Mirela Neag of GSP has visited the Romanian national team at Izvorani. I don't know exactly when that happened but the article is dated August 26th.
She writes that in the three months since they have returned Bellu and Bitang have moved at Izvorani and that the team will train there after the Worlds as well but Deva will not be a desolate place because the juniors are still there, also the seniors will move there from time to time to break the monotony.
B&B on coming back after five years:"It is not hard to return to the job you love, that you do with pleasure. The only thing missing now is the free time i had before "Bitang confessed alo that they have basically have moved to Izvorani, where they live, including during the weekends." These girls are like children and need to be constantly monitored"
When I returned to gym I felt that I missed only one day. The job made for fun is something that you don’t forget, your reflexes formed in 25 years of work will never disappear " says Octavian Belu.
They both agree that much work is still needed and that the most important thing is that after three months all the girls are healthy, without major medical problems. "None is in plaster or with crutches" exemplifies Bitang."The gymnasts are now starting to hammer in a more intense working style, more rigorous," says Bellu.
I don't expect B&B to do wonders at the next Worlds, but I am positive they will have the best results that are humanly possible. Also, by keeping the national team at Izvorani they manage to maintain everything more transparent (see the unprecedented media coverage) also, by not keeping themselves isolated, they manage to remain somewhat happier, more relaxed... like they have a choice now, with Bucharest being so close.
7) Ferlito - beam from EF (this is from qualifications) or here
But the nice part is Komova will not allow us to get bored because with those scores, can we complain? I mean 61.000 in a competition outside the US internal scams and nationals? That is huge. Komova IS the best gymnast in the world right now; had she been the right age to compete at the worlds, she would have dominated the same way she dominates the YOG. Not only does she have huge difficulty (6.5+6.5+5.9+5.5) but her execution is almost flawless as well (9.2 for her Amanar, 9.1 on UB, 9.25 on BB and 9.05 on FX).
Our Diana Bulimar had a pretty good qualifying round, but too similar to the the Euros... It seems that her beam execution is not getting any better... She qualified fourth for the AA, 5th for VT, 3rd for UB and 3rd for the FX finals. So good, but not great. I personally am a bit perplexed about the way her beam set is pulling her backwards instead of becoming her strenght, because I know she can be great on beam:
This is at YOG:
And this is at Romanian International:
The team for the match against Great Britain has been decided:
Coaches: Liliana Cosma and Florin Cotutiu
So they have decided to send the gymnasts that need to compete more than anything else. Plus, they are keeping the best ones at home because Bellu and Bitang want them to show up at Rotterdam in a better shape than ever and to amaze us.
I have read two artlicles about this: one in Prosport containing the FRG’s press release and one in Gazeta Sporturilor.
From GSP, I found worth mentioning:
Mariana Bitang: „We will not send there the core of the team. The girls that have not competed so far are going. Saying that we are sending a team there is too much, it’s a presence to honor an invitation that was accepted before we came to the national team”
- The rest of the gymnasts will remain at Izvorani and will continue with the usual schedule of two training sessions a day
- The only time we will see B&B with the gymnasts will be the Nationals in September
- „Our aim is that at the nationals, in September, the gymnasts to show absolutely all the elements they know” – Mariana Bitang
- For Ana Porgras, who is slowly recovering according to Bitang, the objective is to show only two aparatuses at the Worlds in Rotterdam „We don’t want to force anything, our objectives are tied to London 2012 and we don’t want any more injured gymnasts by then”
I could not continue physically, the pains were strong. I tried to protect my left ankle, which had problems and put pressure on the tendon of my right leg. I ignored the pain, but I panicked when I could barely walk or go down stairs
Are you disappointed?
No, I tried, I had the courage to start all over. My return has attracted much negative criticism and I think now everything is quiet.
Do you have any regrets?
No. I gathered much satisfaction, because if someone had told me that I will get to learn new elements on uneven bars at 29 or that I get to do jumps better than in '97, I would have taken it as a joke.
You have been given as an example ...
I did not want to be seen as a model. The only thing that I wanted was that my ambition to help the younger gymnasts to continue to fight for their dream.
Another gymnast from Ploiesti retired, Tămîrjan...
I spoke to Ana and I told her that I would help her when she needs me. We can go together to the gym to exercise and hopefully, she will regain her desire to do gymnastics.
How is your life now?
With much rest and sports, I take golf lessons.
Will you continue your coaching career?
I stayed in the gym for seven years and a half and it's enough. I'll try to stay close to sports, but in another manner. I want to help the sport here in Ploiesti, to get involved more, to do something for the place where I started.
Gymnasts to control: Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang have started the tests with scores with the desire of shaping a team for the worlds. Izbasa cannot wait for her first contest and Octavian Belu reveals the aspects the Romanians will rely on: confidence and accuracy.
Today’s trial was also important for deciding the team that will take part in next weeks match against Geat
Belu: “for those who really had no contests or have stopped training for a longer period, such competition is a stimulant and it speeds up recovery ”
Izbasa revved up her engines and is ready for three apparatuses; Sandra has a new floor music and is ready for competition
Izbasa: “I want to keep my position as a leader, I am glad to see that girls listen to me, is an accumulation period”
Belu (about Izbasa): “is one of the few if not the only one who does not fall below a certain standard”
Irina Paun (and many more)