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Monica Zahiu selling her medals...at Kensky Show

[Dec 03] Monica Zahiu and Maria Olaru were the guests of "Kensky Show" , aired by Romanian Prima TV station earlier today. The today edition was called "Glory pass away, people remain." Monica received, during the show, from a famous (Constanta based) senator, Dorel Onaca, through the Prima TV station, the amount of $1,000 , as a special incentive, to help her change her minds and not selling her medals (the package includes 29 medals, 6 cups and other trophies. It *costs* 15,000 Euro, and the most valuable is her 1995 Jr. Euro bronze medal.).

During the show, another fan of Romanian gymnastics have offered like $100 (according to his own possibilities) for one of her medals, but Mona denied the offer. The fan said that he was very impressed by a TV story aired few weeks ago, when Monica has appeared at prime time news program, in a live interview, speaking about her financial difficulties and her hard decision to sell all her medals, hoping to raise enough money to buy a small, single bedroom apartment.

Asked about her earning from gymnastics (such very personal questions are still common from some unskilled TV reporters), Maria Olaru said that "I've earned as much as I can have a decent life".

  Maria Olaru gave to Monica some suggestions: "She can teach lessons at a local fitness club, at gymnastics club." Monica replied that young people are paid very low, like $30 a month, part-time, and she can not support her and her baby from this.

  Maria Olaru: "It was better for you if you just could finish your school, at least the high school. I have a lost of other classes, besides my University degree, and I still feel like I need more diplomas to succeed in life".

  Maria Olaru:"If a child does not want to make efforts for achieving top results, you can't do much about ."

Zahiu:"These medals (she came at show with all her medals) are my 9-years work in gymnastics."

The man who was invited as a gymnastics fan said: "It looks to me that this is a terrible thing for Romanian people, that a former champion have to live like this. I can't blame Monica, but it's partly her fault, too, because she didn't finished her school (high school).

Does the Glory deserve any sacrifice? asked the host of the show.
"Within some limits" said some guests.
"Yes, deserve any sacrifice"-said former champion Maria Olaru, continuing: "Life itself is a competition and we have to be winners".
Monica Zafiu: "...for me it doesn't matter any more." Sad, but true.

[Jan 09] Monica Zahiu : Mariana Bitang use to call us 'vaci medaliate'... "
    Prima TV station have aired a replay of their previous "Kensky" TV show.
Our previous Report on this was referring only to the second part of the show, the one which our contributor was able to see after being alerted. (The Prima TV station is the only one there which does not have a next night/day replay on their programs).
   This time, we were able to see the first part, to be updated later this week. Basically, Monica Zahiu said that Mrs.Mariana Bitang (which, no surprise, denied the invitation made by the show host) use to call the girls from the National Team, back in '90's, with names like "vaci medaliate"-like "meddled cows", "taranci cu calciiele crapate"and so on.
   We just wonder (like Monica in that show) if Mariana Bitang use same kind of language with her own Son or "Stepdaughter"?


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