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Beijing 2008
Steliana Nistor
Sandra Izbasa
Alina Stanculescu
Loredana Sucar
Roxana Stan
Daniela Druncea

Elena Chiric*
Floarea Leonida*
(*returned for Worlds)

2007 Seniors:
Aluissa Lacusteanu
Andreea Grigore
Andra Stanescu
Madalina Gutu
Ana Maria Tamarjan
Adriana Tamarjan

2008 Seniors:
Cerasela Patrascu
Alexandra Ghita
Andreea Acatrinei
Gabriela Dragoi

Nicolae Forminte(main)
Liliana Cosma
Catalin Daniel Meran
Marius Razvan Vintila
Lucian Sandu
Raluca Bugner

Marius Berbecar
Adrian Bucur
Ovidiu Buidoso

Cosmin Iancu
Alin Jivan
Flavius Koczi
Florin Nebunu
Bogdan Orzata
Cosmin Popescu
Daniel Popescu
Dan Potra
Razvan Selariu
Robert Stanescu

Andrei Suciu
main coach Dan Grecu

Athens 2004
Catalina Ponor
Daniela Sofronie
Monica Rosu
Alexandra Eremia
Oana Ban
Silvia Stroescu
Andreea Munteanu

coach:Octavian Belu
coach Mariana Bitang
coach Nicolae Forminte
coach Lucian Sandu

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[Oct 30, GMT 22,30] Exclusive!-exclusive!

Halloween Special: Midnight (Romanian time) exclusive Predictions
Kerry will win the U.S.elections, Basescu (opposition candidate) to win Presidency in Romania, Catalina Ponor and Monica Rosu will retire next year, main coach Octavian Belu will retire from Deva too, Oana Ban will have a fiancee by next April and Andreea Raducan will get engaged next year. Romanian team will get the Gold in Beijing and also the largest medals number ever...(Report)
Visit our Forum and vote for the scariest (gymnastics) Halloween mask (choose between Karoly, Goreac, Belu, Mariana...)

[Oct 27, GMT 21,30]
Powerful (like Mercalli 7) earthquaqe hit Bucharest
Romanian allnews TV station Realitatea aired a live Report from Vrancea region, where the earthquake have started (all of them have the starts in this region, deep at more than 150 km and go up to surface, arriving in 25 second in Bucharest) . The specialists have estimated the power to be more than 6 on Richter scale...(Report)

[Oct 26] Belu interview at TVRM
Monday evening, Octavian Belu was the special guest in a live program at TVRM, a Romanian TV station owned by the largest private University in Romania (Spiru Haret). (Report...)

[Oct 26] "The Youth's Superlatives"
Only the last 5 minutes of the ceremony was about gymnastics. Catalina Ponor, Monica Rosu (the only one wearing skirt, the other girls used paints) and Silvia Stroescu, all wearing black color, along with coaches Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang have attended the show. All were dressed in black color (which seems to be Belu's favorite color).

[Oct 24] Nadia Comaneci, remembering her legendary career
Nadia Comaneci
will remember and speak about her amazing gymnastics career, during a TV show Romanian Television to be aired Friday in Romania.
Despite her present (and successful) life in US, Nadia is and will remain a Romanian-born Legend. Maybe it doesn't matter where she lives now or where she was born-many of us, gymnastics fans, feel like she is a World Citizen and, to all of us who saw her back in '76, she will remain The Legend, The Princess of Gymnastics and...of our hearts.You can't talk about gymnastics seriously without starting with her name, you can't imagine how gymnastics would be without her-or if gymnastics could be the same if we weren't so lucky to have her.Bravo Nadia!, Multumim, Nadia!

[Oct 24]"The Youth's Superlatives"
Oana Ban and Silvia Stroescu will be awarded at "The Youth's Superlatives" -an annual Award Ceremony and a TV show. (Report...)

A Romanian University TV station, TVRM, owned by the largest private University (around 60,000 students) and with national-and European also-coverage, aired Sunday morning a one hour program featuring gymnastics.
Interviews with coaches Octavian Belu and Dan Grecu of the national gymnastics teams, members of the team and some interesting interviews and inside shots from Bucharest Dinamo gym Club.(Report)

[Oct 17] Powerful, rare tornado, hit Deva
A powerful tornado have hit Deva city, home of the Olympic team, earlier this afternoon. Fortunately, the team leaders Catalina Ponor and Monica Rosu, along with Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang, are in Bucharest, (the less-powerful storm will arrive there too, next hours) where they can reach easier the competitions (than traveling back and forth from Deva, 400 miles away and bad train connections). (click Report)

[Oct 16] Nicu Ceausescu (son of former dictator) about Nadia
Romanian independent TV station "OTV"have aired last evening, during their program called "Testimonyes about past" , an interview with Nicu Ceausescu, the son of former dictator Ceausescu. During the program, aired Friday at midnight, the Spanish TV reporter have tried to ask about Nicu Ceausescu's love affairs (he was most known by the Romanian people being as a playboy-type, many legend being spreads across the country).
Nicu answered that most stories are not trues, only legends and "to finish with this part, I have to tell you that I will not answer any more to personal questions".
A good reporter have to do his best to get the answers, so the Spanish journalist try again soon, asking Nicu Ceausescu about his relationship with Nadia Comaneci...(click for Report)

[Oct 15] Simona Amanar, in a TV show
Simona Amanar was one of the special guests, invited at a Romanian TV show, called "70's " , a weekly program about most interesting things which have happened during 70's years.Aired Friday evening (prime time), this weekly edition was dedicated to personalities like Elvis and Nadia Comaneci and her first "perfect 10" at Montreal Olympic games.

