[Jan 30] The
Don King of gymnastics: Bela Karolyi
San Jose Mercury News - San Jose,CA,USA
Karolyi did interviews with just about every media
outlet in the Bay Area because nobody does it better. He sounded
like a revival preacher talking about Mary Lou Retton
- thousands of times he has done this speech, and still with
"These coming up championships are going to
have the biggest surprises anyone has ever seen'' he promised.
Why? Because the juniors we've never heard of "are
gonna come in with the HUNGER! and the desire and the performance.''
He called the current champions "goddesses'' and the
pending battle a ``dogfight.'' With two-time
national champion Nastia Liukin six feet away, he said,
"We want to see because we are bad guys and we
want to see the queen dying.'' He's Don King, only
the hair flows wildly from his lip and not the top of his
[Jan 29] Nadia
Comaneci offered 10 scholarships for CSS 2 gymnasts
Niro Group on Monday offered 10 scholarships to gymnasts from
School Sport Club 2 from Bucharest, Rompres reports.
for three years the image of the group, within the partnership
“We invest in people, we invest in the future,” which consists
of social programmes destined to sportsmen and women, underprivileged,
old people, poor and orphan children.
The EUR 1,200 scholarships (EUR 100/month,
for one year) were received by gymnasts Cristina Petcu,
Raluca Nistor, Andreea Gheorghe, Cristina
Tudose, Cristina Stefan, Mihaela Tone, Roberta
Butuc, Andreea Codrat, Florina Dan and Georgiana
Calcutta Telegraph - Calcutta,India
that, cardio exercise at home or in gyms is the heart of the
The international gym chain which has helped Muhammad
Ali and Shaquille O’Neal, Sylvester Stallone
and Wesley Snipes and Nadia
Comaneci and Anna Kournikova stay in shape,
is launching a 70-km Cardio Thon in town, a competitive introduction
to Gold’s cardio programme.
[Jan 24] Dancers
break away from Earth's gravity
Daily Press - Newport News,VA,USA
Strange shapes and cosmic landscapes inhabit
"Lunar Sea," the evening-long work by the Momix dance company
onstage tonight and Thursday at The American Theatre. Pendleton,
who founded the company in the early 1980s, uses an old theatrical
device - phosphorescent paint illuminated by black light -
to fashion his lunar world.
In the late 1990s, Pendleton teamed with choreographers
Daniel Ezralow and David Parsons to create Aeros, a
European light show that featured the movements of members
of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation in a theatrical setting.
[Jan 22] Camelia
Voinea To Open 1st Private Gymnastics School In Romania
CONSTANTA, Mediafax Agency: Camelia
former champion in female’s gymnasts back in 1987 will soon
open in Constanta, southeastern Romania, the first private
School of Gymnastics in Romania to function in Sala Tomis
Voinea said she was more than sure that very soon,
many former champions in gymnastics would take her example
and thus, the number of such schools in Romania will soon
go up. Camelia
Voinea plans to include Romania’s former members of
the national gymnastics team, Daniela
Sofronie and Catalina
Ponor, in her training staff.
[Jan 22] Alice’s
Adventures in Gymnastics
New York Times - New York,NY,USA
Wonderland is one loony labyrinth in “Lookingglass
Alice,” the Lookingglass Theater Company of Chicago’s gravity-defying,
if at times stubbornly earthbound, version of Lewis Carroll’s
19th-century children’s classics “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
and “Through the Looking Glass.” Adapted and directed by David
Catlin, it is now on stage at the McCarter Theater in Princeton.
