[Nov 29] Gymnastics
fans comments over stupid Belgian/SID article
I think it's too early to jump to conclusions.
Isn't it interesting, if the quotation is true, that Belu
and Bitang would jump to such as "One day we'll hear our girls
had group sex". Where does that come from!? With so much drama
surrounding Romanian gymnastics one would expect a little
bit more patience.
Ponor has never said that she was planning to pose nude.
What is the matter with everyone? Khorkina has posed nude
and the Germans didn't write an article about how sad that
was. And they are ones to talk about programs falling apart.
The Romanian program survived a revolution and the defection
of all but their FX coach (Belu) and went on to dominate the
international scene for 15 years. East Germany joins back
up with West Germany and their woman's program ceases to be
competitive within months. And at any rate, Milo did what
she did because she was getting paid zilch by RGF for coaching.
No one but B & B got paid a living wage. It has been extremely
hard for former gymnasts to work as coaches in Romania which
is one of the reasons so many moved away and coach in the
US, France and Canada.
And frankly, the tone of the article didn't sound all that
sympathetic to me, more like "ha ha, you should have left
the dictators in place" instead of "isn't it sad that this
storied program with this long history of success is having
so much trouble right now." kinggirl
...and in any event the Romanians are pretty good at getting
their gymnasts into and through college. Amanar, Gogean, Milo,
Olaru all went to college and all have worked actively within
the sport since their retirement as coaches, judges etc. None
of the gymnasts referred to in the article have made a career
out of nude modeling - any of those who have posed for nude
shots seem to have done it only once and for the money before
moving on with the rest of their lives. doubledouble
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
The Romanian for the last 2 quads have done poorly individually
for the last to worlds and overall are very practical!!! The
majority of the team does the minimum to get by with decent
score, which is why they lost in Atlanta, which they performed
the same as they always did, just the US and Russia had a
better day of hitting all the big skills.
Look, 1997: Team gold, but can any of you name all six members
in 10 seconds...NO. Why, because the whole team doesn't stand
out. AA- no medal; Vault, gold and bronze, BUT the Phelps
is worth $H1T!!! and they were over scored, so I question
that. Beam, don't get me started. Kui, KHorkina, and Ludivine
Furnon (spelling). Ludivine was underscored, as was Kui (big
time). So maybe a bronze for Gogean. As for floor, Fair. BUT
WERE THERE ANY NEW FACES THAT WON AN INDIVIDUAL MEDAL...no!
Same for 2001, team gold, But had Raducan retired, no individual
Now in 2005, they get one individual medal, but had Daniela
Sofronie stayed... medal in the AA, and Floor. If there was
a team competition, I believe they would be top 3. Again,
if you disagree, name all the team members from 2001 in 9
seconds... YOU CAN'T!!!.
So a bunch of unknowns would have earned another team medal.
Everyone believes Belu was the best, I think he was another
Archiave (spelling) of Russia, who (if you have IG mag) would
see how he killed off other coaches so he could have all the
glory, common Archeiave, you can't be that good of a coach,
besides none of your personal gymasts were the back bone a
So with Belu gone, I think Romanian will produce more artistic
gymnasts. Remember Alexandra Marinescu? She had big skills,
but since she was from the Bucharest Team, Belu took her out
of the AA a few times and put her on the back burner, I am
sure there are other gymnast out there who come from Alexandra
gym, but have been ignored because of Belu.
Romania's priority is winning gold a big competitions, that's
why they skipped the 2002 Euro team comp. They have done this
before. Imagine if they try real hard, you think in 2008 everyone
will be like "Romania is good, after all they are the 2005
team champs" ...NO. No one cares who won worlds the year after
the Olympics, It's mainly scavengers, which is how khorkina
picked up to AA titles (except 2003, the best).
I am not degrading Khorkina or the Romanians, I am just explaining
their tactics. So, everyone get off your high pony, Romanian
cannot be judged by this one competition.
I am not saying that they will be the 2008 Olympic Champs,
but they are not doomed because of Belu. Don't forget, programs
peak at different times (EXCEPT FOR CHINA, they will never
peak, or hit when it counts.
P.S. Whoever thought china would be awesome at this worlds
cuz of the Asian Games is as $tupid as the people who base
their World/Olympic predictions on the American Cup. Both
competitions are fixed!!!!! Nuff Sed!!!! JUDGING 101
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