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

Marius Daniel Berbecar
 Adrian Bucur
 Ovidiu Buidoso
Marian Dragulescu
 Cosmin Iancu
 Alin Sandu Jivan
 Flavius Koczi
 Florin Nebunu
 Bogdan Stefan Orzata
 Cosmin Popescu
 Daniel Ilie Popescu
 Dan Nicolae Potra
 Razvan Dorin Selariu
Robert George Stanescu Andrei Suciu
 main coach Dan Grecu

  Athens 2004   
Catalina Ponor
  Daniela Sofronie
  Monica Rosu
  Alexandra Eremia
  Oana Ban   
  Silvia Stroescu
  Andreea Munteanu
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
RGF Hon.Pres.  Nicolae Vieru
RGF WAG  Dir.Anca Grigoras

 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)

 Munich 1972
Elisabeta Turcu
  (6th Team)

 Rome (Italy) 1960
 IONESCU Anastasia  IOVAN Sonia  

 (Bronze team)
 Melbourne (AUS) 1956
 IOVAN Sonia

 (Bronze team + 1 Medal)

  Romanian Gymnasts Bios
  Gabriela Agachi
  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 A. 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 
  Dorina Ungureanu
  Emanuela Ungureanu
  Ecaterina Ureche
  Marilena Vladarau
  Camelia Voinea
  Ana Maria Zaharia
  Luminita Zavod
  Dana Zbenghea
  Cristina Zelenca


[Oct 1] Guardian Unlimited - UK: What a babe
   Fifty years ago last week an American woman died of cancer in Texas. She was arguably the best sportswoman ever, anywhere in the world. This is the amazing life of Babe Didrikson, who could run, jump, throw, hit, swim - and sew - better than anyone
   All the others with a claim to having been the best are stars of a single sport, tennis having produced the most. Other contenders include the Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie, who won 10 world championships and three Olympic golds; Romania's Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast to record a perfect score in Olympic competition; and Wilma Rudolph, the American who overcame polio to win both Olympic sprints in 1960.
     How would you rank the top 10 sportswomen of all time?

[Sep 30] Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA: Super Mom
  Amy Haddad jumps, kicks and flips for pro fitness competitions. Her daughter knows her routines and her son cheers her performances. As a professional fitness contestant, Amy Haddad steps onstage in a sequined bikini and performs everything from side splits and straddle jumps to high kicks and back flips. Haddad was a gymnast growing up in Connecticut. Her idol was Nadia Comaneci. In high school she ran track and played basketball and volleyball.
  Haddad is attractive, a green-eyed blonde who once did some fitness modeling for a New Balance catalog. Her appearance doesn't hurt onstage, but she's often frustrated by fitness judging, which tends to be subjective. The highest level of competition is called professional, but only a handful of women make a living in fitness. The others earn some prize money, along with free gym memberships and other perks from sponsors.

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[Sep 30] James Madison to drop teams for Title IX compliance
ESPN - USA / HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison University's Board of Visitors voted Friday to drop 10 of its athletic teams in order to bring the school into compliance with the federal law demanding equity in male and female sports.
  The men's teams being eliminated are archery, cross country, gymnastics, indoor track, outdoor track, swimming and wrestling. The women's archery, fencing and gymnastics teams will be dropped.

[Sep 30]  Happy Birthday, Dominique Moceanu!
Forbes - NY,USA ; Contra Costa Times - CA,USA
   Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu is 25.

[Sep 28] Schedule changes unertain for Olympic swimming, gymnastics finals
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
   The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Beijing Olympic organizers on Wednesday said the schedules of swimming and gymnastics finals of the 2008 Games are still uncertain.
   A competition schedule provided by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG) at the world press briefing indicates that swimming and gymnastics finals will be held in the morning, instead of at night time as previous Games did. "The day competition schedule is yet to be confirmed by the IOC, " said Sun Weiyi, an official with BOCOG's sports department.

[Sep 28] Photos prompt investigation of varsity teams
The Ithacan Online/ US
  Members of two Ithaca College varsity sports teams are currently under investigation for possible hazing activities. Brian McAree, vice president of Student Affairs and Campus Life, confirmed Tuesday that an investigation by the college is under way, after photographs of current members of the men’s wrestling and women’s gymnastics squads were posted on a public Web site and were brought to the attention of college officials by a reporter from The Syracuse Post-Standard on Sept. 12. The photographs were taken at a party or parties in fall 2004 and depict women licking whipped cream off men’s chests, men drinking shots off women and other activities involving drinking.      On Monday, six of the photographs were also posted on, a Web site advocating for the national governing body of college athletics to adopt a policy on hazing, which it currently does not have. The selected photographs on were censored with black bars on the faces of the participants to conceal their identities.
  Current student-athletes were identified by head coaches late last week in the original uncensored photos posted on Jan. 25, 2005, on a album titled “ICW & ICG Party and Initiation.”
   Rick Suddaby, head coach of the women’s gymnastics team, said he would not comment on the on-going investigation and Marty Nichols, head coach of the men’s wrestling team, could not be reached for comment.
   Last spring, the cheerleading club was suspended after spring break until the end of the academic year, including the national competition, following violations of the athletic code of ethics at an off-campus party earlier in the year.

[Sep 28] Ithaca College Initiation Illogicality
   An online public photo album labeled "ICW & ICG (Intercollegiate Wrestling & Gymnastics) Party and Initiation" appears to reveal NCAA Division 3 Ithaca College teams engaged in impermissible initiation extracurriculars.
  There are no university regulations banning, nor any state law prohibiting, the act of partying. There are, however, unambiguous Ithaca anti-hazing policies in addition to New York State laws outlawing the practice. Initiating freshmen in the manner illustrated may fall under the purview of just about any definition of hazing. Forced or unforced. Laughing in a photo or not. In anticipation of the derivative, tired correspondence we'll undoubtedly receive from both media and some in the Ithaca community, read on, simpleton: The Ithaca College Policy Manual defines hazing as: subjecting a person to treatment intended to put him/her in a humiliating or disconcerting position, is prohibited, and is cause for disciplinary action.

[Sep 28] Psychology, Gymnastics and Rats, Oh My!
Simpson College The Simpsonian - Indianola,Iowa,USA
  Professor of Psychology Carl Halgren has more than just students in his class. He's also got rats. Since the beginning of the semester, students have been working in small groups to become acquainted with and train their own personal rats for the Rat Gymnastics, which are held in December. Rats are often used in psychology experiments because they are intelligent and easy to raise and care for. They have been used a lot for learning experiments in the past, both at Simpson and in the psychology world.
  The class is leading up to the Rat Gymnastics in December, when students must teach their rats to maneuver though a small maze. "The apparatus was easy and fairly cheap to build," Halgren said. Differently constructed apparatuses have been built in the past for previous experiments. For this experiment, the rats start on a wooden ledge attached to the wall. They are then to climb up a rope and through a small hole, leading them to another wooden ledge directly above their starting ledge.

[Sep 28] Gymnastics Championships: China set off for World Championships
CCTV - Beijing,China /   The Chinese National Gymnasts have left Beijing for the Gymnastics World Championships in Denmark. China consider the championships a great chance for the team to prepare for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The team needs all the experience it can get, since Olympic gold medalist Teng Haibin and world champions Feng Jing and Fan Ye all failed to make the national team. The twelve gymnasts competing at the World Championships will also have a chance to represent China at the upcoming Doha Asian Games. The team will train in France for a week, and then head to Denmark for the World Championships, which starts October 13th.