[Jan 21] INSIGHT:
Romania: celebrating history at present
Sofia Echo - Sofia,Bulgaria
US Open and Roland Garos winner Ilie Nastase
and the Olympic champion gymnast Nadia
Comaneci are saluted by all citizens of the world,
as are the gymnastics coaches Marta and
[Jan 19] Network
showcases Olympic-style sports online
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
Talk about big shoes to fill. If its name
— The World Championship Sports Network — isn't grand enough,
consider the small, Los Angeles-based company's goal of becoming
a 21st century version of Roone Arledge's revered "Wide World
of Sports" program. So far, WCSN has signed up about
10,000 subscribers, who pay $4.95 per month or $49.95 per
year, to watch events streamed via the Internet. WCSN
has its own stable of announcers, including such former Olympians
as gymnasts Nadia
Comaneci and Bart Connor, track star Dwight Stone
and snowboarder Kevin Delaney.
Amazing Romania video, click here (5 min)
Official Travel To Romania Video (1 min)
video about Romania (school
[Jan 17] Courier Mail - Australia: Putting
gymnasts into a spin
TOUCH of Romanian gymnastics royalty has joined the QAS Chandler
program with internationally renowned coach Stephania Iliescu
keen to help Queenslanders achieve their 2008 Olympic dreams.
Iliescu has already had an impact with Beijing
Olympic prospect Amber Fulljames's beam routine being labelled
world class by national coach American Peggy Liddick. It will
be on show at the Sydney Youth Olympic Festival starting today.
[Jan 17] 14
countries set to compete in USA Gymnastics’ Tyson American
Fourteen countries will send gymnasts
to compete at the 2007 Tyson American Cup, one of the
world’s most prestigious gymnastics competitions, on March
3 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville,
Fla. The participating countries accounted for 31 medals at
the recent World Championships.
In addition to China and the United States, the
Tyson American Cup field includes world-class gymnasts from
Australia, Belarus, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico,
Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine.
[Jan 16] Power
outage stops gymnastics meet
Crawfordsville Journal Review - Crawfordsville,IN,USA
Opening night for the Crawfordsville and Southmont
gymnastics teams was started and then finished early as the
power went out at Southmont High School Monday night.
Crawfordsville gymnasts had finished all of their events while
McCutcheon had yet to do the balance beam and Southmont had
yet to do its floor routines.
[Jan 16] Gymnastics,
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[Jan 15] St.
Jude charity gymnastics tournament
The country's biggest charity gymnastics tournament
made its annual stop in Peoria this weekend. More than 2,800
participants from 7 states took part. It was all to raise
money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Organizers
say they hope to raise about $80,000 this year.
They say it's for an important cause - one important
enough for an Olympic gold medalist to show up. "I think it's
so awesome that all the proceeds go to St. Jude and everything,
so i was really excited to be here to help so many kids,”
said U.S. Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson.
[Jan 12] District
may eliminate ski, gymnastics teams
The Casper Star Tribune - Casper,WY,USA
Students, parents and coaches involved in the
Natrona County School District's alpine skiing and gymnastics
teams are crying foul over the possible elimination of the
programs and developing a game plan to try to save them.
A number of factors went into the decision including
low participation, the trouble finding coaches and cost. Dvorak
said the school board doesn't necessarily have to act on the
recommendation because it's not policy. However, the board
can chose to act if it desires. The problem isn't just in
[Jan 10] The
Toronto Town Crier Newspapers - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Pilates is so passé — take it up a notch
with Gyrotonic. Blending principles from yoga, gymnastics,
swimming, dance and Tai Chi, Gyrotonic
was created by a Romanian ballet dancer, and uses a
wooden jungle gym apparatus of wheels, weights, pulleys, harnesses
and a bench designed to increase mobility, strength and agility.
“It’s the next level up from Pilates,” says
Vivian Nickels of Body Matrix in downtown Toronto, one of
two certified Gyrotonic studios in the city. “It’s faster,
more rhythmical and it challenges the whole body from beginning
[Jan 10] UK
gymnastics offering free tickets to season opener against
Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville,KY,USA
Free tickets are available for the University
of Kentucky gymnastics team's season-opening Excite Night
against two-time defending national champion Georgia on Friday
at Memorial Coliseum.
