male gymnasts is paralyzed
from the neck down after suffering spinal cord damage in a
tumbling accident his coach says happens "one in a million
Andrew Donnellan, a sophomore at Salpointe Catholic High School,
fractured two vertebrae when he landed on his head during
a workout at Gymnastics World in Midtown on Friday. He underwent
a five-hour surgery at University Medical Center on Wednesday
afternoon to fuse four vertebrae. He was listed in serious
condition late Wednesday. His next stop likely will be the
renowned Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., a spinal-cord-injury
rehabilitation facility. He is expected to begin rehabilitation
next week. Donnellan was performing a basic forward tumble,
coach Yoichi Tomita said, when he over-rotated and landed
on his head.
[May 18] Paralyzed
Gymnast Moves To Rehabilitation Hospital (KDKA)
The 14-year-old girl recently injured in a gymnastics accident
is now recovering in a rehabilitation hospital. Claire Senita
went to Children’s Hospital in critical condition after she
injured her spinal cord last week. Tuesday she was upgraded
to fair condition. Senita’s mother says there are now guarantees
she will fully recover, but there is still hope she will walk
[May 18] Fargo
to get new gymnastics academy
A group of parents associated with American Gold Gymnastics
wants to raise nearly $1 million to open a new gymnastics
academy in Fargo. TNT Kid’s Fitness and Gymnastics Academy
will likely start in mid-July at 2800 Main Ave., occupying
half of the former Kiefer’s warehouse, about 20,000 square
feet. The remodeling project will cost nearly $500,000, according
to plans filed with the Fargo city inspections office.
[May 18] Injured
novice gymnast released from hospital
Claire Senita, a Richland teenager who suffered a spinal cord
injury in a gymnastics accident, was released from Children's
Hospital yesterday. Dr. P. David Adelson, director of pediatric
neurotrauma at the hospital, said she would be admitted to
a rehabilitation facility. Claire, 14, an eighth-grade student
at Pine-Richland Middle School, suffered fracture and dislocation
injuries that bruised her spinal cord and required surgery
to fuse her fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae, Dr. Adelson
said. She has weakness in her arms and is unable to walk,
he said, though she appears to have some sensation in her
legs and could recover more function in the coming weeks.
[May 17] Parents
of injured 14-year-old gymnast stay hopeful
The parents of a Richland teenager hurt in a gymnastics accident
spoke yesterday of their hopes for her recovery from a spinal
cord injury. "We're praying and we're optimistic that she
will walk again," said Claire Senita's mother, Emily. She
spoke during a news briefing at Children's Hospital, the family's
first since Claire, 14, was hurt a week earlier.
[May 14] Marian
Dragulescu marriage- videos
[May 14] Marian
Dragulescu marriage - the Orthodox Curch ceremony
[May 13] Marian
Dragulescu -change his status: from playboy to
sure 13 a Bad Day for many girls...Today, Marian
Dragulescu will change his status from a World Recognized
Playboy to a (more serious one)- loving husband. Casa de Piatra*!
*Romanian traditional wish: "stone house" -to
have a marriage rock solid
(more photos next hours)
TV Alert : Andreea
Raducan in a TV show at National
Raducan is the Special Guest Star in a talk show ("
Proud to be Romanian") aired by National
TV in Romania, on Sunday 14 , starting at 17,00.
[May 12] U.S.
gym future excites Karolyi
Karolyi and his wife, Martha, have created an American gymnastics
empire since defecting from Romania in 1981. Both gained
fame working with Nadia
Comaneci before and during her historic performance
at the 1976 Montreal Games, but they have flourished in the
In addition to Comaneci,
Durham and Retton, Karolyi has coached international medal
winners Kerri Strug, Dominique Moceanu and Kim Zmeskal, the
first American to win a Worlds all-around gold medal. Memmel
and Liukin don't fall directly into that elite coterie; each
is coached by her father. But the stamp of Karolyi is all
over U.S. gymnastics; not only does the team train on his
2,000-acre ranch, he created the current training program,
which he calls "semi-centralized." The goal, he said,
was to get the nation's elite athletes and coaches working
for a common goal — U.S. supremacy. The success of Memmel
and Liukin indicates it's working. "I really do think that
program has helped tremendously," Liukin, 16, said. "The coaches
really are all together and trying to help one another. We
are competitive, but not so competitive that we won't talk
to each other. I really do think it's helping a lot, not just
the athletes but the team."