[Sep 27] Worlds: Olympic champion dropped from China's squad
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
    Athens Olympic champion Teng Haibing, world champions Feng Jing and Fan Ye were dropped from China's squad for Aarhus Gymnastics World Championship slated for next month in Denmark, as China released the roster on Monday. Teng Haibing, the Athens pommel horse gold winner, was excluded from the 14-member squad, and Feng Jing, the 2001 World Championship all-around gold medalist, also missed the opportunity to show up in the Aarhus gymnastics worlds. Gymnastic veteran Li Xiaopeng had been ruled out of the tournament by injury in the previous name-list, having to settle with his 13 Olympic and world titles, which is only one gold short of the record 14 titles held by Li Ning, the most prolific gymnast in China.
    Women's team: Zhang Nan, Cheng Fei, Pang Panpan, Li Ya, Huang Lu, Zhou Zhuoru, He Ning .

[Sep 26] Is cheerleading a guy thing?
Suwannee Democrat - Live Oak,FL,USA
   The Bulldogs' varsity cheerleading squad is doing more than tossing pom poms into the air these days. They can now toss the girls, thanks to the guys. SHS seniors Josh Jahnke and Dustin Baker have brought a bit of strength and gymnastics to the cheerleading squad. And as a result the team can tackle more complex stunts.
   Both guy cheerleaders were asked to jump on board when the squad caught wind of their flipping abilities. Josh was cornered first by the team. "We saw how Josh could backflip and thought it would be cool to have a boy on the squad," said Toi Herring, who has been a cheerleader for several years.
  After enduring begging and pleading from the girls, Josh finally gave in and became the first guy cheerleader in Suwannee Bulldog history...
[Sep 26] Former gymnasts present show for Francophone Summit
Bucharest Daily News - Bucharest,Romania
   The former members of the Romanian gymnastics and aerobics teams, reunited under the name of the Golden Romanian Team, will perform on Wednesday at the Palace Hall a show dedicated to the Francophone Summit. Among the members of the team are Marius Urzica who is also the initiator of the project, Oana Ban, Sabina Cojocar, Alexandra Eremia, Andreea Isarescu, Monica Rosu, Daniela Sofronie, Silvia Stroescu, Corina Ungureanu and Bogdan Orzata. All of them have obtained medals in European and international gymnastics competitions.
    Marius Urzica said on Monday that he wishes for the show, entitled "A Perfect 10," be performed abroad. "You will see a unique show in which we combine gymnastics and dance. We hope to take this show abroad because we have something to illustrate," he said, adding that former gymnast Nadia Comaneci said she would help them reach the U.S.
Related: Golden Team photos
                 Golden Team photo Gallery (VIP magazine)    

[Sep 26] Canada: 'Child care' costs require some tax law gymnastics
National Post - Canada
   A recent decision of the Tax Court makes it clear that expenses incurred from after-school activities may qualify as child care expenses for the purpose of the Income Tax Act. The decision probably does not change the law but makes clear that what qualifies as "child care" can be quite broad.
   The basic facts were fairly clear cut. In a return of income for the 2004 taxation year, Deborah Jones claimed a deduction for fees paid to the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club totalling $1,415. The fees were paid for gymnastics classes attended by her daughter who was 12 and 13 years of age during the relevant period. A portion of the amount claimed, $984, was for after-school classes and the remainder, $431, was for summer and spring break gymnastics camps. By way of a reassessment the Minister of National Revenue allowed the deduction in respect of the gym camps but disallowed the deduction in respect of after-school classes. Ms. Jones appealed that reassessment.

[Sep 26] National gymnastics week fundraisers
Port Lincoln Times - Port Lincoln,South Australia,Australia
    THE Port Lincoln gymnastics, kindergym and special needs club is hosting a gymathon in line with National gymnastics week. The event will raise money towards completion of the floor at the Ravendale gymsport facility. The floor matting needed is a safety necessity for all children using this state of the art facility.
   All classes will participate in the gymathon during National gymnastics week from September 26 to 29 including:
    • Special Needs gymnastics held on Saturday mornings at 11am.
    • Kindergym during Thursday and Saturday session times.
    • Kindergymnastics on Friday at 9.30am and 1.30pm.
    • General gymnastics, men's and women's artistic gymnastics held at normal class times during the week.
   The children will complete circuits or routines repetitively to be rewarded by community sponsorship per circuit/routine or by donation. The public is welcome to come and observe at any of the times mentioned above.

[Sep 26] 2008 Beijing Olympics: Big-time events at high noon
Melbourne Herald Sun - Australia
   International Olympic Committee sanctioned schedules, to be distributed to international media today, confirm that American broadcasting giant NBC has got its way by forcing high-profile medal events into prime-time evening TV slots in the US.
   Swimming finals will start at noon Melbourne time and most gymnastics and diving finals are to start between noon and 3pm instead of the planned evening slot of 8.30pm if NBC had not pressured the IOC to make the changes. The official scheduling is a blow to broadcaster Channel 7 which had hoped to convince IOC president Jacques Rogge to keep the gold-medal finals of swimming, gymnastics and diving in the traditional evening slots for host nation China.
   NBC has paid $2.6 billion for the North American broadcast rights to the Games and wants to screen the key events live in prime time instead of its usual practice of "packaging up" the day's highlights which would risk internet services scooping the network by streaming live.

[Sep 26] Gymnastics 'target' for paedophiles - Wellington,New Zealand
    The issue has been brought into the public eye with Gymnastics New Zealand (GNZ) making spectators register and label their cameras and cellphone cameras during this week's national championships in Christchurch because of concerns about paedophiles.
    McMullien, who will be judging in Christchurch this week, said one of his unofficial roles at gymnastics events was ensuring there were no suspicious people in the crowd.
     "We do encounter the odd strange fellow in gymnastics," McMullien said. "I've spoken to (alleged paedophiles) before at camps. At a camp in Christchurch I was asked to speak to one guy and he got the message."
     McMullien said he had not encountered any problems at Gymfest, but other gymnastics events in Southland had attracted unsavoury characters. 

[Sep 25] New Romania team ready for world championships debut - UK
   BUCHAREST- Sixteen-year-old Sandra Izbasa, European champion in the floor exercise, will lead a new Romania team at next month's gymnastics world championships in Denmark, team coach Nicolae Forminte said on Monday.    The six-member team does not include a single athlete from the last Olympic Games in Athens, where Romania captured gold in the team event. At the weekend, Izbasa won the national titles on floor, balance beam and vault, while Steliana Nistor, 17, won the asymmetric bars.
    "Romania will fight for the team title at the worlds but it will be not a disaster if we do not win," Forminte told Reuters. "We want to accumulate experience." Dana Druncea, Elena Chiric, Loredana Sucar, all 16, and Floarea Leonida, 19, complete the squad for the world championships in Aarhus, from Oct. 13 to 21.

[Sep 25] Gymnastics Rule Not New Says Organisers - Havelock Nth,Hawkes Bay,New Zealand
    Gymnastics New Zealand says asking people to register before using cameras at this week's National Championships is a protocol that has been in place for two years.
   The chief executive of the organisation, Jack Ralston, says the rule was instigated following a directive from the Federation of International Gymnastics in order to keep the young competitors safe. The rule has been called overcautious, but Mr Ralston says there have been no complaints from any parents as most agree that it is important to ensure the children are not exploited by inappropriate photography.