[Oct 13] Review on "Leon"magazine
We have received from Germany a short review on Ponor and Romanian gymnastics at Athens coverage. (clik for updated review)

[ Oct 12] "Queen of Athens" will meet The Prince
Catalina Ponor (and her coach Octavian Belu) will be tonight the special guest of Prince Albert de Monaco, which is the host for a Reception (with CIO President Jacques Rogee among guests).
Catalina Ponor was also the special guest star of the "Sportel 2004 Expo", the biggest sport TV show (where TV stations and clients from around the world sell/buy the rights to broadcast major competitions). At the International Gymnastics Federation's stand Catalina Ponor was helping FIG to promote gymnastics competitions among TV stations. She also made some demonstrations at balance beam hours ago. Catalina Ponor arrived in Monaco's top luxury hotel Loews Grand from Belgium, where she has performed in a gymnastics show (for a 4000 Euro fee, like $5000) at Liege.

[Oct. 11] Catalina Ponor, in "Leon " magazine
"Leon", a German gymnastics magazine, have just released the issue featuring Athens Olympics. Subscribers have started to receive their copies at the end of last week.
Our forum member, Martina Eggeling from Germany, send us a scan with Catalina Ponorarticle and photos, with some excerpts from articles, too.
Unfortunately, it is printed in German version only, but still interesting since this seems to be the first gymnastics magazine coming out of press since Athens. (click for review)

[oct11] Maria Olaru has changed her car... and delayed her US plans
Maria Olaru have (finally) sold her old For Kia car and bought a WW Golf 4 with help of a friend. After she has announced back in August, that she want to leave for US, now she made some changes in her plans. Or at least, there are some delays. For the moment, she started her new job, teacher assistant at Timisoara sport University and also preparing a Master Degree in Sport Management. Maria also started to redecorate her apartment, to increase the sale value, for the moment she will sell it before leaving.

[oct 10] Deva, with B&B- summary of the TV broadcast-photos included
Octavian Belu: "I have spent at Deva 24 years and a half"; "local people are very nice, I like that they keep their promises".
"Deva gymnastics school have benefited from being isolate: we could focus more on our work, we were closer to local community leaders and our day-to day problem's were solved much easier and faster" (than in a big city) -click for Report

[Oct 10]
Chile will have better gymnastics, too!
Nicolae Forminte, member of coaches team at Deva, is in Chile to teach at national coaches Academy.
He told us that was not decided yet which girls goes where for the next competitions, starting at the end of this month, excepting Catalina Ponor, which left with Octavian Belu to France this week).

[Oct 09] Toyota cars for Belu and Bitang
Romanian Olympic team coaches Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang have recheived, each one, a Toyota Corolla car.T
The prizes were given by the Romanian insurance company ARDAF, which have celebrated 12 years since the company has launched.(Report)

[06.10/ GMT 17,10] Oana Ban will think about...
Q.: Oana, how are you?
Oana Ban: Fine, just arrived at Internet caf.
Q.: Romanian National television said that they will have later a story about your today meeting with Belu and about your possible return to Deva...(Report, click here)

[06.10] Octavian Beluasked Oana Ban to think about return
Romanian national television have aired an interview with Belu, taken earlier today at a reception (see report coming later) in Cluj. He answered to a question about Oana Ban (which lives in Cluj but was not present at Reception), saying that he a
sked her to return at team.
"She have promised to me she will think about"-said Octavian Belu about Oana Ban's return. "It depends about the way you (he means Oana Ban) understand that Glory and money are both ephemeral"

[06.10/ 17,00GMT] Oana Ban, back to Deva ?...

Reports from Romania says that minutes ago, Romanian state television have announced that Belu have had today a long discussion with Oana Ban and tried to co
nvince her coming back to Deva. Our sources advised us earlier this afternoon about some private talks between Belu, Mrs.Bitang and Oana (they were both in Cluj, Oana Ban's hometown) , but Oana have denied to www.romanian-gymnastics.com any serious intention for a come back. Will check again with our local contacts and hope to post a Report by 19,00 GMT.

Silvia Stroescu at home
Our previous made interview with Silvia was updated with some exclusive photos, taken Sunday afternoon, at her Bucharest residence.
(click for photos)

Silvia Stroescu, first interview-at-large
www.romanian-gymnastics.com: Ready for going to University?...
Silvia Stroescu: yes, tomorrow (sept 29) will go at both Universities to check my schedule.
Q: both?!..
Silvia Stroescu: Yes, I am a student at National Sport Academy and also at "Spiru Haret" University (the largest Romanian private university), where I will study psychology.
Q: And, you want to become a...? (click for interview)

[28.09] Ask Silvia Stroescu
To our forum members: you may post now yours questions for Silvia Stroescu, in our Forum.

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