USA / Parents
protests for a new gymnastics hall and equipment
A group of Lehi parents say they're going to have to pull
their children out of the city-run gymnastics program unless
the city provides more gym space and equipment for the competitive
[May 12] Bela
Karoly, gymnastics ambassador
USA Gymnastics couldn't have a more dynamic ambassador than
Bela Karolyi, 63, the famed former Romanian coach
who was a big hit Thursday while speaking at a breakfast at
Xcel Energy Center to promote the Visa national championships
that will be held at the St. Paul arena Aug. 16-19. "Just
hearing him speak motivates you," USA star Chellsie Memmel
[May 11] USA:
Teen Injured At Gymnastics Remains Hospitalized
(KDKA) A Richland teenager injured during a gymnastics maneuver
remains in critical condition today at Children’s Hospital.
Claire Senita, 14, was doing a front handspring Tuesday when
she came down on her head. She was flown to the hospital,
paralyzed from the chest down. However, there is hope that
her paralysis is temporary.
[May 11] USA / Girl
injured in gymnastics class
A 14-year-old girl was in critical but stable condition after
undergoing surgery Wednesday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
for an injury suffered during her beginner's gymnastics class.
Claire Senita, of Richland, had completed a basic move called
the forward roll during a warm-up Tuesday evening, said Brian
McGrath, the owner of Trinity Gymnastics in West Deer. She
had made two passes across the gym mat.
"Before any kids do cheerleading or gymnastics, they need
a standard lesson of 45 minutes to an hour to let them know
about the consequences of spinal cord injuries," Ted Senita
said. "Once that spinal cord is cut, it's done."
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates hospitals,
doctors and clinics treat more than 86,000 gymnastics-related
injuries each year. The number is hard to nail down, said
Dr. Paula Turocy, chair of the athletic training department
at Duquesne University. Many injuries go unreported, and most
emergency rooms only track sports injuries that are brought
in for immediate treatment.
[May 10] Stick
It - on the top of the US Box office
...Gymnastics comedy drama Stick It made fourth place
(with a 4.5 from the Romanian judge), taking $5.5 million,
just edging out United 93, which slipped to fifth place with
$5.2 million. The juggernaut that is Ice Age: The Meltdown
just won't give up, actually rising a place to sixth and a
weekly total of $4 million.
champion shares insight
As a former athlete, coach and parent of an Olympian, Jack
Phelps saw certain things from different angles, some of which
didn’t make much sense to him.
Out of the discussions came PandA (Parents and Athletes),
the name of their program in which the father and daughter
speak at gymnastics clubs about parental involvement, communication
and other issues related to today’s gymnasts.
“He talks about his experience as a parent of an athlete at
a higher level and helps answer the parents’ questions and
concerns about that,’’ said McClure, who spoke Sunday with
her father at the Tradewinds Sports Center in Kahului. “I
do the gymnastics part of it where I come in and help programs
with different drills and techniques that maybe they haven’t
heard of before and come in and hang out with the kids since
they don’t all experience that.
“A lot of these things are just an education process,’’ Phelps
“Parents really don’t know how to deal with coaches. They
think if they approach a coach with a problem, it will affect
their kid’s playing time. Unfortunately, that does happen
“If everybody sits down and talk, parents, athlete and coach,
you get that triad, and everybody is on the same page and
everybody knows what they want and you can work through this.’’
Gymnastics (from the Greek word 'gymnos' meaning 'the naked
art') is a sport involving the performance of sequences of
movements, incorporating six distinct disciplines: artistic
gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics, acrobatic
gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and general gymnastics.
Ancient stone cuttings show people building human pyramids
and practicing balancing acts. As early as 4,100 years ago,
circus-like acrobatics were performed in ancient Egypt. 2,000
years ago, men and women of ancient Greece developed the art
of bull leaping and gymnastics were part of the ancient Olympic
Modern gymnastics as a sport developed in the mid-19th century
in Europe. The International Federation of Gymnastics (Fédération
Internationale de Gymnastique - FIG) was founded in 1881.