Fans can pick up tickets at Lexington-area Fazoli's
restaurants. The event, which includes special activities
for children and Cirque du Soleil performances, will begin
at 6 p.m. The competition will begin at 7:15.
Announces Excite Night
[Jan 8] Plenty
of changes on tap for McCool
McCool's last meet was the Olympic Games
in Athens, Greece, where she was part of the U.S. team that
won the silver medal. After a debilitating wrist injury that
required two surgeries and had some wondering if she would
compete again, McCool finds herself in a very different
"I'm still getting used to college gymnastics,"
said McCool, who was grateful to hit the 5 feet mark after
standing 4-9 at the Olympics. "I'm not sure what competing
is going to be like."
Lacusteanu, Best Athlete of Hunedoara County
Lacusteanu, member of Romanian National gymnastics
Team, was named Hunedoara's County Best Athlete in 2006.
On January 31, Aluissa
Lacusteanu will get The Best Athlete of Hunedoara
Award during the "Gala of Hunedoara's Sport" hosted
by Deva Cultural Center.
Local county Sport department named Aluissa
Lacusteanu Hunedoara's County Best Athlete in 2006
for her results at European Championships (Silver with the
Team, Gold at FX, Bronze at BB) and Nationals (Gold with the
Team, Silver at vault, UB and BB, Bronze at AA.
[Jan 5] Ploiesti International Gymnastics Championships
Q: Can I please have the dates & location of the
2007 Romanian International ? Any information that you
could email would be most appreciative. Thank you.
A: 2007 International Gymnastics Championships: April
Valley Tribune - Mesa,AZ,USA: Why
# For starters, Americans are comfortable with
the number 10.
#Our mathematical system is even structured on
#We have 10 fingers on which to count and 10 toes
if things get hairy.
#We award first downs in football for every 10
#We have Ten Commandments to follow.
#We launch rockets with a countdown from 10,
make top 10 lists and
# we celebrate perfect 10s, as Nadia
[Jan 4] Octavian
Belu was installed as ANS President
Former Romanian Gymnastics main coach Octavian
Belu has started today to work in his new job as ANS (Romanian
Sport Agency) President. The Government just provided
the largest budget in Romania's history for the sport -but
still far from providing enough funds, because of the weak
economy and resources.
[Jan 4] Gymnastics
Audiocast Available Friday in Geaux Zone
LSUSports.net - Baton Rouge,LA,USA
BATON ROUGE – Fans can listen to the
LSU gymnastics team’s season opening meet at the Super Six
Challenge this Friday live online at www.LSUsports.net.
[Jan 3] State
high school swimming, gymnastics meets may be canceled
The Virginia High School League is threatening
to cancel this year's state gymnastics and state swimming
meets. To date, no school or facility has volunteered
to host the state gymnastics meet. So the VHSL put out notice
today to member schools that the meet won't be held this year
if a sufficient site, site director and staff don't make themselves
[Jan 3] Loudoun
Gymnastics Center to Host "Open Gym"
The Loudoun Gymnastic Center, owned and
operated by two former Chinese National Team gymnasts, is
hosting a free "Open Gym Play Time" at its state-of-the-art
facility between Jan. 12 and Jan. 14. Gymnasts are encouraged
to explore the center, meet the staff and find out about Loudoun
Gymnastics' recreational and competitive programs at the "Open
The full-service 10,000-square foot-plus
gymnastic and sports facility is owned and managed by a pair
of former Chinese National Team gymnasts, Ping Wang and Xiao
Kui. They have designed the center to include trampolines,
a tumble track and the ever-popular foam pit. Programs start
for children as young as 18 months.
like a good idea for Romanian gym clubs,too]
Comaneci Voted Athlete Of The Century In El Mundo Deportivo
/ Former Romanian gymnast Nadia
voted the athlete of the century by the readers of Spanish
newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, according to a poll carried
out on the occasion of celebrating 100 years since the foundation
of the newspaper.