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[Sep 24] Crackdown on cameras at gymnastics champs - Wellington,New Zealand
   The risk of paedophiles taking unsavoury photographs of young athletes has prompted Gymnastics New Zealand to crack down on camera use at its national championships in Christchurch this week. Gymnastics New Zealand will register all spectator cameras taken into its national championships and label them because of concerns about paedophiles. The championships will start at the Westpac Centre on Wednesday, with many younger athletes part of the 700-strong competition.
    A competition spokesman, Dave Worsley, said no specific incident prompted the push to have all cameras, including picture-capable cellphones, registered and labelled on entry. However, it was clear there was a risk. Gymnastics New Zealand held the right to confiscate cameras or wipe images that were considered "unsavoury", he said. Many city councils and gyms around New Zealand already ban the use of cameras in swimming and other facilities because of concerns about inappropriate images being used by paedophiles.

[Sep 24] Video Game News: Mental Gymnastics from Majesco
Game Daily - San Francisco,CA,USA; GameDAILY BIZ - USA
  Majesco announced recently two new Brain Boost titles. Titled Brain Boost: Beta Wave and Brain Boost: Gamma Wave, they were developed under the consultation of Dr. Makoto Shichida. The games are designed to improve memory, concentration and judgment.
  "Each Brain Boost game offers a completely different set of fun, yet challenging, brain training problems that are designed to enhance your mental acuity," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing, Majesco Entertainment. "We believe a growing number of consumers are looking for more diversified game play experiences and the Brain Boost games will help attract a new audience to the category."  Brain Boost: Beta Wave and Brain Boost: Gamma Wave will release November 2006 for DS.

[Sep 23-24] TV Alert: Romanian Gymnastics National Championships!
Sep 23, TVR2, 19,00-19,45 (live) ;
               TVRi 11,30-13,00; for MAG record, click here
Sep 24, TVR2, 11,30-14,00 (live);  for WAG record, click here
              TVRi 8,30-9,30 (rec);         
              TVRi 11,30-14,00; for WAG recorded finals, click here

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[Sep 22] No charges in accusation of abuse at gym
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
   SEMINOLE COUNTY -- Citing insufficient physical evidence, the Seminole-Brevard State Attorney's Office has decided not to file charges against two gymnastics coaches who were accused of using drywall screws to inflict pain on elementary school-age boys at a Longwood gym. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office recommended Christopher Bonn, 18, of Longwood, and Michael Turner, 34, be charged with child cruelty after the boys' mother reported in June that screws were used to get her sons, then 8 and 10, to use proper techniques at Ace Gymnastics.
   In declining to file charges, prosecutors noted the complaint wasn't filed until about 10 months after the alleged incident.  

[Sep 22] ON VIDEO: 'Stay Alive' is D.O.A., but 'Stick It' stands up
Patriot-News - Harrisburg,PA,USA
  "STICK IT": After being arrested, Hayley (Missy Peregrym) is given a choice: She can either enroll in a military academy or return to the world of competitive gymnastics. Having walked out on her team two years ago and cost them a title, she isn't welcomed back with open arms. And while that sounds familiar and you think you know exactly where the film is heading, there are more surprises then a new floor routine. It's a solid family film and one that little gymnasts are going to love. Rated PG-13.
   Chris Hewitt off the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press says: It's not bad, as far as "Bring It On" knockoffs go, and the gymnastics footage -- which uses special effects to make it appear that eight athletes are doing programs on one balance beam at the same time -- is so sharp-looking that these filming techniques are sure to be ripped off for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Special features: Writer/director Jessica Bendinger, Peregrym and other cast and crew provide commentary for the movie and deleted scenes, and the DVD has featurettes focusing on the gymnastics action, including a profile of the athletes who handled stunts for the actors and full gymnastics routines.

[Sep 20] TV Alert: TVR1 "Great Romanians" - Nadia Comaneci!
TVR1, from 20,15 to 22,10 (Replay Sep 26, from 10,35 to 13,00)
Show will be available abroad, to all romanian gymnastics fans, on TVRi and (recorded) on web; will let you know. In the meantime, take your time and:
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See Nadia Comaneci documentary, click here
Related : TVR1 documentaries about great Romanians
  The show launched by Romanian Public Television that aimed to determine the greatest Romanians in the opinion of the inhabitants of the country will result in documentaries that will present to audiences the personalities that were selected during the campaign.   Director, producer and musician Hanno Hofer will craft the documentary about Nadia Comaneci .
Related:, February 2006:
"The Diplomat", Bucharest : Romania's makeover strategy
[Editor note, February: I was surprised to see some self-called "experts" saying that Nadia is not a world recognized name. These morons should not be given any Governmental advertising contract, because their stupid remarks speak for itself about their lack of knowledge. Even in Alaska, on a whale-whach tour or salmon fishing trip, you can met local natives which still remember Nadia]
“We deceive ourselves that Nadia Comaneci meant something to the world and that everyone knows Hagi,” says Bogdan Naumovici- creative director (!) of Leo Burnett Romania. “I don’t know how many people know Nadia Comaneci or Hagi,” he says.[Basically, when you don't know it's better to shut up/]“There are names in the sport world, but I don’t think they will be a legend for ever. Dracula has chances of living forever because it is already a legend.”-Ovidiu Iuliu Marian, President (!) of the National Authority for Tourism.  

[Sep 20] Discover The Secrets Of High-Performance Gymnastics - Scottsdale,AZ,USA
  Gymnastics in a unique sport to develop a proper strength training plan for. Gymnasts have incredible neuromuscular connections. Gymnastics requires, strength, power, flexibility, speed, and complete control over the body. The momentum required for gymnastics puts extreme forces and stresses on the gymnasts body. For these reasons, strength training is a MUST for gymnasts. You must approach strength training for gymnastics in a methodical, sensible fashion. The following tips should help any gymnast improve their performances in competition:
  1. Emphasize The “Gymnastics Muscles”
  2. Select Exercises For the “Gymnastics Muscles”
  3. Start Slowly Then Move Faster
  4. Train the Individual “Heads” Of the Shoulders  
  5. Use A Thick Bar
  6. Do Your Abdominal Work On a Swiss Ball 
 New section: Romanian gymnastics coaches
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[Sep 19] Former gymnastics coach gets 15 years
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
   DALLAS -- A former coach at an elite gymnastics academy was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Christopher Wagoner, 33, was accused of fondling and raping the girl in 2002 and 2003, when he was her coach. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual assault. Each charge carries a 15-year penalty, which he will serve concurrently.
  The girl's family filed a lawsuit this month alleging Wagoner repeatedly assaulted the girl and encouraged her to use bulimia and cocaine to lose weight. The lawsuit also accuses the owners of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy - the father of national champion Nastia Liukin and the coach of Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson - of failing to screen and supervise Wagoner. The suit does not seek a specific amount of money from owners Valeri Liukin and Yevgeny Marchenko, and does not accuse them of abuse.
Related: - Ft. Worth,TX,USA:  Coach Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault
MSNBC - USA:  Coach pleads guilty to sexual assault of gymnast

[Sep 19] From gymnastics to swiming: Sunset's Alvarez a thrill-seeker
Miami Herald - FL,USA
  ...But the sport has been a rush for Alvarez since she started diving four years ago. Alvarez took up the sport after competing in gymnastics since she was eight-years-old. ''I watched [gymnastics] when I was little during the Olympics, and I even dressed up like a gymnast for Halloween,'' Alvarez said. ``It made it easier when I started diving because my body was more flexible and I turn better during jumps.'' Alvarez, who was born and raised in Miami, said she quit gymnastics when she turned 12 once she realized that she would have to move away from her family to get more training and possibly pursue international competition.