Men's artistic gymnastics was introduced into the first Olympic
Games in1896; women's gymnastics was later included in 1928.
Comaneci -more important than 1st Romanian on Space!
“I kept thinking what made the difference for the communist
regime to use for propaganda Nadia
Comaneci’s name -the gymnast to score a first ever
10 in the Olympicst and not my name too. I understood later
that Nadia’s accomplishment valued more as she made it in
the West, supported by Romanians only, while I made it as
part of an international cooperation team, with support from
a country which Romania did not share the best relations with,
in spite of our similar political systems,” says Prunariu,
the first Romanian – and so far stays the only one – to have
ever flown beyond the earth atmosphere 25 years ago...
Romanian gymnastics...gossip over Internet
Latest Romanian gymnastics gossip over Net:
Munteanu being retired- not true, at least not yet;
for an update go to: Romanian
gymnastics team status ;
Amanar comeback rumors: soo funny! Glad to hear she
still have many fans who would love to see her coming back;
not gonna happen. Romanian gymnastics team head coach
Nicolae Forminte have told us:
"World got crazy badly. Certainly we shall fight to win
Vault starting next year, with one of the gymnasts form the
Happy Birthday! to:
8: Rodica Marinescu,
Adriana TAMARJAN ,
Ana Maria TAMARJAN
9: Daniela Silivas; 11:Monica
Rosu ; 12:Loredana Boboc; 15:Andreea Ulmeanu 16:Rodica
Dunca; 24:Melina Druta; 26:Ramona Socarici; 28: Cosmin
[May 8]Sorry, girls! Marian
Dragulescu become husband!
According to the Romanian newspaper Averea,
Dragulescu will have Sunday the marriage ceremony;
after that, the private party will take place in one of the
top VIP places, Bucharest Diplomat's Club.
According to same newspaper Averea,
Comaneci and her husband Bart Conner have agreed to
be the Godparents for Dominique
Moceanu -who will get married later this year. Congratulations!
Sport : Romania
had a good day
Romania also had a good day with Marian
Dragulescu winning gold in the vault with a score
of 16.587 and Flavius
Koczi producing the only score over 16 on the pommel
also collected a silver in the floor exercise while team mate
Jivan made it a Romanian one-two in the vault.
[May 7] Men's
Apparatus Finals: Romania and Russia take two golds each
Romania, which won two gold and two silver medals, and Russia,
which also won two European titles plus a silver medal, made
a powerful performance in the Apparatus Finals of the Men’s
exercises: The Russian Anton Golotsutskov managed to “dethrone”
the winner of the previous two editions, the Romanian
Dragulescu. Golotsutskov had a very clean routine
(15.600) and outscored Dragulescu
(15.525), who was not on his best day and seemed way less
sparkling than his previous ones, in the Competition I and
in the Team Final. A disappointing result also came for the
other Romanian finalist, Dorin
Razvan Selariu, who finished fourth (15.375) and lost
the bronze to the Czech surprise medalist Martin Konecny (15.475).
Pommel horse: The Romanian first-timer Flavius
Koczi made the big surprise and won the gold medal
against all odds. Koczi, who was the 8th and last gymnast
to be qualified to the final, was the only one who made a
clean routine, in a disastrous day for most of the finalists.
Vault: The Romanian Marian
Dragulescu returned to the European peak and celebrated
his third title on the apparatus (2002, 2004, 2006) with a
splendid performance and an average of 16.575 points. Romania
had a double victory, as Alin Sandu Jivan clinched the second
spot with 16.387.
[May 7] Men's
Apparatus finals: Quotes of the winners
Dragulescu (ROM, silver on floor exercises):
‘I’m sorry that I lost the
title but the second place is better than nothing. I do not
know what happened. I made some mistakes and I lost the first
place. Last night I did not feel so good. I think that I’m
still among the best and I have chances to win again in the
Koczi (ROM, gold on pommel horse): “I did not
really expect to win the gold. In fact I did not think I could
win any medal. I have to admit that today I was very lucky.
I do not know if I can become the successor of Marius
Urzica. It is hard to say the future will show. The
competition was excellent and from today Volos is my lucky
Dragulescu (ROM, gold on vault): “I’m thrilled to
win one more gold medal in a European Championships. Now I
have nine of them. Before leaving Romania I told my teammates
that three medals would be good, no less. I do not know if
I’m better on floor exercises or vault, but vault is the one
I enjoy the most. I’ ll keep practicing until 2008, so as
to take part to the Olympics of Bejing and win a gold medal.
