Romanian Gymnastics Gala, aka The 2012 Blogger's Awards - part 1

The "specialist" bloggers and honorary guardians of Romanian Gymnastics have again joined powers to find the best of Romanian gymnastics - gymnasts, coaches and moments. Because 2012 was the year of the Olympics, you will notice special categories that were introduced for the event of the year.
So, I give you the members of the jury:
Mihai from Fangymnastics - mastermind, logistics manager and nominee
Alina from Tare and gimnastica.net - activist, journalist and benefactor
Carmen from Romanian Gymnastics Fans - full time supporter and fan-movement organiser
Oana from Puzzle - pretty much the most knowledgeable person in Romanian WAG
and myself (the oracle of The Couch Gymnast as Brigid candidly named me)

As you will notice, one of the most positive things was that while the WAG team had a very strong core, in 2012 more young gymnasts were noticed and rose at the top in some of the categories.

On the not so bright side, the Romanian gymnastics is made of a handful of people. Especially in MAG the unanimity we reached, in the Olympic year nonetheless, is not a good sign.
And can I say YAY for Lacramioara Moldovan winning "WAG coach of the year"? What a lovely lady!

Each blogger gets to award a special "prize" to someone that he/she found worth mentioning outside the categories already presented. If I had to give a special thanks to someone this year, those would be Bellu and Bitang, for refusing to lose hope and continuing to fight for the reconstruction of Romanian gymnastics.

So here are the categories and their winners:

in Women's Artistic Gymnastics:

Best All Around Gymnast: Larisa Iordache
also nominated: Sandra Izbasa, Andreea Iridon, Andreea Munteanu

Larisa Iordache, Sandra Izbasa, Andreea Iridon, Andreea Munteanu

Best gymnast on Vault: Sandra Izbasa
also nominated: Larisa Iordache, Stefania Stanila, Catalina Ponor

Best Gymnast on Uneven Bars: Andreea Iridon, mostly because she can do things like this:
also nominated: Larisa Iordache, Diana Bulimar, Sandra Izbasa  

Best Gymnast on Beam: Catalina Ponor
also nominated: Larisa Iordache, Diana Bulimar, Andreea Munteanu

Best Gymnast on Floor: Larisa Iordache
also nominated: Catalina Ponor, Sandra Izbasa, Diana Bulimar

Most Consistent Gymnast: Diana Bulimar
also nominated: Catalina Ponor, Sandra Izbasa

Breakthrough Star of 2012: Andreea Iridon
also nominated: Andreea Munteanu, Asiana Peng

Routine of the Year: Catalina Ponor on Floor in the Olympic Event Final
Catalina Ponor, medalie de argint la sol!
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also nominated: Sandra Izbasa VT EF London 2012, Catalina Ponor BB TF London 2012, Sandra Izbasa FX Bucharest friendly meet July 2012

Coach of the Year: Lacramioara Moldovan
Lacramioara Moldovan (right)
also nominated: Mariana Bitang, Octavian Bellu, Adela Popa

Best Junior in the National Team: Andreea Munteanu
also nominated: Stefania Stanila, Anda Butuc, Silvia Zarzu

Best Young Hope: Andreea Iridon
also nominated: Asiana Peng

Best WAG Club: CSS Deva
gymnasts from Deva at 2012 Romanian Nationals

also nominated: Farul Constanta, CSS2 Bucuresti

Fair-play Gymnast of the Year: Diana Bulimar
Larisa Iordache, Octavian Bellu and Diana Bulimar 

also nominated: Aliya Mustafina, Sandra Izbasa

Best International Gymnast of the Year: Aliya Mustafina
Aliya Mustafina

also nominated: Viktoria Komova, Gabrielle Douglas

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