[Sep 18] Coach Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault - Ft. Worth,TX,USA
   FORT WORTH, Texas -- A former gymnastics coach pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault of a child Tuesday morning Christopher Wagoner, 33, faced two felony counts for sexually assualting a 14-year-old gymnastics student. The plea comes one day after the trial began. As part of the deal, Wagoner will receive 15 years in prison. Wagoner could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison for each charge against him.
   Wagoner was formerly a coach at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano. The gym is known for producing Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson and U.S. champion Nastia Liukin and is currently being targeted in a lawsuit in connection with the assault. The lawsuit alleges that Wagoner, who became the girl's personal coach in 2002, suggested cocaine as a way for the girl to lose weight after first encouraging her to try bulimia.
Related: [Sep8] Gymnast accuses WOGA coach of sex abuse

[Sep 18] Worlds: Naomi to battle for Aussie team
Courier Mail - Australia
  NAOMI Russell expects to face a "war zone" this weekend. The 16-year-old will be battling for a place in the Australian team for the world gymnastics championships in Denmark next month. A team of five will be selected from weekend trials to be held at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
  She paid tribute to the expertise of the Queensland Academy of Sport's new Romanian coach Stephania Iliesu, who has helped improve dance steps in Russell's floor routine. Russell surprised many people earlier this year by finishing second at the national championships in Sydney, after only limited training because of a foot injury.

[Sep 18] - USA :  Liukin, Memmel get gymnastics nods
  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Chellsie Memmel and Nastia Liukin, who finished
1-2 at the 2005 world championships, were among 12 women invited to the selection camp for this year's event. The six-woman U.S. team will be announced after the camp ends Oct. 5. The world championships are Oct. 14-21 in Aarhus, Denmark.
  The U.S. women will be heavy favorites at worlds. Though there was no team competition last year, the Americans won nine of the 15 medals available and finished 1-2 in the all-around, balance beam, uneven bars and floor exercise.
  Memmel, Liukin and Sacramone will be joined at the selection camp by Jana Bieger, their teammate at last year's worlds; Natasha Kelley, the runner-up to Liukin at the national championships; Kayla Hoffman; Jacquelyn Johnson; Hilary Mauro; Ashley Priess; Britney Ranzy; Randi Stageberg; and Amber Trani.

[Sep 18] This Week's DVD Releases
Ottawa Sun - Ontario, Canada
  STICK IT ($25.19) -- The world of competitive gymnastics would seem a natural venue for a movie that sold itself as a tween flick and for the most part Stick It disappointingly stays that course, even when it teases that it's about to veer into the darker side of a sport that can be as ruthless and testing as any out there.
   The extremely photogenic Missy Peregrym plays Haley, a world-class gymnast who abandoned the U.S. national team in the middle of the Olympics and who has since found herself on the wrong side of the law. Facing jail time she is ordered by the court to enrol in a gymnastics academy run by a washed-up coach played by Jeff Bridges who together not only find redemption but a way to get back at those evil gymnastics judges.
  The film is directed and written by Jessica Bendinger of Bring It On fame who, while aiming at the same audience here, deserves kudos for her unique shooting style of the girls in competition and the use of kaleidoscope-like choreography for the overhead shots.
  Extras: The bonus material includes bloopers and outtakes, two music videos from the outstanding hip-hop soundtrack, a slow-motion look at how the athletes are judged on the uneven bars, and full routines from some of the real gymnasts used in the movie.
"Stick It"-trailers and photos to see
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'Stick It' sticks up for the girls : There's no other word for Stick It, the new Disney comedy about girl gymnasts, than "giddy." Except for "giggly." And "rude," bracingly rude. The gym rats of this frenetic female farce talk trash and talk dirty.
[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.
[June 16] Bring It On Again
yourMovies - Australia / If you watched the gymnastics during the Commonwealth Games and suspected the athletes were total bitches to each other behind the scenes, "Stick It" is a must-see.
Written and directed by Jessica Bendinger, who penned 2000's "Bring It On", "Stick It" switches cheerleading with gymnastics - this is "Bring It On" injected with more flips, more tight clothes and more attitude.

[Sep 18] Korean coaches for Nigeria soon
Vanguard - Apapa,Lagos,Nigeria
  ABUJA –– Korea may be the first port of call in Nigeria’s desire to shop for foreign Technical Adviser for the national teams. Sports and social Development Minister, Engineer Bala Bawa Ka’oje indicated this over the weekend when he received the Korean Ambassador to the country, His Excellency Pyong Gi. Noting the sporting relationship that has existed between the two countries, Ka’oje said he would require the Korean coach for the female national teams. Apart from the coach for the national female soccer teams, the Sports Minister also requested that he would appreciate technical assistance in marshal art and gymnastics.

[Sep 17] Austrian tennis player wins BCR Open Romania
Bucharest Daily News - Bucharest, Romania
  Jurgen Melzer won the BCR Open Romania Tournament on Sunday after defeating Italian Filippo Volandri in the final, in what is his first victory in a tournament within the ATP circuit.
  Jurgen Melzer received 44,100 euros for winning the tournament and 35 points in the ATP, while his opponent obtained 24 ATP points and a prize of 26,000 euros. Public figures such as former gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, former tennis players Ion Tiriac and Ilie Nastase and former soccer players Gheorghe Hagi and Anton Dobos attended the final.

[Sep 17] Five girls headed to compete for gymnastics team
Gwinnett Daily Post - Griffin,GA,USA
  Five local girls with Olympic dreams are headed to Texas for a chance to train at famed gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi’s ranch. The young gymnasts are among about 200 athletes chosen to compete for a spot on the national Talent Opportunity Program team, sponsored by USA Gymnastics. If the girls make the national team, they’ll be able to train at the sprawling Houston ranch of Karolyi. He has trained 28 Olympic medal-winning gymnasts, including Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug and Dominique Moceanu.
  “The gymnasts who make it into the program should be very strong, very flexible and have what it takes to become a high-level athlete,” said Dan Thaxton, owner of Gwinnett Gymnastics Center.
   Spending so much time in the gym helps the young gymnasts learn how to spend their time wisely, the coaches said. “It’s a hard sport,” Prestigiacomo-Miller said. “Girls who do make it through will do really well in school and in life.”