To be an idol for other athletes such as Michalis Doulkeridis
from Greece, although surprises me at first, it makes me fell
Sandu Jivan (ROM, silver on vault): “I’m glad
to win a silver medal in a European Championships and my goal
from now on is to win a gold one. I’m also glad to share the
podium next to a gymnast such as Dragulescu.
I admire him so much and I try to learn from him. He is the
most powerful. I would like to dedicate this medal to my family
[May 7] EC
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics in Volos: superb Senior Finals
Volos/UEG/18 countries were represented in the senior finals;
Romania had 6 places, Germany, Italy and Russia 5.
These were superb finals, of a very high level.
beaten on floor but imperial on vault - surprise on pommel
horse - Kozci, the Romanian, last of the qualifications, wins
Floor: A Romanian festival on floor with Marian
Dragulescu and Dorin
Razvan Selariu, who were the best gymnasts in the
first acrobatic line was superb, not only technically speaking;
it was also a delight for the eyes as his movements are very
harmonious. The style of the Russian Anton Golotsukov is the
opposite, he impresses in particular by his jumps. This force
allowed him to take the lead; Dragulescu
1. Golotsutskov / RUS - 15.600 (A score 6.40) 2. Dragulescu
/ ROM - 15.525 3. Konecny / CZE - 15.475 4. Selariu
/ ROM - 15.375 5. Capelli / SUI - 15.050 6. Ude / CRO
- 14.900 7. Yanev / BUL - 14.875 8. Pozzo / ITA - 14.250.
Pommel horse: Among the first to compete, three fell
(Ude, Juckel, Popescu).
/ ROM - 15.250 2. Spiridonov / GER - 14.775 3. Suprun
/ UKR - 14.750 4. Berki / HUN - 14.600 5. Popescu
/ ROM - 14.425 6. Ude / CRO - 14.075 7. Busnari / ITA
- 13.775 8. Juckel / GER - 13.450 .
Rings: The Romanian Zozulia presents an element,
which he is the only one to show: a Azarian + swallow. His
routine has an A score of 6.70 and he gets a score of 15.600.
1. Safoshkin / RUS - 16.425 2. Jovtchev / BUL - 16.275 3.
Coppolino / ITA - 16.000 4. Zozulia / UKR - 15.600 5. Angioletti
/ ITA - 15.425 6. Kasparovich / BLR - 15.275 7. Vialtsev /
UKR - 15.050 8. Andergassen / GER - 14.950
Vault: ault: The competition starts with immediate
suspense: the two best gymnasts of the qualifications, Dragulescu
(ROM) and Golotsutskov (RUS), presented the very best:
the „Zimmerman” plus a ½ twist; the first one after the first
salto, the second after two saltos. A vault with an A score
of 7.00. The third gymnast having an A score of 7.00 is the
French Raphael Wignanitz. His first vault is a double Tsukahara
or « Yeo ». This is provisionally the second place, but the
Romanian Jivan is the last to compete. Thanks to his second
vault, the “Twiggs”, he wins silver and Wignanitz bronze;
Golotsutskov has to be satisfied with rank 4.
/ ROM - 16.587 2. Jivan
/ ROM - 16.387 3. Wignanitz / FRA - 16.337 4. Golotsutskov
/ RUS - 16.237 5. Hambüchen / GER - 16.187 6. Lyszczarz /
POL - 15.925 7. Botella Perez / ESP - 15.762 8. Yanev / BUL
[May 7] Flavius
Koczi won in the pommel horse
Anton Golotsutskov of Russia won the gold medal in the floor
exercise and Flavius
Koczi of Romania won in the pommel horse Sunday at
the European Men's Gymnastics Championships. In the floor
exercise, Golotsutskov scored 15.600 points,
Marian Dragulescu of Romania was second
and Martin Konecny of the Czech Republic took bronze. Koczi,
who came in last in pommel horse qualifying on Thursday, won
with 15.250 points. Eugen Spiridonov of Germany was second
followed by Olexander Suprun of Ukraine. Dragulescu
won gold in the vault, Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia won the
parallel bars and Alexander Safoshkin of Russia won the rings.
