[30.08]Special Olympic show
Tuesday evening, at 20,00, Romanian State Television TVR1
will broadcast a special program with all Romanian Olympics
medallists, including the gymnastics team.You can see it broadcasted
on TVRi (non-coded, free to view), or via Internet, at www.tvr.ro/webcast.
[30.08] Coming soon on Romanian-gymnastics.com
Belu & Bitang, their first interview-at-large
First time after their return from Olympics, coaches
Belu and assistant Bitang have answered to tens of questions.
For almost three hours, they have answered to (almost) all
important thing that concern now the world of Romanian gymnastics
fans.Yes, they have had received an offer (not from China);did
they expect such a success at Athens?What about Belu contract?
Their (real!) opinion about a private gym school in Romania;what
Belu really want now for him; their explication on China gymnastics
[29.08] La revedere, Atena! (Good Bye, Athens!)
We invite you all to post about The Best Moments (and
the worst, too)from Athens, in our Forum.
[29.08] Ponor and Sofronie, celebrated at Constanta
During an official ceremony, the Mayor of the Constanta City
have awarded cash prizes to Catalina Ponor (25 000 Euros)
and Dana Sofronie (20 000 Euros). Each one have received an
apartment in Constanta, too (a 70 000 value).
[28.08]Notice for our new Forum members
Some of our new forum members have been experienced difficulties
Home, sweet Home...
[25.08]Belu will remain in Romania
Back home, Belu said at the team arrival on Otopeni airport
that he "never heard about such an offer"...(click)
[23.08] Oana Ban, out of tonight finals
Again, Oana Ban will not take part into finals.Despite the
doctors gave the ok even for last week competition (AA finals),
our sources say that Oana still have big pains on her leg
and also is scared about consequences on trying to push her
luck. The problem at her leg is older and was just started
over again at the end of her floor exercise, during team contest.
Last weekend Oana was suffering a lot, physical and mental,
about not being in the AA final.She declined any media request
for photos (not ours, we didn't asked for) with her (taking
care of her leg or anything else).
She was trying hard to go for a medal this evening but the
final decision was up to her, coach Belu said he don't want
any more being under accusations of "pushing girls" into contest,
when they have medical problems. Our feeling (after seeing
her TV interviews and her very reserved attitude in answering
questions) was since last Friday that she will not compete
any more. Now, it's official, she is not listed for this evening.
ANALYSIS IN PROCESS
Athens, August 20, 2004 According to the announcement released
by the FIG late on August 19, President and IOC Member, Prof.
Bruno Grandi, invited his Executive Committee Members to attend
an extraordinary meeting, on Friday August 20, at 11:00 am.
At this meeting, it was unanimously decided that the FIG will
proceed to the immediate analysis of the Menís All-Around
(photo:A judge reaches out to help Paul Hamm, of the
United States, after he fell on the landing of his vault during
the men's gymnastics individual all-around final at the 2004
Olympic Games in Athens, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004. (AP Photo/Sasha
Zemlianichenko). Well, judges were very kind with him, way
too much, Koreans said.
[17.08] U.S. team smiles? Yeah, right...
ATHENS, Greece -- The U.S. women's gymnastics team spent
the moments after its disappointing second-place finish Saturday
afternoon trying hard to smile. With cameras
all around, Team USA was all smiles. But later, tears belied
their brave faces...(article)
[15.08] Andreea Raducan, interview with the President
During women's qualification contest in Athens, Romanian President
Ion Iliescu have come to support the Romanian team. Andreea
Raducan (which have had these days a very good start in her
new career as a TV journalist) made an interview with Iliescu,
to be aired tonight by Romanian TVR1. Andreea, backed by more
experienced Romanian TV anchors/journalist, seems to make
progress as a journalist, each day her comments getting better.
Romanian TV viewers have, for the first time, a good commentary
on gymnastics, with Raducan being a full-time (not just temporary,
like in the past with other gym stars) anchor during Games.
[19.08] Maria Olaru, looking for a buyer
Maria Olaru, member of the Sydney 2000 Romanian Gymnastics
Olympic team, is looking for a buyer. Her Ford car, the one
which she have received as a gift after Sydney success, was
seen on sale, in the largest trade fair in Bucharest. The
price requested was Euros 5800 (like $6500)...(story)
Athens: The "Celebrity Olimpics"
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is due to stay aboard one
of the dozen luxury cruise liners...
Ex US president George Bush will also rub shoulders
with the cream of European royalty including King Juan
Carlos of Spain and former King Constantine of Greece...
Athina Roussel, the 19-year-old heiress to the £2billionn
Onassis fortune, is also expected...
POP DIVA Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie have booked
rooms at the prestigious King George Hotel...
Fergie will also travel to Greece with princesses Beatrice,
15, and Eugenie, 13, to watch...(click)
[14.08] Bravo Nadia!