[Sep 17] Give kids fruit and veg but don’t get in a quiver over the odd Quaver
Sunday Herald - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
  Jamie Oliver is right. Of course he’s right. No one wants their child to be a 10 stone 10-year-old, paralysed by inertia, berserk through ADF, diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and a 30-year-old’s arteries by the age of 15 – by which time they’ll be 15 stone and paralysed on a child psychologist’s couch, with an eating disorder, mentally ruined for all eternity.
  Imagine, too, the Oliver Utopia of the future: superkids raised on superfoods, sent to six sporting classes a week, fitter, stronger and healthier than their permanently toxic parents, pole-vaulting over their wardrobes, playing Nadia Comaneci all along the back of the couch, eschewing the pansy play-park swings for swinging through the trees like Tarzan, growing into hormonally deranged, 7ft superteens exploding with intellectual derision who will take you out with the force of a Mohammed Ali uppercut while we rope-a-dope all the way to the boozer, wondering just where it all went wrong. Be careful, Oliver, what you wish for…

[Sep 17] Romanian Gymnastics Federation decorated on century anniversary
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
  Romanian President Traian Basescu awarded the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (FRG), the Sports Merit Order Class I, on Saturday, on the special occasion of FRG 100th anniversary. Basescu also awarded ex-coaches Maria Cosma and Adrian Goreac the Faithful Service National Order in Commander rank.
  On the same occasion, the president pointed out the fact that from 1958 when Romania won the first medal in gymnastics till today, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation brought Romania more than 300 medals, 260 won by female gymnasts and 70 by male ones, medals that rewarded the value, the work but also the tradition the Romanian gymnastics School has created, and at the same time, brought a huge joy to all Romanians. The Romanian Gymnastics Federation is by far the most successful Romanian sports federation, Basescu said and voiced hope the Romanian flag and anthem will keep the right to be looked at and listened to, respectively, thanks to the Romanian sports people successes, in the future world championships and the Beijing Olympic Games. Basescu thanked all the sports people and their coaches and the Romanian Gymnastics Federation for everything they have done for Romania.

[Sep 16] Romanian Gymnastics celebrated at Presidential Palace
TVR1 webcast: Presidential Awards, click here and go to min 28,40,
then go to min 54,40 for the  RGF Show and Trophy Awards (Sport news)

[Sep 16] 500 barbecue lunches at Central Coast Gymnastics
San Luis Obispo Tribune - San Luis Obispo,CA,USA
  An Arroyo Grande woman is hosting a fundraiser in memory of Jackson Wood, the 22-month-old toddler who died after being hit by a truck in the Village earlier this month. Tina Porter will serve 500 barbecue lunches at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, Suite 100, in San Luis Obispo, today from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 a plate with a minimum of $20 for children to play at the gym. There will be activities for all ages at the gym, Porter said.
  "I grew up in Arroyo Grande and I have a daughter the same age as Jackson, so when I heard about the tragic accident, I wanted to do something to help," Porter said. All proceeds will go to the Wood family. Call Central Coast Gymnastics at 549-8408 to make reservations for gym playtime. For details about the fundraiser, contact Porter at 365-5028.

[Sep 16] Problems For Romania’s Gymnastics Team Before Olympic Games
Mediafax - Bucuresti,Romania
BUCHAREST / President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Adrian Stoica, said Romania’s national gymnastics teams will have a tough time this year in the qualifications for the Olympic Games in Beijing. He said many of the girls in the team are still too young to take part in the Olympics while others are injured and cannot compete.

[Sep 16] Romanian Gymnastics celebrated at Presidential Palace

  Bucharest/ Romanian Gymnastics Federation and former Romanian gymnastics coaches Adrian Goreac and Maria Cosma had received today Presidential Awards during an official ceremony at Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest.

  At her 100 years Anniversary, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation has received "Ordinul Meritul Sportiv" clasa I. Mr.Adrian Stoica, the President of RGF, has received the RGF Award.

Former Romanian gymnastics coaches Adrian Goreac and Maria Cosma received "Ordinul National Serviciu Credincios, in grad de comandor".

    The Romanian President Traian Basescu has pointed that, during the 100 years existence, the Romanian gymnastics federation had obtained more than 300 medals - 260 medals for WAG and 70 medals for MAG.
    President Basescu said that merithous coach Adrian Goreac is receiving the award because during his career as National coach (1982-1990), Mr. Goreac has gained 67 medals, about 1/3 of total medals which the Romanian gymnastics WAG team has got during the history.

TVR1 webcast: Presidential Awards, click here and go to min 28,40,
then go to min 54,40 for the  RGF Show and Trophy Awards (Sport news)

Romanian Gymnastics World Records:
Youngest Female World Gymnastics Champion: Aurelia Dobre
Youngest Female Gymnastics Champ In One Event : Daniela Silivas
The youngest female World Gymnastics champion on a single piece of apparatus is Romania's Daniela Silivas (b. May 9, 1971) who was 14-years 185-days old when she won the gold medal on the balance beam on November 10, 1985 in Montreal, Canada.

       Romanian gymnasts which scored the "Perfect Ten":

    Nadia Comaneci : 1976 Olympic Games, 1980 Olympic Games
    Emilia  Eberle : 1980 Olympic Games, Moscow
    Melita Ruhn : 1980 Olympic Games, Moscow
    Lavinia  Agache : 1983 World Championships, Budapest
    Mirela Barbaata : 1983 World Championships, Budapest
    Ecaterina Szabo : 1983 World Championships, Budapest
                                     1984 Olympic Games-Los  Angeles
    Simona Pauca : 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles
    Daniela Silivas : 1985 World Championships, Montreal
                                   1987 World Championships, Rotterdam
                                   1988 Olympic Games, Seoul
                                  1989 World Championships     
    Aurelia Dobre : 1987 World Championships, Rotterdam
    Eugenia Golea : 1987 World Championships, Rotterdam
    Camelia Voinea : 1987 World Championships, Rotterdam
    Cristina Bontas : 1989 World Championships, Stuttgart
    Lavinia Milosovici : 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona

[Sep 16] Nadia Comaneci awarded "The Legendary Champion" trophy - Shanghai,China
   Former Romanian great gymnast Nadia Comaneci received yesterday "The Legendary Champion" trophy, awarded for the first time in Romania, by The House of Champions Foundation.
   "The name of Nadia Comaneci is synonymous with Romania itself," said Mariana Gheorghe, Petrom's representative, a company that is a partner of the House of Champions Foundation. Nadia Comaneci received the trophy from the famous trainers Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang, state counselors for sports at the Presidential Administration.

[Sep 16] Former coach of Nadia Comaneci, head of Jets Gymnastics
Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA
  ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The former coach of legendary gymnast Nadia Comaneci has jumped into a new job as head of JETS Gymnastics in Rochester. George Gorgoi, 63, considers the move a chance to develop more high-level athletes and put the city on the gymnastics map. Gorgoi coached the Romanian team, alongside coach Bella Karoli, at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in Montreal when Comaneci, then 14, earned the first "10" (a perfect score) in Olympic gymnastics history. She did it twice in that competition - on the uneven-parallel bars and the balance beam.
  Gorgoi recalls that even with a crowd of 26,000, "You could have heard a fly in the air; it was that quiet," Gorgoi said. "You can't begin to understand the stress psychologically she went through." Gorgoi became Comaneci's main coach the following year, and continued coaching her until 1981. He's been running a gymnastics program at a gym he bought in 1998 in Buffalo, N.Y. Gorgoi bought a house in Rochester and plans to start coaching in October.

[Sep 16] Nadia Comaneci awarded "The Legendary Champion" trophy
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
   Former Romanian great gymnast Nadia Comaneci received on Friday "The Legendary Champion" trophy, awarded for the first time in Romania, by The House of Champions Foundation. "The name of Nadia Comaneci is synonymous with Romania itself," said Mariana Gheorghe, Petrom's representative, a company that is a partner of the House of Champions Foundation.
   Nadia Comaneci received the trophy from the famous trainers Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang, state counselors for sports at the Presidential Administration.