Vlasios Maras of Greece won on the horizontal bar.
[May 7] EC
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics in Volos: Junior Finals
Russia, Germany and Ukraine had each 9 qualifications, Greece
4, Great-Britain and Switzerland 3, Spain, Hungary and Romania
each 2. Belgium, Finland, France, Italy and Portugal had each
one finalist. The Ukrainian gymnast Kuksenkov (European Champion
juniors) and the Russian Olennikov competed in 4 finals, the
Greek Doulkeridis, the Russian Petrov and the German Woitalla
in 3 finals.
1. Smith / GBR - 14.950 2. Petrov / RUS - 14.675 3. Olennikov
/ RUS - 14.625 4. Panchenko / UKR - 14.600 5. Truyens / BEL
- 14.550 6. Malita / ROM - 14.200 7. Kuksenkov / UKR
- 13.525 8. Ursache / ROM - 13.000
[May 6] EC
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics in Volos: Russia is back !
Three countries of Eastern European on the podium, Ukraine
is 4th, and the four countries of Western Europe follow. This
is the result of the Team Final of the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Championships. Russia is back on the highest step of the podium
after its last victory in 2000. The competition was intense
and very hard for the athletes as the scores were very close.
six years of defeats, Russia has made an impressive return
to European gymnastics. The complete change of their structure
and of the staff taking care of the team was perhaps necessary
to achieve this return. In a competition without major faults,
the five Russians (Alexander Safoshkin, Anton Golotsutskov,
Sergei Khorokhordin, Maxim Deviatovski and Anatoli Vasiliev)
confirmed their good results at the qualifications. Russia
ends on the first step of the podium with a total of 272.225
points (1.325 less than their total in competition I). Only
Romania (winner of the editions 2002 and 2004) tried to keep
up. But the five Romanian gymnasts (Marian
Razvan Selariu, Ilie
Daniel Popescu, Alin
Sandu Jivan, Flavius
Koczi) had to fight hard for keeping the silver medal.
After a catastrophic qualifying competition (7th place) the
team fought hard and ended with a total of 270.325.
results: 1. Russia 272.225 2. Romania 270.325 3.
Belarus 268.975 4. Ukraine 267.775 5. Italy 267.600 6. France
266.575 7. Germany 265.825 8. Switzerland 264.200
Dragulescu has succeeded an exceptional vault routine:
A score 7.00, B score 16.725 – the highest score given since
the new Code of points is valid. (Thank you Swiss Timing for
this statistics!). A routine right out of the manual (or DVD).
The best total of the day for Romania on vault (49.300).
The best individuals per discipline: floor - Dragulescu
15.850; pommel horse - Busnari (ITA) 15.350; rings - Safoshkin
(RUS) 16.225; vault - Dragulescu
16.725; bars - Cucherat (FRA) 15.900; high bar - Cassina (ITA)
• The best teams per disciplines: floor – Romania 46.425;
pommel horse – Germany 43.750; rings – Italy 45.850; vault
– Romania 49.300; bars – Russia 45.200; high bar –
[May 6] Press
Conference: Men's Team Final
Dragulescu (ROM): “We tried to defend our title, but
unfortunately we won the second place. We
need to train even more for the next European Championships.
We also need to assimilate ourselves with the new Code of
Points. Even though, today I succeeded the highest score on
vault, today what matter most was the team’s performance,
however I will be more than happy if I do it again tomorrow”.
Aurelian Georgescu (ROM, coach): “All the teams had good routines.
The organization was successful. We lost the first place.
From now on we need to work harder, if we want to win the
[May 6] Russia
wins men's gymnastics championships
AP/ VOLOS, Greece - Russia won the final of the European men's
gymnastics championships on Saturday, beating defending champion
Romania. Russia had 272.225 points, while Romania finished
with 270.325. Belarus took bronze, and Ukraine edged Italy
for fourth place. Marian
Dragulescu of Romania scored a record 16.725 points
on the vault, the highest since a new scoring system took
effect this year after judging errors at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
"We came here to take a medal, we achieved that. It's tough
to defend a title," said Dragulescu,
the world vault and European all-around champion.
