gymnastics fans opinions - The Letter of the Week
I'm a big fan of gymnastics and sports in general.
It's sad to hear all this stories of disappointed and injured
gymnasts due to "bad" coaches in Romania and of course in
other countries too!
I believe that you can achieve good results with hard work
and good coaching, for example Carly Pattersson, Domenique
Dawes are two good examples of that! Hopefully things will
be better now when B and B leave the country.
I have followed Romanian gymnasts since the days of Nadia
and I know a lot of girls who didn't reach their goals because
of bad coaches. We have got information about Melita Ruhn
and Rodica Dunca, how awful it was for them when Bela wanted
to take the title in Worlds 79. He didn't even allowed them
to drink water!! Is this the reason why Bela went to US? Obviously
he trained a lot of girls too hard!
romanian-gymnastics.com: Bela Karoly has faced
same "silent"opposition from late 70's Romanian
coaches, as Belu faced past years.
Coaches which instruct girl to...fall from the beam at trials
for the Olympic Team (to avoid their girls being taken by
ice-heart coaches who broke most of the girls sent to them
for next Olympics ( I mean from 20 girls not even 4 from the
Athens were healthy).
Local club coaches doesn't like when their 5-10 years hard
work is ruined by others, who take (with no shame) all the
credit for the work...and the benefits.Catalina Ponor was
a national Champion before being taken to Deva, later Cruela
said the girl "didn't know nothing when came at team".
After 11 years of work with her coach Stanei, I doubt Catalina
learned everything during her two years with B&B before
Olympics. They weren't able to learn her a decent UB exercise
and after Olympics they don't care much about her training
and drag her into scandals (by feeding tabloids with info
and by keeping the team in Bucharest, to enjoy the "high
life", rather than training at Deva.)
Drinking water: Belu also didn't let Marinescu to drink water
for three days (an orange only, if I recall correctly); it
reminds me about WW2 medical tests in Auschwitz, conducted
by (in)famous *Dr.* Mengele. He did the same, leaving prisoners
without water to make tests about how much can a pilot survive
(if dropped in Ocean and has no drinking water). This was
the first though (not the most pleasant for BB) that came
to my mind when heard about Marinescu's story.
The new IOC directives issued last week prohibit coaches from
using such abusive "training".
Our visitor is also asking yours help to get
info about a former gymnast, Anca Kiss. "She was a
very talented girl in the late 70s; Kiss was also training
in Deva at that time but no information about her though she
beat all of the Romanian girls in competitions in spring 1980".If
anybody can help him, send us a message
We received these info from a visitor:
"In 1979, before Fort Worth, we had a very talented young
gymnast in Romania named Anca Kiss," Karolyi said,
during a phone interview from Norman, Okla., where he is now
affiliated with several gymnastics programs. "Maybe with the
same talent or potential as Nadia. But I could not use her
because of age. She was 13 1/2, not even 14. The international
rules, I would not break. Her parents got very, very mad.
After I returned to Rumania, they moved her to another school,
and I lost her. It was not easy to lose someone like that."
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