[Sep 15] Nadia Comaneci receives sports excellence award
Bucharest Daily News - Bucharest,Romania

   Romanian gymnastics celebrity Nadia Comaneci was awarded the "Legendary Champions" trophy Friday for her lifetime career achievements. Former coach of the national gymnastics team and Presidential Sports Aide Mariana Bitang said that in the future the trophy will be awarded to great Romanian champions. Bitang, who is also president of "Casa Campionilor" Foundation, said that the first trophy was awarded to Nadia Comaneci because she is considered a symbol of Romanian sports worldwide.

 [Sep 15] Happy Birthday to Steliana Nistor!
Send your greetings to Steliana Nistor and we shall forward to her; include your name and country Here is one of the very first message:
... La multi ani!
sanatate, aur mondial in octombrie 2006 si aur olimpic in 2008!
... iti doreste Eta (Romania)

[Sep 14] Gymnastics movement will build on site here
Maryland Northeast Booster - Towson,MD,USA
  Perry Hall will soon be the new home of an athletic organization with roots stretching back to 19th century Europe. Sokol Baltimore Inc. has bought land on Honeygo Boulevard near Ebenezer Road to build a gymnasium that will not only be for the organization's membership, but also for the general public. Sokol president Bohus Bata said the organization is constructing a more permanent home that is larger and better suited for athletics that include gymnastics and other sports.
   Sokol's history Sokol was founded in 1862 - in the portion of the Austro-Hungarian Empire now known as the Czech Republic and Slovakia - to help people stay fit and healthy, physically and mentally. Members took part in gymnastics, swimming and other physical activities, as well as cultural events. Czech immigrants brought Sokol to the United States, establishing the first unit in St. Louis in 1865.

Miami Herald - FL,USA
  A woman at the turn of the century daintily playing tennis in an ankle-length skirt and wide-brimmed hat. A young girl, arms extended in the shape of a wide 'V,' hanging off tree limbs as if they were gymnastic rings. A track runner with prosthetic legs being interviewed by the media. These are some of the many images of female athletes celebrated at the closing reception of the Game Face exhibit at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum -- an event that highlights women who played an important part in sports history.
  Kim Anthony, the first black female gymnast to be recruited by and receive a scholarship to the University of California during the early 1970s and a four-time National Gymnastics champion, can vouch for the opportunities that playing sports can give.

[Sep 14] Where have all the good fans gone?
The Daily Utah Chronicle - Salt Lake City,UT,USA
  Five years is all the time a typical student gets at the U. Five years for students to get their fill of late-night study sessions, Friday night keggers that last until Monday, and five-page, double-spaced essays with one-inch margins on each side. Five years is all the time typical U students get to paint themselves red, scream at referees and show their school spirit before they find a mate, a nine-to-five job and two kids under the age of 2.
   Although the men's basketball games don't have crowd-surfing coeds and cannons blasting after every score, the games still get a strong backing from U students. Even the gymnastics squad enjoys a rambunctious fan base that only a section of students could provide. Some students made the argument that the big three-football, men's basketball and gymnastics-have been the most successful programs at the U.

[Sep 13] Carly pursues singing on 'Celebrity Duets'

Lucy Lawless, Cheech Marin, Carly Patterson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jai Rodriguez, Hal Sparks and Lea Thompson are the remaining seven celebrities who will compete on CELEBRITY DUETS. - USA
  Carly Patterson has her gold; next she wants platinum. Patterson, 18, is one of six stars to advance to the third round on Fox TV’s new reality show Celebrity Duets,” where celebrities pair up with singing stars and advance in competition based on call-in votes from the television audience. Fox TV will donate $100,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice.
   Tune in Thursdays at 9 p.m. eastern for the live performances and don’t forget to vote during the two-hour window immediately following the show. The results show airs live Fridays at 9 p.m.
    Q: How has your experience been so far on the show?
    Carly Patterson: My experience on “Celebrity Duets” has been awesome and I'm learning so much. I don't want to go home because it is so much fun and such a great experience for me to have. Everyone has been great and I will miss them all when it’s over.
   Q: Are there any similarities to competing in gymnastics?
    Carly Patterson: There are some similarities like getting a little nervous before performing, but in lots of ways it’s a lot different because I don't have the same experience in this that I had in gymnastics. I trained for years to be the best and compete in the Olympics.
   Q: Which is tougher - singing on a stage or performing on a podium?
   Carly Patterson: They are both very hard but in different ways. I realize how much experience and practice/training helps you to be prepared for something. I had 10 years in gymnastics and it’s only been two weeks for singing in front of millions. It's kind of like doing the Olympics without training. You have talent but haven't developed it yet.

[Sep 13] Kevin Tan - Captain of 2006 U.S. Men's Gymnastics National Team - USA
  UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 12, 2006 - Penn State men's gymnastics assistant coach Kevin Tan has been selected to captain the U.S. National Team when it participates in the 2006 World Championships from Oct. 14-22 at NRGi Arena in Aarhus, Denmark.
  Tan was chosen to lead the team from among a roster of 15 world-class athletes who will represent the United States in the international competition. Competing as a member of Team Chevron, Tan qualified for the U.S. National Team by capturing first place in the still rings at the 2006 Visa Championships held in St. Paul, Minn. in mid-August.

[Sep 12] Some ran off to join 'circus,' got into U.S.
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
  Acrobats, jugglers and contortionists they weren't. But with the help of an Orlando man offering bogus circus contracts in Florida, 872 impostors from Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and other countries paid up to $4,000 each to be illegally smuggled into the country during the past 10 years, federal investigators charged Monday. Constantin Ciprian Durbalau, 30, a Romanian citizen who has lived in Orlando and Davenport in the past few years, was arrested Thursday night at Orlando International Airport after returning from his country. At a hearing Monday, U.S. Magistrate James Glazebrook ordered Durbalau held without bail on charges of smuggling aliens for financial gain and aiding and abetting forged immigration documents.
  Counts also said that his client was a part-time coach at Orlando Metro Gymnastics. An official there said he was an unpaid coach, had not worked there in months and was a former member of the Romanian international gymnastics team. Immigration officials said they would be sending letters notifying the illegal-visa holders -- many thought to be in the Orlando area -- that they must leave the country or face arrest.

[Sep 11] "Romania's most powerful" leader lashes out at journalists
Bucharest Daily News - Bucharest,Romania
  This year's edition of the top made by "Banii Nostri" magazine, designating Romania's most powerfull figures was based on results of a May polling of 1,050 respondents, who designated their favorites for each of the following categories: most powerful decision makers, most influential leaders, most powerful businesspeople and most important symbols.
   Other women in the ranking include Justice Minister Monica Macovei, businesswoman Monica Tatoiu, gymnast Nadia Comaneci, former presidential adviser Elena Udrea and a series of popular TV stars. The coordinating editor explained the results of the ranking by saying that "collective memory is impregnated with television and people vote as dictated by the small screen."
   Time eases loss, changes views concerning 9/11
Bloomington Pantagraph - IL, USA
BLOOMINGTON -- If images of Sept. 11, 2001, are etched in the minds of Americans, they are engraved into the memory of Bill Sopper of Bloomington. His daughter, Mari-Rae Sopper, died with about 3,000 others when terrorists hijacked four commercial jets.
   She was aboard the plane that crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The former high school gymnastics star and Navy lawyer was leaving a private law practice office where she made $96,000 a year to pursue a lifelong dream as a $28,000-a-year gymnastics coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
[11.09] September 11, 2001-2006 / Ode to America
What on Earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases which risk of sounding like commonplaces. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion. Only freedom can work such miracles! (excerpts from "Evenimentul Zilei" 2001 article, by Cornel Nistorescu)
Related: ; 911 Conspiracy ; 911 Eyewitness ; 911 In Plane Site ;
9/11: The Great Illusion ; FEMA camps
"Loose Change" ,"A documentary that exposes the truth about what really happened on 9-11"
Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 Trailer movie:
"One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year"
The "Pentagon Strike": "raises questions about the official story of the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11"

[Sep 10] Romanian gymnastics team has won in Holland
1. Romania       354,250;
2. Netherlands 331,400;
3. Portugal        341,250

[Sep 10] Students savour spirit of Olympics
Guardian Unlimited - UK
  Cherie Blair was an approving spectator at the inaugural UK School Games. The Prime Minister's wife took in some action from all five of the sports that are making up this event, designed to encourage youngsters during the build-up to the 2012 Olympics in London.
  Athletics and swimming were obvious sports to be included, but some eyebrows were raised by the inclusion of gymnastics, table tennis and - especially - fencing, which is hardly something that many schools have the facilities to offer students.