[May 6] Romanian
gymnastics team status
Questions about Andreea Munteanu, from our Forum:
Does anyone know if she is coming back??? Or she is basically
I hope she get it done and will be a part of the Beijing
team. She was so unlucky to get injured right before Athens.
The new Romanian gymnastics team head coach Nicolae
Forminte shows much more
respect for fans (and media), also by answering to their questions.
Here is an update for the whole Romanian
Nistor got medical clearance back in November 2005,
after an eight months break; she competed at European Championships
with only a 4-5 month training.
Munteanu got also medical clearance for training back
in November 2005, after many time-outs from gym , for periods
between 3 to 6 months. Since Athens games, she still trying
to come back. She has started to train but after her back
pains come back she have had to stop training; now she is
thinking -she have to decide between going on or retiring.
For the moment, she seems convinced to keep training for Worlds.
Raluca Izbasa : OK...
[May 5-6] TV alert: European Gymnastics Championships
Saturday : TVR2 / 15,30 -17,00 Live
Sunday : TVR2 15,30 -20,00
Live (along with a soccer festivity)
Box Office Mojo: Close-Up:
'Stick It's Jessica Bendinger
Former model (catch a glimpse of her in the Merchant/Ivory
production Slaves of New York), high school basketball star
and entertainment journalist Jessica Bendinger took her latest
role—first time feature director of Stick It—in stride. The
woman who wrote the popular cheerleading movie, Bring It On,
talked about writing the script, working in Hollywood and
why she stopped competing in gymnastics.
Box Office Mojo: Why did you quit high school gymnastics?
Jessica Bendinger: I got too tall. I grew six inches
and my center of gravity changed. I was devastated. I felt
like I was being held back a grade. Today, I'm 5'11.
Box Office Mojo: Who's your favorite gymnast?
Jessica Bendinger: Oana
Ban. She's a Romanian gymnast. She does really hard
tricks and she flew in the face of the [Gymnastics] Federation.
[May 5] Cash prizes for the Romanian
Ponor will receive (on May 21) a cash prize
from Constanta county Sport department, after her success
at European Championships, informs Mediafax agency. Also the
Romanian gymnastics team, currently training at Deva, was
announced by local Prefecture that cash prizes will be awarded
to the gymnasts for their good results at the European Championships:
each girl will get $1,000 and the coaches $1,700.
Sport Agency (ANS)
officials didn't welcomed the girls at airport, contrary to
their top officials "tradition" of welcoming at
airport any athletes who returns with medals. The ANS
cash prizes for the Romanian gymnastics team will be: for
a Gold medal -$3,500; Silver- $2,000; Bronze- $1,500. Catalina
Ponor and Sandra
Izbasa will get $ 7,000 each.
At juniors team, the biggest prize will be received by Aluissa
Bianca Lacusteanu - $ 2,500.
If the ANS
President will use his legal "permit" to double
the amount given for a Gold medal, Catalina
Ponor and Sandra
Izbasa may get $ $10,000 each.
[May 4] Nadia
Comaneci has a new appearance at Romanian TV
...in a new ( & debated) advertising campaign. This new
one is for a refinery, Rafo, from her hometown Onesti. Minutes
ago, the Romanian all news channel Realitatea
has aired first spot; a young gymnast can be seen performing,
too. Press reports said she got like $ 250,000 for the appearance
and an extra $10,000 for her charity contribution at Bucharest
orphanage hospital being build by the Romanian Orthodox Church.
[May 4] Romanian
gymnastics fans about European Championships results
I bet that B&B wouldn't have sent a full team just
like in 2002. They would have sent only Izbasa and Ponor to
qualify for EF. ...And then just like in 2004, because of
not having a full team, the Romanians would not compete in
the last group at next TF Euros, so TV wouldn't broadcast
them. I guess then that I'm happy that Forminte rebuilt a
team, even if it had not the spark of the Amsterdam one. They
did just very fine with their limited capacities.
Sri Ea /Egypt
I think euros results were just fine. Italians are just very
good. And they had lots of luck too - I mean 0.1?! that really
doesn't mean anything.
Just look at what happened at last years Worlds, with B&B
the senior team got down to just two gymnasts! Now
Nistor, Stanculescu, Stan have all being injured and they
are coming back great. With B&B they'd have being finished.
