a must see: 2000 Euros - Event Finals

Although it may not have been the best day in the history of gymnastics commentary, it's interesting and entertaining.

Nadia calls Produnova's bars "nothing special". Of course Isarescu is "conservative" but clean :)
She seems to like Viktoria Karpenko much better... until she calls her "robotic" - on beam.

Bart is not much nicer either. "look at her bangs, is that like an airfoil?" referring to Karpenko's hairstile while doing a Shushunova on floor.

I liked the fact that they show a little bit of the juniors, with Stroescu and Cojocar dominating the event finals. And you are not going to believe what was Pavlova's specialty. Uneven bars junior champ!

Part 1: bars final, with Produnova, Martinez, Isarescu, Khorkina, Karpenko 
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Nadia is openly bored with Khorkina's routine "Not only she can close her eyes and see her routine, I can close my eyes and see her routine" bwahahahaha

Part 2: Vaults by Moya, Zamo and Amanar, Karpenko and Khorkina on beam
or here

part 3 - Amanar and Zamo on beam, Karpenko on floor
or here

Yes,  Bart just called Svetlana "one cool character".

part 4 - Ludivine Furnon, Andreea Raducan and Simona Amanar on floor
or here

I did believe that Raducan was technically better than Ludivine Furnon but really, the French gave one of the most impressive performances I have EVER seen in an event final.

part 5 - and a very energetic take on Carmen by Produnova:
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Romanian Gymnastics Gala, aka The 2012 Blogger's Awards - part 3

Other Categories:

Best TV Commentary: Christine Still & Mitch Fenner (London Olympics)
also nominated: Alina Alexoi & Ramona Micu (Euros WAG),  Shannon Miller (London Olympics), Alina Alexoi & Marian Dragulescu (Euros MAG)

Best Live Coverage: Blythe (the Gymnastics Examiner) & Bea (The Cough Gymnast) - Euros

I voted Blythe Lawrence for Euros and Olympics, her live blogging is out of this world.

Best Gymnastics TV Production in Romania: The Medal Factory

this was what went through my head when i read this: this is the third nomination and 2nd Bloggers Award for Bea. She has also been nominated in 2011 for .... (If only I hadn't been one of the judges LOL)

I think that the Review of the 2013-2016 Code of Points was the top article - the thing is Oana and Mihai co-wrote it so they couldn't vote themselves on first place, could they?
As per why all the articles nominated were written by the members of the jury... No comment :)

Let's go on:

Best Event of 2012 (in Romania): July 2012 Friendly Meet (ROU - GER - FRA - ITA) 

Best Aerobic Gymnast: Valentin Mavrodineanu

Best Rhythmic Gymnast: Alexandra Piscupescu

Most Emotional Moment of the Year: Sandra Izbasa's joy when discovering she has won the Olympic Gold  tied with the 4 Nathional Anthems we had to listen to during 2012 Euros
Emotional moment of the year

also nominated: Catalina Ponor on the FX podium at the Olympics and Viktoria Komova's FX routine and the wait for the All Around final results in London 2012

Biggest Surprise at the Olymics: Gold on Vault for Sandra Izbasa
also nominated: Sandra's 5th place finish in the AA competition, Jordyn Wieber not qualifying for the All Around final, Aliya Mustafina's Bronze in the All Around

Most Desired Accomplishment (prior to the Olympics) come true:  Romania medaling in the WAG Team Finals

London 2012 - bronze medal

also nominated: Beth's Olympic Medal, Gold on UB for Aliya Mustafina, Kohei Uchimura winning the MAG All Around

Gymnastics No Ceiling Award: goes to Bellu and Bitang for not giving up and always wanting "the best" for Romanian Gymnastics

Mariana Bitang and Octavian Bellu

2012 was a pretty good year!

Romanian Gymnastics Gala, aka The 2012 Blogger's Awards - part 2

Men's Artistic Gymnastics

Best All Around Gymnast: Flavius Koczi

Best Gymnast on Floor: Flavius Koczi

Best Gymnast on Pommel Horse: Flavius Koczi

Best Gymnast on Rings: Cristian Bataga

Best Gymnast on Vault: Flavius Koczi

Best Gymnast on Parallel Bars: Marius Berbecar

Best Gymnast on High Bar: Vlad Cotuna

Breakthrough Star of 2012: Daniel Radeanu
also nominated: Radu Paraschivescu 

Routine of the Year: Flavius Koczi Euros Event Finals - Vault

MAG Coach of the Year: Marius Urzica
Marius Urzica

Best Junior from the National Team: Daniel Radeanu

Best Young Hope: Rafael Szabo

Best International Gymnast: Kohei Uchimura
also nominated: Marcel Nguyen, Epke Zonderland

Fair-play Gymnast of the Year: Marius Berbecar
also nominated: Fabian Hambuchen, Phillip Boy, Flavius Koczi

Best MAG Club: CSS Lugoj

also nominated: CSS Resita, CSS Bistrita

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 - 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