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Ana Georgescu from gymnastics to Zumba®

Ana Georgescu became a rhythmic gymnast when she was three. She was part of the Junior Romanian Olympic Team with over 30 Gold International and National medals won during her career. Ana continued as a professional dancer in two well known dance companies AEROS and Rhyth, mix, dancing on some of the most famous stages of the world, including on Broadway.

Becoming a Certified Fitness and Aerobics Instructor and also a Rhythmic Gymnastics Instructor was a turning point in her career. In 2011 she became a Zumba®Education Specialist and now she teaches Zumba® Instructor Trainings and presents at Fitness Conventions and Conferences around the world. Ana’s passion for dance and fitness inspires and motivates thousands of people to have fun while working out and heading towards a healthy and positive lifestyle.

  • How did you get into the gym hall?

Literally: My grandparents took me there when I was about 3yo and then years after years my they took care for me not get late or skip any training. I am so grateful to them! My aunt used to coach Rhythmic Gymnastics at CSS 1 Constanta when my parents and grandparents decided to sign me up for gymnastics so that I could grow in a harmonious way and to keep me away from TV and other distractions.  Nobody in my family thought I’m going to do it on a professional level, but I already had plans.

  •  How was the transition from Constanta to Bucharest? Did you basically have to start fresh with new teachers, new coaches, new colleagues?

It was a tough transition! First of all because when my parents told me that I’m going to move with them to Bucharest I wasted a lot of tears realizing how much I’m going to miss my grandparents but also because already at that point I couldn’t imagine my life without Gymnastics. Pointless for my parents to try to convince me that there are enough Gymnastics Clubs in Bucharest. Until I didn’t go to my 1st training at ANEFS Club (today  UNEFS) I didn’t trust them or maybe it was to difficult for me to process that . Starting with that training I realized what  hard work, drive and to exceed your own limits  meant. My father always smiles when he remembers those days’ conditional trainings and  the running laps around the stadium: “YOU WERE RUNNING AND CRYING.. RUNNING AND CRYING BUT NEVER GIVING UP!”

  •  You’ve been a member of the National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Can you tell me more about that period?

It was tough but beautiful. Same routine of two trainings a day, every day, in which you had to want more from yourself and achieve that trough every repetition of every exercise, every routine, each and every ballet class, or body conditioning session was not easy. Living in a camp along with my teammates who were like my sisters brought both tears after exhausting training days, injuries or days when we were just missing our families and happiness when we were running all over the hotel that we were staying in, laughing till we were getting stomach aches.  That intense period of time made me so much stronger. I have so many memories and stories to cherish from those times.

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  •  Which are for you the most precious medals won in Rhythmic Gymnastics?

Every medal I ever won was important. Either National or International, the tougher the competition the bigger the satisfaction after the award ceremony. If I have to name one though that would most probably be my 1st All Around National Gold medal won when I was about 9 years old.

  •  Why did you make the change from Rhythmic to Aerobic Gymnastics?

I will not get into details since I tend to become a little bit emotional and sentimental about this topic but a short answer is because my chances to grow as a rhythmic gymnast were extremely limited.

  •  Which one of this Gymnastics did you love the most?

I liked a lot the Aerobic Gymnastics because it challenged me. I had the chance to train along with the European and World Champions and this helped me learn a huge lot and step out of my comfort zone but deep down in my heart I’ve always been a Rhythmic Gymnast. Rhythmic Gymnastics has been, is and most probably always be my dearest sport.

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  •  Which is your most important medal in Aerobic Gymnastics?

The third place at the 2009 Aerobic Gymnastics Open Cup/ Timisoara.  It meant so much more to me since I won it  while being injured and that being my last competition.

  •  What do you regret the most regarding your entire career as a professional athlete?

It is a process that I am still working on but I’m trying not to regret anything. I am grateful for each experienced lived either good or bad.  Grateful for each injury or disappointment because the sum of all these experiences made me who I am today. Was my career exactly the way I dreamt it will be when I was 7? Not really but I wouldn’t change a thing. I gained dear friends, memories, lots of medals and a character that can be formed only in the gym  (this being both good and bad).

  •  Why did you end up your competitional life? How did you get over this?

I ended it up because I had a lot of pains and injuries. It’s almost impossible for gymnasts to get to an elite level without sacrificing their health at all but we all are doing it knowing what the repercussions are and hoping that everything will pay off at one point. I retired  because that hope was lost and because I realized that some sacrifices just weren’t worth doing anymore.

How did I get over that? There are very few people who know how hard it’s been. Gymnastics’ been my passion and it took a long time for me to learn to live basically in a new world. I am still learning I guess.

  •  What were you doing before becoming a ZES™ how did you reach this position?