[Sep 10] Mental gymnastics can be useful, too
Kitsap Sun - WA, United States
  Mental Gymnastics: A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finds that solving crossword puzzles can significantly decrease the onset of dementia. Senior citizens who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a risk of dementia that was 47 percent lower than subjects who did puzzles only once a week, according to research.
   Sudoku, meaning single number in Japanese, is another puzzle thought to be a good "cerebral workout," says Dr. Trevor Hawkes a mathematician at the Warwick Mathematics U.K. Institute in Coventry, . So turn to your favorite puzzle and try a workout.

[Sep 9] Romanian gymnastics team, competing in Holland
The Romanian gymnastics team (WAG: Steliana Nistor, Sandra Izbasa, Dana Druncea, Loredana Sucar, Florica Leonida, Aluissa Lacusteanu;
MAG: Razvan Selariu, Flavius Koczi, Robert Stanescu, Adrian Bucur, Dan Potra, Ovidiu Buidoso ) will compete today with teams from Holland and Portugal in Enschede, Holland.

[Sep 9] Former gymnastics teacher in court
WHEC-TV - Rochester,NY,USA
   An East Rochester gymnastics teacher charged with raping a 13-year-old student was arraigned in county court Friday. 40-year-old Marian Penev is accused of having sexual relations with the girl at the gym where he worked. He is also facing related federal charges. The crimes allegedly happened between May and December of last year.
   The U.S. attorney had characterized the accusations against Penev as chilling and a parent's worst nightmare. Penev is a native of Bulgaria. Prosecutors said he is considered a sports hero in his native country. He's being held in federal custody without bail because he's a flight risk. Penev is accused in federal court of using the Internet to communicate with the girl in sexually explicit ways. (See News 10 NBC Report)

[Sep 9] Gymnastics and politics: 'Flip-flop abilities'
Dallas Morning News - TX,USA
   In Dallas County, where Democrats are working to make inroads after years of Republican domination, Mr. Bell proclaimed the governor "an absolute failure." And he accused Mrs. Strayhorn of evolving positions on abortion, toll roads and the children's health care. "Strayhorn has flip-flop abilities that rival Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci," the renowned gymnasts, Mr. Bell told the Dallas Democratic Forum.

[Sep 8] Rape charge: Gym coach pleads not guilty
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA
  An East Rochester gymnastics coach pleaded not guilty today to raping a 13-year-old female student at his business. Marian Asenov Penev, 40, is charged with three counts of second-degree rape, six counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly having sexual contact with the girl from May 1 to Dec. 27, 2005.    Monroe County Court Judge Elma A. Bellini scheduled a trial for Jan. 22. Penev, operator of Penev’s Gymnastics on Despatch Drive, is in federal custody on a federal charge that he used the Internet to seduce the girl.

Calendar: Oct. 28 Hilton Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular - Portland,OR,USA
  An event that combines Olympic and world champion gymnasts and skaters on one integrated stage will be unlike anything ever done in Portland. The gymnastics equipment is placed over the iced arena so skaters and gymnasts can interact during the routines. Cool. Athletes scheduled to perform include Paul and Morgan Hamm, Dominique Moceanu, Shannon Miller, Evgeni Plushenko and Michael Weiss. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Rose Garden arena. Tickets $30-$100; 877-789-7673.

[Sep 8] Stem Cells: Next Type of Sports Doping?
Forbes - USA
  For athletes, stem cells have much more than the potential to cure disease and save lives - they may be able to heal injuries, boost strength and endurance, and provide a lasting edge over the competition. If it sounds like stem cells are next frontier for doping in sports, it's because they very well may be. "There's a spin-off technology from stem cells that could produce super-athletes," said Paul Griffiths, managing director of CryoGenesis International, which stores umbilical cord blood in its bank for potential later therapeutic use. He believes that injecting stem cells into healthy muscles might increase their size and even restore them to their youthful capacity.

[Sep8] Gymnast accuses WOGA coach of sex abuse
Dallas Morning News- TX,USA
   A Dallas teenager contends in a lawsuit that she was encouraged to use cocaine to lose weight and sexually assaulted for several years at the elite Plano gymnastics academy that produced Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson and U.S. champion Nastia Liukin.
   The lawsuit alleges that the owners of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy – Nastia's father, Valeri Liukin, and Carly's coach, Yevgeny Marchenko – failed to screen and supervise Christopher Wagoner, one of their coaches in the years leading up to the 2004 Olympics. He has been charged with four counts of felony sexual assault of a child in connection with the girl, who was 14 at the time.
   According to the criminal case, Mr. Wagoner fostered a close relationship with the girl and frequently kept her at the gym after hours. In September 2002, her family helped him move, and the girl slept at his new apartment. During the night, Mr. Wagoner approached the girl and began to fondle her, according to the arrest warrant affidavit written by a Dallas detective.
  Three nights later, the girl slept over again, and Mr. Wagoner pulled her to the floor and had sex with her, police said. The sexual assaults continued over the next six months at his apartment and at the academy's two gyms...
[Sep 5] Gymnast tested positive for drugs at the Kedah Sukma Games
New Straits Times - Persekutuan,Malaysia
  See Ting, 13, who represented Malacca at the Games, was ordered to surrender the three gold medals she won on May 30, the day she failed the doping test. She had a total haul of five gold medals — in the Individual All Around final, floor, vaults, beam and team events, but was allowed to keep the IAAF and team gold which were contested on May 28-29.
  The National Sports Council’s Anti-doping Results Management tested See Ting’s urine sample collected on May 30 and found it positive for predmisone and prednisolone, types of steroids.

[Sep 4] Will miss you, Steve (The Crocodile Hunter)!
Discovery Communications, Inc. Mourns Tragic Loss of Steve Irwin
    Steve was beloved by millions of fans and animal lovers around the world and was one of our planet's most passionate conservationists.
    Steve was killed during a filming expedition on the Great Barrier Reef. While we are still collecting specific details, it was a rare accident in which Steve swam over a stingray and was stung by its barb in his chest.
   A doctor on board Croc One, Steve's research vessel, was unable to resuscitate Steve and by the time he was reached by the rescue helicopter he had passed away.    AP Photo/Animal Planet
AP / 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin Killed by Stingray
   "He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.
  Post your respects to the Irwin Family, click here
  Related: watch free videos with Steve (Crocodile Hunter), click here
Editor's Note: I'm sure any parent can benefit by showing to their children some of famous Steve's documentaries about nature and conservation; we can help his family buying these ("The Crocodile Hunter" -$12,99 from Amazon )  we can use his teachings, we can show our children his great achievements (and above all, his passion for nature) in promoting nature conservation. He died doing what he likes most, and this may be a God Blessing. He loved nature and wildlife and died for them.
Will Miss you, Crocodile Hunter !God Rest You!