29% of the readers'' votes and was followed by tennis player
Martina Navratilova, with 23%, and Steffi Graf,
after The Rose Parade with Nadia Comaneci
Rose Parade tradition continued this year and we had several
guests in for the actual parade.Unfortunately, this was probably
the worst parade I have seen in a long time, if not ever.
The floats were just not that spectacular (this is the consensus
of most of the usual parade attendees).
One of the Oklahoma floats had James Garner,
Johnny Bench, Shannon Miller and Nadia
Comaneci. I didn't recognize any of these people.
What an odd group to be on the same float. I mean we KNOW
Comaneci wasn't from Oklahoma (I have no idea on the
others) so why was she on this float? It wasn't a sports float
or a Rockford Files float. Bizarre, I guess these are the
only people Oklahoma could pay off to represent them.
[Jan 4] Oklahoma
shines in parade
[Jan 2] Floating
in Pasadena: State blossoms in Rose Parade
[Jan 2] Maybe
it's just me...
[Dec 31] Nadia
Comaneci at Rose Bowl Parade
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[Dec 31] Nadia
Comaneci at Rose Bowl Parade
Bowl Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and be shown on nine different
television stations, features an original score and dance
for its theme, “Our Good Nature,” the first-ever theme composition
in its 118-year history.
Oklahoma celebrities riding on the Unique
History float, created by Phoenix Decorating Company, include
Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench; Olympic gold medal gymnasts
Shannon Miller, Bart Conner and Nadia
Comaneci; Emmy Award-winning actor James Garner; Opera
star Leona Mitchell; legendary music artist Patti Page; former
Dallas Cowboys and three-time NCAA championship University
of Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer; Jack and Bill Thorpe,
sons of America’s greatest overall athlete, Jim Thorpe...
[note: Nadia's name should have been listed first, you
idiots!; she's The Sport Legend, the others are "just"
[Jan 2] Comments
after The Rose Parade with Nadia Comaneci
[Dec 30] Catalina's
return: a Romanian Gymnastics Fan opinion
completely agree with your assessment; it sounds like it would
be a bad idea for Catalina
Ponor to return--most of all because it sounds like
it would hurt team unity.
But in response to the "pigs will fly" conclusion,
I recall another statement I read somewhere a few weeks before
Worlds: "China? yeah, right :-)))" ;-)
Just think about it: Maybe the return of Catalina
Ponor would be just like that of Haley in the movie
"Stick It." Picture this: Catalina steps
[Dec 30] Fans
The Romanian Gymnastics Team
[Dec 29] romanian-gymnastics.com
Gymnast of the Year: Sandra
Romanian gymnastics Fan's Award: Floarea
Man of the Year: Nicolae
Most Ambitious Gymnast: The Athens Olympic Queen,
Lifetime achievement: Matei Stanei (Catalina
gymnastics event coverage:
10 pentru alte civilizatii", 2pages/ Onciu Camelia
for Monitorul Brasov
Best (Romanian & world!) gymnastics analysis:
e gimnastica?", Dan Claudiu Tanasescu for "Tricolorul"
Article of the Year:
Forminte, asteptat la cotitura" -Tiberiu Stama
Sports Journalist of the Year:
Cristian Roman, (former) journalist Gazeta Sporturilor
Website of the Year:
the new Prosport
website: nice new look, easy to navigate, read, find news
Book of the Year:
secrets of a Gymnast" by Andrei Nourescu
Best Romanian gymnastics 2006 competition Report:
Gymnastics Championships Report by Andrew
Kerr, Atlanta, USA
Photo of the Year:
Champion" by Doina/Aarhus, picturing Marian
Dragulescu's image on the scoreboard of Aarhus W.C. and the
giant Romanian flag displayed
Video montage of the Year:
10" by Shanfan ( Heather Gibson), Memphis,
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.