1st] Today is the National Day of
Nadia Comaneci, husband Bart and some of their US friends,
including famous actors (like Burt Reynolds receiving some
of Nadia's "cooking talents"- a traditional Oriental
salad) and other US stars, during a Romanian ProTv special
program, (aired at 15,00 local time); also local Telesport
station will broadcast a documentary about gymnastics, see
[Nov 30] Happy Name
Day Andreea...Chelaru, Raducan
for the interviews, click
[Nov 28] Belu want and hope to stay (& work) in
In a statement for Romanian (state) national television TVR1,
Octavian Belu said (smiling) that he want to "catch"
the new elections, in 2008, still in Romania and to vote in
his country, not abroad."Because we still have a lot
to do here, at home". This is a direct hint that he (and
Mrs.Bitang, which was also present at the interview taken
near a voting center earlier today) want to remain the coaches
of the Olympic team.
[Nov 28] Belu & Bitang new contract,
may be concluded this week
Belu and Mariana Bitang will discuss Tuesday the new contract
with the Romanian Olympic Committee. In a statement for Romanian
all news channel "Realitatea" aired Sunday afternoon,
Belu said that, both him and Mrs. Bitang, does not have special
requests from R.O.C. and did not asked for any special financial
conditions from them. Previous contract (which have started
back in 2002 and ended last month) gave to Mrs. Bitang $1200
and to Mr.Belu $2000/monthly, according to our sources. We
expect a slightly increase in these values, for the new contract,
due to the good score at Athens Olympics (10 medals for Romanian
gymnastics, see detailed
medal count here)
Top Gymnasts, Good citizens
voted in Bucharest
Silvia Stroescu voted in Bucharest
romanian-gymnastics.com: Silvia, glad to hear that you have
Silvia: yes, it's our duty as responsible citizens.
Silvia Stroescu about elections,
[Nov 29, 13,30 GMT/ Voting Day]
Oana Ban just voted in Cluj, one hour ago.
Oana Ban about elections, click
Good Luck, Romania!
[Nov 27] Among Romanian gymnasts, Oana Ban
(in Cluj), Silvia Stroescu (in Bucharest) and Oana Petrovschi
(in Deva) have confirmed, for romanian-gymnastics.com, that
they will go to (their first) vote tomorrow, Reports expected
from Cluj and Bucharest.
Due to all our team (free) support for elections, back in
Romania and in US, too (monitoring Romania events for US media)
our news coverage will start again Tuesday.
[Nov 27] None of the girls from the
Olympic team has the minimum (18 years) age required by local
laws to vote tomorrow, Octavian Belu told to
romanian-gymnastics this afternoon, during a phone interview.
Only the coaches, including Mr.Belu and Mrs.Bitang, will go
to vote tomorrow.
[Nov 15] Marius Urzica- (pure) Gold medal from R.O.C.
gymnast Marius Urzica (in the middle, photo at right)
received today a (pure, massive) Gold medal from Romanian
Olympic Comiteee, as a reward (and compensation) for his good
evolution at pommel horse during Athens Olympics. In the eyes
of former President of R.O.C., Mr.Tiriac, Urzica is the true
winner of the pommel horse final, and Tiriac made
the promise (click for Report) of giving him a real gold
medal, Olympics-alike, right after the Athens games.
[Nov 12] Happy Birthday, Nadia!
Nadia in a Romanian TV advertisement, promoting the natural
milk consumption, especially for girls/women's (useful for
bones structure and preventing some diseases).
posing as a Japanese-alike...just before her departure
(see our Gallery)
[Nov 11] Nadia's book "Letter to a young gymnast"-
arrived in Romania
book was translated to Romanian language and can be bought
now in Romania from libraries and online
(the review in local language can be also seen there).
Foreign readers, who may also need this (Romanian language)
edition, or Romanians living abroad, can buy the book from
The original English edition, still available on Amazon
, where you can see the review and readers opinions, too.
Andreea Chelaru fan mail and new bank details
Some of you have requested us to find Andreea Chelaru address
to send her Christmas cards or supporting letters. Here is
Miss Andreea Chelaru
str. Celulozei, bl.5, apt.1, city Zarnesti ,
judetul (county) Brasov, zip code 2223
The Romanian banking system have changed all the numbers last
month, due to new coming European Union integration. Her new
bank account numbers are: Romanian Commercial Bank, Zarnesti
Branch (Sucursala Zarnesti). Account owner: Andreea Chelaru
for Romanian currency: RO 09.RNCB.184.000.000.833.000.1 (lei)
for Euros: RO 52 RNCB 184.000.000.833.000.3 (Euros)
For US dollars, or any other currency, just use the Euros
account number and, upon receiving any foreign currency, a
temporary new sub-account will be opened, by bank courtesy.
We also heard that during following days, a Romanian medical
commission will take a closer, deeper look at all her medical
record and check with foreign colleagues about any possible
solution for another (new) operation and ways to fund it,
both privately and from State funds. As soon as they can confirm
us the results of these actions, will let you know.