[Sep 3] Loyola's Rowland cites critical talk as key to her state title
Chicago Tribune - United States
  Negative chatter fired up Rowland and drove her to a come-from-behind state diving championship last season. "Talk around the pool was, 'Oh, I think she's done,' or 'Oh, I don't think she'll win,'" Rowland said. "That motivated me. I looked at my team in the stands [for support]. I think they were the loudest team there." Rowland nailed her last dive to take the title—not bad for someone who first tried diving when she was 11. She switched to the sport full time a year later and ended nine years of gymnastics and the injuries associated with it. The switch was 180 degrees.
  "[Diving] is pretty much everything upside down—it's just like gymnastics," Rowland said. "A lot of things in gymnastics, like a flip-flop, you start upside down, but in diving you start standing up."

[Sep 2] LOS ANGELES TIMES:   Waltz of the green Danube
The Standard - Hong Kong
  A new eco-resort overlooking the river's wondrous delta reveals the wildlife, culture and architecture of the ancient Romanian region, writes Susan Spano     
  At the end of its 2,834-kilometer journey across Europe, the mighty Danube River seems to give up trying to reach the Black Sea. It turns north, away from the coast, crosses the lonely steppe country, then frays into myriad channels, marshes, swamps and lakes edged by waterlogged willow trees. (photos)
  Colonies of birds fly in from Asia, Africa and Siberia. In the stalled, murky water, giant carp and catfish lurk, sought by fishermen who live in villages that can be reached only by boat. This is the Danube River delta, a 647,500-hectare World Biosphere Reserve, out of time, unknown and remote, a lost puzzle piece at the wild, eastern edge of Europe. To see it is proof that the meandering river has never lost heart.
  ...As we turned off the highway west of Tulcea, I marveled that it took an Indian deal maker to take on the task of protecting the Danube delta. This is a man whose knowledge of Romania, when he first arrived here eight years ago, began and ended with Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci.
Related: Danube Delta photos, click here
Related: Danube Delta posters

[Sep 2] TV Alert: From Nevada, Rares Orzata at TVR1!
TVR1 &TVRi, from 10,00: " From gymnastics to circus" (replay)
TVR1, from 10,30: "Parfum de Glorie" with former gymnast Rares Orzata;
(he now works for Cirque du Soleil in Casino Mirage and lives in Las Vegas)
TVRi , Monday, Sept 4-21,15: replay on "Parfum de Glorie" with Rares Orzata;
(TVRi being available abroad through satellite;
TVRi is also available live through Internet, click here)

[Sep 1] Gym Facility Gets New Owner After Old One's Child Porn Arrest
WISC - Madison,WI,USA
   MADISON, Wis. -- A new owner has taken over a Madison gymnastics facility after its previous owner was arrested this week for allegedly possessing child pornography.
  Charlie Cotter of Madtown Twisters on the city's West Side announced on Friday he has taken over the former All Star Gymnastics facility located at 808 Walsh Road on the East Side, WISC-TV reported. All Star Gymanstic's previous owner, Patrick Okopinski, 37, of Sun Prairie, was arrested and faces 26 counts of possessing child pornography.

[Sep 1] Atlantic Lottery turns 30 on September 3, 2006
Canada NewsWire- Canada
  MONCTON, N.B., Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Thirty years ago, Matsushita introduced the first VHS home video cassette recorder. "Rocky", the movie, was number one both at the box office and at the Annual Academy Awards. That same year, while Canadians rocked out to the sounds of the Bay City Rollers "Saturday Night", Bono and The Edge formed a band called U2. And, in the world of sports, over one billon viewers watched worldwide as Nadia Comaneci scored a perfect 10 at the Olympics Games in Montreal.

[Sep 1] Today's sideline gymnastics come with list of rules to keep girls safe
Herald & Review - Decatur,IL,USA
  The most visible new rule by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators governing high school cheerleading is that basket tosses are no longer allowed on hard surfaces; cheerleaders must be on a mat, grass or other soft surface. A basket toss is when the flyer steps into the interlocked arms of two bases (supporters), assisted by a third person who lifts the flyer at the waist. The flyer is tossed upward. Stunts are still allowed, including pyramids and tosses, as long as appropriate precautions, such as safety mats, are taken.
  Southern Illinois University cheerleader Kristi Yamaoka fell 15 feet while doing a stunt during a basketball game in March and landed on her head, prompting another look at the rules governing cheerleading stunts at the collegiate level. Yamaoka suffered a concussion and broken neck.

[Sep 1] Octavian Belu said he Did Not Collaborate With The Former Securitate
     BUCHAREST, Aug 31 Octavian Belu, Romania’s state advisor for sports problems, said Thursday for MEDIAFAX that he was not asked to write informative notes and added he does not think any of his colleagues were collaborators within the former communist secret police, or Securitate, when he was the coach of the national gymnastics team in Deva.
[ note: "Fanatik" weekly printed few months ago documents from Karoly's Securitate files which do proves there were (many) "Securitate" collaborators in the Romanian gymnastics; also Matei Stanei, first Ponor coach, said in "Adevarul that he could not travel abroad for years because somebody has filed reports against him"]

September Birthdays:
1: Aluissa Bianca LACUSTEANU ; 2:Ionela Anghel ; 3:Corina Bucureanu;
4:Mirela Tugurlan; 9:Gina Gogean; 10:Eugenia Popa, Elena Cristina CHIRIC
12:Laura Cutina; 15:Andreea Cacovean, Steliana Nistor ; 19:Simona Pauca
20:Andreea Munteanu ; 30:Andreea Raducan.
Sept 9, Holland: gym contest with Romanian gymnastics team;
Sept 16, Bucharest: RGF 100 years Anniversary;
Sept 22-24, Resita: National Championships (Seniors and Club teams);
Sept 29, Spain: gym contest with Romanian gymnastics team

[Aug 31-Sept 1] TV Alert: : Marius Urzica in "Intercities" TV show
   Marius Urzica, and Maria  Olaru and Daniela Sofronie can be seen tonight (from 20,45, Semifinals) and tommorow (20,45-Finals) at final editions of "Games at Saint Tropez" (local name of a popular TV show, "Intercities", which has started back in 1962 in France), to be aired by Antena1, available live on web (click here).100 top athletes from each country compete in some funny games.

  Romania, Italy, Ukraine and Russia have their teams at Saint Tropez, a popular French (VIP's) resort. In the end, one country will get the Trophy.
Link: Antena 1 live

Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.

 Feature stories   
EXCLUSIVE! Post card from Deva: Romanian Gymnastics Team
  EXCLUSIVE! American gymnast, training in Romania
Marian Dragulescu marriage: photos &videos
Cristina Bontas Tantaru- EXCLUSIVE interview
Maria Olaru about how to become and remain a winner
 Romanian Gymnastics Team-The World Stars, having "their own" Stars
 Andreea Raducan, in a (funny) Tv show
Nadia Comaneci interview
Monica Rosu interview
   Daniela Sofronie interview
Oana Ban interview
   Silvia Stroescu interview


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