 Because I couldn’t just become an inactive person after 18 years of  professional sport I started giving group fitness classes while I  was continuing my studies and working as a designer at a well known sportswear company. After a while the manager of the gym I was working for at that time asked me to do my research about a program called Zumba®, since it started to make waves in the fitness industry,  including in Romania.  I Googled it and not long after, the gym registered me to one of the Basic 1 Instructor Trainings (http://www.zumba.com/en-US/trainings ). I left that training being inspired to help people become more active, motivated to become a better dancer and the best instructor I can be.  Seven months later when Zumba® opened an European ZES™ call I applied for the ZumbAtomic® (now Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr.) ZES™ position.  I was called to a live audition that changed my life… again

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  •  How’s your life looking now?

I ended my professional career as a gymnast and started my professional career in Zumba® .. so my life is pretty much as intense as it used to be when I was competing. It requires balance, endurance and a lot of sacrifices.. but I love it and somehow it replaces my passion for gymnastics. More than just that, I have the chance to get in contact with so many people, different cultures, travel the World. I get to teach, to share some of my experience and my knowledge, to inspire and to motivate people to choose a healthy lifestyle. I get to create an influence, to make a change and leave a mark! I ‘m a lucky girl!

  •  Any plans for the future?

I don’t like to throw myself to much in the future. Generally speaking I want to help, educate, inspire and dance as much as possible. I want to keep on learning and growing as an instructor, trainer and person. One day at a time…

Thank you Laura for this interview, thank you to all my coaches who have helped me during my gymnastics career even with just a “POINT YOUR TOES!!!!” . Special thanks to my lead coach Mariana Mezei who’s been by my side for more than 10 years. Thank you to Professor Dr. Alexandru Buzescu who “fixed” my knees (and spine, and ankles, and… not only once). Thanks to the dance companies AEROS and Rhyth.mix!!! Thanks to Alice Visan for helping me start my fitness journey and for  asking me to google Zumba®, thinking it might suit me. Thanks Zumba® Fitness! And thank you to my family and to those very few friends who really know me with smiles, tears, hysterical laughs, moods and with who which I created tons of memories! (you know who you are).

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L.A. 

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Sara Moreno Interview

Dear friends,

Today I will talk with my friend Sara Moreno. She was born in Valencia/Spain 24 years ago. She started Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1997 and in 1998 she moved to Competitional Fitness, sport in which she became European Champion in 2003.

She started Aerobic Gymnastics in 2002.

 How did you get into the gym? 

I started doing gymnastics because I had problems with my feet and the doctor recommended me to start taking ballet classes or in Rhythmic Gymnastics. I chose Gymnastics!

What are your memories from the time you first started gymnastics? 

I was having a very good time with my friends when I was training, and I remember that I wasn’t a very talented gymnast but I was very hardworking and I got to achieve my goals with a lot of work.

Which was the competition where you won your first medal? How did you feel?

 My first international medal in Aerobics was in France 2004, I won this competition and this made me very happy because I have never won an international competition before, it was a new feeling for me.

What is the most important medal for you? 

The most important medal for me is my medal in Individual Women, won in 2012 at the World Championships. I’m always training hard but in 2012 both my mental preparation and my body were in perfect shape.

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Are you happy with the results you had in 2013? 

Yes I´m happy with the results I had in 2013 because I got injured and it was very difficult to get back in shape after that, so in Cali and at the European Championships I got the best results this year. Psychologically I felt very week after my injury but the results helped me to get back on track even more powerful.

Your best competitional experience was….? 

I had my best competitional experience in Cali, because of the audience. There were 18000 people and I have never competed with so many people cheering for us before. I felt that a competition like that was the best thing that could happen to a gymnast.

Who is your favorite gymnast from Romania? 

From Romania I have two favorite gymnasts. In 2001 I was at the E.C. when I first saw Lacatus. I liked her powerful performances. That’s when I saw Pohoata too and I liked her so much for her elegance. For me they are a part of the Aerobic Gymnastics’ history and my favorite gymnasts from Romania. Even so I can’t forget mentioning Corina, her jumps and flexibility are amazing!

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Who is your favorite gymnast from any other country?

There are a lot of gymnasts I can think of. Yuriko Ito from Japan, Kieran Gorman from Australia, Marcela Lopez from Brasil and Ana Maçanita from Portugal, were the best gymnasts in Aerobics for me, but nowadays my favorite gymnast is Dora Hegyi (she is my friend but I didn’t chose her for this reason), she loves Aerobics and she lives every moment in her routine therefor everybody enjoys watching her.

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You do something else beside gymnastics? 

I finished University (Sciences of Sports) and now I work in the mornings, coordinating sports in my city.

 What are your goals for 2014? 

