Nadia Comaneci, Eremia and Leonida -welcoming Condoleezza
SofronieNadia Comaneci was the first person to welcome
Rice on her Bucharest arrival, half an hour ago.
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
The special guest have asked for a group photo with this
[Dec 6] Nadia
Comaneci, welcoming Condoleezza
Rice at Bucharest
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
also read the follow up EVZ article: Suntem
[Dec 6] Exclusive interview with Floarea Leonida
after the official delegation have left from the airport,
we had a small talk with Floarea Leonida, over the mobile
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
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
"She needed torture tips - she thought BB would
be there...." (Balabanov)
Embassy Press Releases
of State Condoleezza Rice And Romanian President Traian Basescu
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.