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[Dec 6] Nadia Comaneci, Eremia and Leonida -welcoming Condoleezza Rice

Daniela SofronieNadia Comaneci was the first person to welcome Condoleezza Rice on her Bucharest arrival, half an hour ago.

Near Nadia, three other gymnasts- Alexandra Eremia and Floarea Leonida , also some athletes participating in the Special Olympics program in Romania, have welcomed the US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
The special guest have asked for a group photo with this atheltes "team".

[Dec 6] Nadia Comaneci, welcoming Condoleezza Rice at Bucharest
Dr.Condoleezza Rice, the US National Security Advisor, will arrive this afternoon in Bucharest for a three hours visit to Bucharest. She will meet President Basescu and sign an Agreement for some US bases in Romania.
At Otopeni airport arrival she will be welcomed by Nadia Comaneci and few other Romanian Olympic champions. It's a common practice for Condoleezza Rice to have local celebrities among the "welcoming" comities during her visits, says " New York Times" .

For Romanians: read comments over this news, including complains over the visa denial system at US embassy in Bucharest, on "Evenimentul" forum .
also read the follow up EVZ article: Suntem parteneri, respectati-ne!

[Dec 6] Exclusive interview with Floarea Leonida
Minutes after the official delegation have left from the airport, we had a small talk with Floarea Leonida, over the mobile phones.
r-g: Floricico, ("little flower"), Congratulations, we have seen you on airport arrival of Condoleezza Rice ; it was you, isn't it?
Floarea : Yes, we were there, along with Daniela and Alexandra, sitting nearby Nadia. It was something very special, everybody was so excited by this event.
r-g : What does Mrs. Condoleezza Rice told you?
Floarea : She told us it was nice from us to come, she didn't expected it and is a very nice gesture; she appreciate Romanian gymnastics.
r-g: Did they gave you a small flag or something to remember this historical moment for US-Romanian relationship?
Floarea: (laughing)...they gave us some small pins, minutes before the plane landing.
r-g: How the training going? Retirement?...
Floarea: No, no retirement, we all want to go on for next year. Speaking for myself, I want to go for Beijing.
r-g: Thank you and Good luck to you and your teammates, Good Luck Romania!

 Quote of the week- why did Rice come to Bucharest?
"She needed torture tips - she thought BB would be there...." (Balabanov)

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