Comaneci have replied to Martha Karoly accusations of
being too much on the Romanian-gymnastics team side, that
she "likes them" (U.S.team) too, have good impressions about
them, but "my heart is in Romania" and "nobody can change
this". The Romanian state television have introduced the statement
at last evening news, with the ironically quote "Nadia have
(now) the obligation to speak nice about U.S. gymnasts, too..."
(Nadia, in the middle, at the opening of Romanian House
in Athens;in the middle,with glases,President Iliescu, at
right-Andreea Raducan;photo Rompres)
[14.08/ GMT 19,30]
EXCLUSIVE/ EXCLUSIVE: Days-off for Munteanu
Andreea Munteanu and teammate Leonida are in day-off,
until Monday, when they go back to training. In Munteanu case,
the doctor advised for a special program for recovery. Coach
Forminte have confirmed us directly few minutes ago that Munteanu
will not make the trip to Athens, because of her condition
(unless something very bad happen there, we may think). Leonida
is training for other two contests, following Olympics.After
Olympics, coach Belu have to choose between few different
places for recovery (but the Black Sea coast is almost sure,
[13.08/11,30GMT, updated 15,00 GMT]
Special Report from Bucharest
All Romanian gymnastics fans from around
the world have asked about "what happened to Munteanu?''...
After you saw her so happy of being selected, it's almost
a nightmare to go back to report about her...being left home.
These girls have had worked past 10 years like... few people
can understand, (exclusive Report,
[13.08] President Ion Iliescu will encourage the team
President Iliescu will arrive today in Athens for a 3 days
trip to encourage the Romanian Olympic Team, sources from
Presidential Palace said. Being a well known supporter of
the gymnastics team, a special separate meeting of Romanian
President with the gymnastics team is expected tomorrow .
Gymnastics is the most loved sport in Romania, since Nadia
have changed the history when she get her first 10 at Montreal
1976 Olympics. Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase is also
expected at Athens during Olympics.(photo:DAIS)
Stroescu at Olympics!
The Tv reporter asked "well, Silvia, never say
never, isn't so? She replied with a big laugh,"Yes, I
never thought I will be back so soon..."
(click here for Special
Athens Most Guarded Secret: We have it!
Olympic stadium to be flooded for opening
OLYMPIC stadium in Athens will be flooded with millions of
gallons of water for the Games' spectacular opening ceremony.
A lake will fill the arena of the 55,000-seat stadium for
a three-hour ceremony featuring state-of-the-art pyrotechnics,
puppeteers and hundreds of dancers (story)
About 40 construction workers (almost all of them, immigrants
from Eastern Europe) have been killed, at least two Romanians
among them, (Dumnezeu Sa-i Odihneasca!- "God Rest
them in Peace!") while working on the dozens of Olympic
sites throughout Greece. Just one worker died in the run-up
to the Sydney games in 2000.
[12.08/ 18,20 GMT]
I want my Sydney Gold medal back!
Last minute report from Athens says that Andreea Raducan have
asked officially the International Olympic Committee to return
her gold medal which she have won at All Around competition
[11.08] Tiriac, speaking again about Raducan
Raducan case at Sydney was an "execution", a "manipulated
case" -said Mr. Tiriac, President of Romanian Olympic
Committee and member of International Olympic Committee. In
a night show aired last evening at Romanian most popular television,
the OTV-television, was interviewed by the Romanian most famous
self-made businessman and journalist, Dan Diaconescu.(Bucharest
Report, click here)
[11.08] Raducan was, for sure, ripped off
Ion Tiriac, President of Romanian Olympic Committee,
have stated Monday evening, in a live, one-hour special program
at Romanian National television, that Andreea Raducan, member
of national Olympic team at Sydney in 2000, was, for sure,
ripped of by her Gold medal in All Around competition.(click
for story) Comments? visit our Forum
Andreea Raducan, first TV feature report
[11.08]"Bine v-am gasit!"("nice to meet you"), said Andreea
Raducan in front of TV camera, starting her first feature
report from Athens at Romanian National Television. Well,
being a reporter is something differently, as Raducan already
experienced from her very first interview. Knocking on the
door of Romanian Olympic Team , she experienced a little bit
of retain fro her former colleagues. "What do you have on
your hand? Asked, in a happy mood, Mrs.Bitang, the second
coach. (Raducan having the TV anchor microphone). "Wow, said
Raducan , you don't let me in now anymore?.. I'm still one
of yours!"... Well, Andreea, the feature reporter life is
not much easier than the one of a champion, except the champions
are always loved. Reporters are respected, at best....Good
[11.08] Nadia Comaneci: Catalina
Ponor for Gold!
