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[Dec 30] Catalina's return: a Romanian gymnastics Fan opinion  

   Catalina's return:"Stick It /Again!/ Catalina's Revenge"

   Regarding your previous story:
[Dec 13] Catalina Ponor wants to return at Romanian gymnastics team  

   I completely agree with your assessment; it sounds like it would be a bad idea for
Catalina Ponor to return--most of all because it sounds like it would hurt team unity.
   But in response to the "pigs will fly" conclusion, I recall another statement I read somewhere a few weeks before Worlds: "China? yeah, right :-)))" ;-)
   Just think about it: Maybe the return of
Catalina Ponor would be just like that of Haley in the movie "Stick It."
   Picture this: Catalina steps into the gym wearing her street clothes, the girls currently on the team make catty remarks, Catalina makes cattier remarks, Catalina disrespects the coach, coach and Catalina both agree that Catalina needs to train at a separate gymnasium until she's back in shape and ready to play nice. Catalina begins to focus, the other athletes show their more vulnerable sides, and tears are cried. Catalina takes the girls out for a night on the town (with the help of two cute guys), friendships are born, and the team unites as one to become gymnastics rebels who turn the sport upside down!    Actually, yes, pigs will fly.


  Catalina Ponor is a very ambitious gymnast, one of the most ambitious Romanian Gymnastics has vere had and if she really, really want this, she can do it!
   However, for the team unity and the new politics of Romanian gymnastics team (having 4-apparatus, longer careers gymnasts)... I'm afraid "Her" era is gone. For ever.
   If she was serious about return, she wouldn't have had filled the forms for the monthly pension at all.
   She has started the discussions about being injured-when the Team really needed her badly this year for Worlds...then suddenly she... was healthy again (?) enough to train for a $$how in Japan, then again..."injured" (our distance diagnosis: too bored to train hard again, even for a show) means for us she haven't made her minds, but still wanting the top of cream from both "worlds": being on top, as a successful gymnast and being also a tabloid-star one. She can't have both.

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