And despite the team is rebuilding, they won two golds, a
team silver and two bronze. That is nothing to sneer at!
Queen Diva / New Zealand
I'm bothered that all Romanians that remotely showed any
sort of charisma were broken down and discarded like trash.
I hold BELTYU [Belu's nickname on the US biggest Forum] solely
responsible for this and I am glad he is gone. I don't know
how Forminte will do but he actually seems to care
about his gymnasts and take's his time with them so they do
over exert themselves. Also, the junior team seems to have
a very competent choreographer. Whoever that is, I love their
work. The juniors seem to move with the music and their dance
is very appropriate to the music.
I think we need to give Forminte more time to prove his
worth as a National coach. I really like how he is developing
the junior team and they did reasonably well at Euros despite
so much upheavel in training last year. Deirdre/ Ireland
With Belu and Bitang Ponor would be retired ages ago.
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[May 3] Romanian gymnastics- good results at European
review/ Even if many said Romanian gymnastics will face a
crisis after coaches Octavian
Bellu and Mariana
Bitang quit, good results continued to be reported,
says. The Romanian female team of five ranked first, with
two gold, a silver and two bronze medals in the European Games
in Volos, Greece.
[May 2] Catalina
Ponor likely to retire before World Championship
Romanian gymnast said upon her return from Greece, where she
participated at the European Championship, that she would
most likely retire soon. "I did not change my mind about retiring.
I am ninety percent sure that I will not compete. Returning
to gymnastics after this European Championship seems improbable,"
The gymnast won gold in the beam event and bronze in the floor
event at the European Championship. The Romanian team also
won silver at the competition in Greece. Ponor
said she was happy with the results. "I experienced a special
moment after my beam routine, when everyone was cheering for
me," said Ponor.
Romanian gymnast Sandra
Izbasa won gold in the floor event and bronze in the
beam event. "One always wants better, but now I am content
with my performance in Volos," said Izbasa.
The coach of the women's team, Nicolae
Forminte said that he was at ease with the results
at the European Championship, as they won the number of medals
they planned. "The seniors won two gold medals, a silver medal
and two bronze at the European Championship, just like we
promised: each gymnast won a medal," said Forminte.
The coach emphasized that he was not entirely happy. "This
does not mean I am content with the results, I will never
be content. We are preparing for the World Championship and,
as always, the next competition is always the most difficult,"
[May 1] Romanian
movie in NY: THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU
The hero, known in full as Dante Remus Lazarescu, is an unregenerate
but oddly lovable mess. A resident of Bucharest, Mr. Lazarescu
(Ion Fiscuteanu) regularly drinks some sort of home-brewed
poison that looks like liquid wood soap. His wife is dead,
and he lives with three smelly cats that he loves.
[May 1] Romania
wins silver at European Championship
Ponor said Saturday that she cried in the locker room
after her team only received silver at the European Gymnastics
Championship in Greece. "After the finals I cried in the locker
rooms because we were very close to gold," said Ponor
who announced that she would retire after the competition.
Italy came first with a total of 175.225 points, with Romania
second on 175.125. Russia was third with 173.375. President
of the Romanian
Gymnastics Federation, Adrian Stoica said Saturday that
Romania only won silver at the European Championship due to
various mistakes. The Romanian
Gymnastics Federation official said that he was proud
of the junior team that also received silver at the competition.
The Romanian junior women's gymnastics team ranked first place
in the vault event and second in the beam and floor events.
Lacusteanu received a gold in the floor event for
the Romanian juniors' team in the individual competition on
also won bronze in the beam event and her teammate, Andreea
Grigore, won silver.
Bye, Golden Team!
After the official announcement of today's Catalina
Ponor retreat, the 2004 Athens Romanian gymnastics
Golden Team is entering...history of gymnastics. Thank you!
Ponor , Daniela
Sofronie , Monica
Eremia , Oana
Ban , Silvia
Stroescu and Andreea
Also congratulations to their coaches, Main coach: Octavian
Bitang , coach Nicolae
Forminte and coach Lucian
A Romanian gymnastics fan, Nade from Australia, made the best
video montage for this occasion, "Good
bye, Golden Team" -video montage, click to see .
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.