"Even if we have a young team, I'm convinced we (Romania)
will make a good job at Athens.Catalina Ponor have big
chances for Gold, and also with the team I think will
get a medal.I will be nearby girls to encourage them" -said
Nadia Comaneci, the world's most famous gymnast, in an interview
for "Athens Olympic Games 2004", a special, largest circulation
ever (650 000 copies) supplement edited in Romania by the
local division of Ringier (the largest local editing house)
and distributed for free along with the Group newspapers.
Also men's gymnastic coach Dan Grecu said that Marian
Dragulescu have big chances for at least two medals.
Special Olympics-collectors edition!
[10.08] Wednesday, August 11, some of the most important
Romanian newspapers ("Evenimentul Zilei", "Libertatea", "Prosport",
"Capital") will distribute along their regular edition, a
special, free 32-pages supplement dedicated to Athens Olympics.
Romanian gymnastics fans may see the team, Olympics schedule
and TV program for Olympics.
[09.09] Special Olympics Program
Romanian National Television, TVR1, will have a special
program dedicated to Olympics, today, at 18,00 local time.
Romanian gymnastics fans from abroad may see it using the
television website, www.tvr.ro/webcast. Also we may expect
to see this special program on TVR International, which is
aired freely almost world-wide.
World's first in Bucharest:
The Olympics commercial
[08.08/ 19,30/ GMT 17,30] Few
minutes ago, Romanian TV station "Antena1" have
aired, for the first time (world exclusive), the Athens Official
The 4-minutes length video was made few weeks ago in Bucharest.
Pianist Maxine, the world's fastest, play a special melody
(remembering little bit of "Adeline" song ). All the images
are from Bucharest: old, (200 years) historical commercial
famous "Lipscani", the Free Press House, Covaci street-famous
for her old architecture.
Indoors were made inside "Sala Palatului"-the place where
former dictator Ceausescu used to keep his party conferences.
Monday, august 9, the movie will be aired first in Taiwan
where the pianist Maxine is said to have most fans; from Tuesday,
the movie will be aired by Greeks Televisions. Both music
and images are great to see and hear!
[08.08] Andreea Raducan at
Andreea Raducan will be in Athens as special guest of Romanian
National (State) Television, TVR, to make comments during
gymnastics events. You can see her, if you don't go to Athens,
by watching live TVRi (International) channel (available almost
worldwide, free of charge if you have you own satellite dishes),
or see on-line, on www.tvr.ro web site.
Belu will decide the team
in the last moment
Saturday morning, the Romanian Olympic team have had the last
test which it was considered to be the final and decisive
test for the team selection. Belu stated in his last interview
before leaving to Athens that the weakest points of this team
Octavian Belu:" Stability is what will count to get
a medal. Present Olympic team, no which ones will be selected,
don't have to " defend" any Olympic title, because
these girls didn't compete at Sydney.They have to compete
to get their own results, for their own Olympic titles (team
and individual).The will compete for themselfs, to gain the
results they want for themselfs, after such a long work."
Ponor: " The most important is the Team title
and Gold medal, after that we may think about medals in all
arround competition or apparatus."
[02.08] TVR 2 (Romanian 2nd
State television) have aired Sunday evening some nice images
with Romanian Gymnastic Olympic team, going for a horse ride
in a private Club near Bucharest. Belu went on a horse,seems
to be used to, but Mrs. Bitang was not seen doing this.
Ponor:"is very nice for us, after training, to
have some good moments here." Belu said to girls "you
should have no problems on a horse, you are used to keep your
balance at highs", but girls answered that yes, they
are used to keep their balance, but is more difficult on a...real
All girls looks happy, most of them spoke in front of cameras
and seems to be very confident.It seems to be the best team
for Olympics since '80's . In the meantime, all other Sports
programs of Romanian TV channels are stuffed with soccer,
as they just started the new season.They "remind"
about gymnastics, the most unanimously loved (since Nadia)
sport in Romania, only when they return with medals...
[31.07] Octavian Belu said,
in a TVR1/TVR2 (Romanian State Television) news program, aired
Saturday evening, that " Stability is what will count
to get a medal. Present Olympic team, no which ones will be
selected, don't have to " defend" any Olympic title,
because these girls didn't compete at Sydney.They have to
compete to get their own results, for their own Olympic titles
(team and individual).The will compete for themselfs, to gain
the results they want for themselfs, after such a long work."
Ponor (folowed by most important team members, their
names not mentioned by TVR,which said almost the same): "
The most important is the Team title and Gold medal, after
that we may think about medals in all arround competition
The Romanian Gymnastics Olympic Team:
Catalina Ponor, Oana Ban, Monica Rosu, Dana Sofronie, Silvia
Stroescu and Alexandra Eremia.
Men's: Marius Urzica, Marian Dragulescu, Ioan Suciu,
Razvan Selariu and Daniel Popescu. Good luck to all and...
Go for Gold!
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.