[ Nov 09] Tora! Tora! Tora!*
Oana Ban & Silvia Stroescu, going to Japan
girls will fly tomorrow to Paris (local fans, you may have
few hours to try your chances) and then to Japan, to attend
a TV show. Despite last few weeks two big earthquaqes, Oana
and Silvia didn't want to disappoint theirs local fans by
canceling their trip there and keep their promises. This afternoon
(local time), both girls made a special photo session for
romanian-gymnastics.com and also gave short interviews to
our staff member Adriana N., the head of our European Office
(which left for two days her University studies to meet the
girls in Bucharest, thanks) -see nearby photo, Adriana- right-talking
with Oana Ban this afternoon.
Oana and Silvia will be special guests of
a show on the TBS channel. It's called 'Sasuke'. The competitors
have to try and get through 4 stages of games, each stage
having a couple of events they have to get through successfully
to get to the next one. The first stage has 6 events to clear.
Andreea Raducan, also a guest of this show few years ago,
failed the second one called 'the rolling log'. She had to
hold on to a big log with her arms and legs and then roll
down a hill. She couldn't manage to hold on and fell into
(Tora! was the Japan army slogan, before
attacks, back in 2nd WW; we think that "our" girls
will "conquer", once more, the hearts of local fans)
[Nov 07] You and romanian gymnastics-a new Gallery
We have opened a new gallery
section, "You and Romanian Gymnastics", where you
can upload (after registering) you fan photos: your drawings
with/about Romanian gymnastics, wallpapers, yours photos with
you and team members, photos with your room walls decorated
with posters of girls, (maybe you in the middle, if you want),
you & a gymnastics magazine cover with one of our girls,
you wearing one of our "Go for Gold" fan
T-shirts or anything else which may be considered a fan photo.
Pending admin approval, these photos will be displayed in
our Gallery. Please add some details about your photos, when
uploading them.. For
our Gallery, click here...
[Nov 06] Updated Silvia address
We have corrected the PO box number for Silvia; fan websites
which also use our news, (and already printed the number)
pls. make the correction, too. (Many thanks to Silvia's mother,
for setting the address and for helping us correcting the
[Nov 06] Silvia Stroescu new Fan Mail address
You can now write directly to Silvia Stroescu, using this
new (fan mail) address:
[update: this address is no longer valid]
[Nov 03] Ask a Champion
You have a question for a Gold team member? Use our new section,
"Ask a Champion", and we may help, as we did in
the past when we have used your questions for Oana Ban &
Silvia Stroescu (posted back then into our forum). Most interesting
questions and answers will be published monthly or included
into our future interviews.
To send us a question, click here
[Nov 03] Romanian Gymnastics Newsletter
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Gymnastics Newsletter, which may help you get in touch
with latest news from Romanian gymnastics. Latest news, important
site updates and many more, only in our Newsletter. Please
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by visiting the link. To subscribe, click
[Nov 02] New Gallery launched
You can now see more photos, with Andreea "working"on
the farm, in our new photo
Gallery , click here
[Nov 01] Oana Ban now have a fan mail address
You can now write directly to Oana Ban, using this new (fan
Miss Oana Ban
P.O.Box 78, Post Office NR 13
Cluj Napoca city
judetul Cluj (county)
zip 40 0632
We suggest you may include a self addressed envelope and
a stamped voucher (coupon) if you want to ask for an autograph
or hope for a (short) reply. We can not guarantee anything,
she have to go to University and have a busy schedule. Her
older sister Andreea will help and assist her in sorting the
mail. Good luck!
[Nov 01] Andreea
Raducan at farm, in a (funny) Tv show
you may already know from our WebGymCalendar,
this evening in Romania was aired a weekly (funny) TV show,
"Come Mother and see me". (Report...)
[Oct 30, GMT 22,30] Exclusive!-exclusive!
Halloween Special: Midnight (Romanian
time) exclusive Predictions
win the U.S.elections, Basescu (opposition candidate) win
Presidency in Romania, Catalina Ponor and Monica Rosu will
retire next year, coach Belu retire from Deva too, Oana Ban
will have a fiancee by next April and Andreea Raducan will
get engaged next year. Romanian team will get the Gold in
Beijing and also the largest medals number ever...(Report)
Visit our Forum
and vote for the scariest (gymnastics) Halloween mask
(choose between Karoly, Goreac, Belu, Mariana...)
Stroescu at home
previous made interview with Silvia was updated with some
exclusive photos, taken Sunday afternoon, at her Bucharest
Stroescu, first interview-at-large
RG.com: Ready for going to University?...
Silvia: yes, tomorrow (sept 29) will go at both Universities
to check my schedule.
Silvia: Yes, I am a student at National Sport Academy and
also at "Spiru Haret" University (the largest Romanian private
university), where I will study psychology.
RG.com: And, you want to become a...? (click
Oana Ban interview, 2nd part...
R.G: What kind of music you like?
Oana: dance, house, generally speaking, music which is high
R.G: your first coach, Mrs.Rodica Campeanu, let you train
almost yourself? (because she trust you?)
Oana: Sometime, she let me see myself the training plan, and
let me do all the work in my own peace....(click
here for more)
Exclusive! Oana Ban, first interview-at-large ...
few days ago, Oana parents went to Deva to bring Oana some
clothes for the cold season. Some rainy, cold days make them
think the cold season may come sooner than expected and Deva
city is nearby a mountain region, which make the medium temperatures
being lower than most of the country. To their surprise, Oana
said to her coaches and parents that she want to quit gymnastics!...(click
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.