For 2014 I want to enjoy every competition. We have the World Championships this Summer and this is the most important competition  in 2014. I will try to compete in the best way possibly can. I am trying to achieve the state of mind and also my physical shape I had in 2012.

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Special thanks to my contributor Ana Georgescu!

ENJOY,

L.A.

Andreea Bogati Interview

Dear friends,

We continue the interview series, this time I will talk with Andreea Bogati, component of National Team of Aerobic Gymnastics, multiple national, international, european and world champion .

  • How did you first get to the gymnastics hall?

 When I was 10 months old I started walking and I couldn’t be held in place anymore so my mom waited me to grow a little bit older thinking that if she will take me to sport sessions my extra energy problem will be solved. Thing that didn’t happen.

When I was three I walked in for the first time in the Adi Sincai Gymnastics Hall from Cluj. I was fascinated! I loved it so much but I wanted my mom to stay with me during the training. At first I wasn’t doing anything at the gym but then when turning back home I was doing everything I seeing during the training. I remember how I was using the walls as support for my handstands and I was destroying the wall painting.

Then when I turned 4 I moved to the Balcescu gym where I continued training in artistic gymnastics till the end of the 3rd grade. Starting with the 4th grade my parents took me to Deva Gymnastics School where I actually started practicing Aerobics Gymnastics.

  • What memories do you have from your first competitions?

 Since I was very young and I was training in WAG all the coaches wanted me as part of their team noticing that I have potential to grow as a gymnast. Same thing happened when I started training in Deva. These memories pushed me to dream more and to achieve my goals.

  • When did you win your first medal and how did you feel? (which competition)

 The first medal I won at the “Cupa Cetatii” (Deva Cup) only about 7 months after starting training at this new discipline. I won a Silver medal and I feel so happy and proud.

  • What is the most important and dear to your heart medal you ever won?

Definitely the Gold medal me and my partner won at the 2012 Worlds in the Mixed Pair Final Event.

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  • Are you happy with your results in 2013?

 More than happy! It was the most intense year so far and I am really happy I could add new beautiful medals to my record.

  • Which is the most difficult period of the year regarding trainings from your point of view?

I can’t think at one in particular. Important for me is to be healthy and not to get bored by the daily routine. If I am physically well everything is perfect for me.

  • The most beautiful experience you lived during a competition was…?

The  2011 Summer Universiade that took place in Shenzhen China. It was my first big competition where I had both ups and downs but where I also learned so much for my career.  Also the World Games from Cali/ Colombia where I wanted so much to make happy all those 15.000 people in the audience and to make the ticket price that they payed to see us worth. These two experiences impacted my life in a major way.

  • What goals did you set for yourself for 2014?

I wish to win as many medals as possible during all the competitions throughout the year and especially at the World Championships to hear the National Anthem!

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Special thanks to my contributor Ana Georgescu!

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L.A.

Interviu Andreea Bogati

Dragi prieteni,

Continuam seria interviurilor, de data aceasta voi vorbi cu  Andreea Bogati, componenta a Lotului National de Gimnastica Aerobica, multipla campioana nationala, internationala, europeana si mondiala!

  • Cum ai ajuns in sala de gimnastica?

La 10 luni am inceput sa merg si nu stateam locului, asa ca mama a asteptat sa mai cresc crezand ca, daca ma da la sport rezolva problema energiei mele. Ceea ce nu s-a intamplat.

La 3 ani am intrat pentru prima data in sala de gimnastica Adi Sincai din Cluj. Am fost fascinata, imi placea enorm, dar voiam sa stea mama cu mine in sala. Atunci nu faceam nimic la sala, cred ca eram rusinoasa. In schimb, cand ajungeam acasa  voiam sa fac ce vedeam in sala .Tin minte ca ma sprijineam pe perete cand faceam stand pe maini si dadeam zugraveala jos :)) .

Iar la 4 ani am ajuns in sala de gimnastica de la Balcescu unde am facut antrenamente pana in clasa a-III-a . In clasa a-IV-a parintii m-au dus la Deva si de atunci fac gimnastica aerobica.

  • Ce amintiri te leaga de debutul tau in sport?

De cand eram mica si faceam gimnastica artistica toti antrenorii ma voiau la ei in grupa, vazand ca am potential. La fel a fost si in perioada de la Deva unde, deja practicam gimnastica aerobica. Aceasta amintire m-a fortat sa imi doresc mai mult sa ajung ceea ce sunt acum.

  • La ce concurs ai luat prima ta medalie? Cum te ai simtit?

Prima medalie am castigat-o la Cupa Cetate Deva dupa vreo 7 luni de antrenament  in gimnastica aerobica. Luasem locul doi si eram atat de fericita si mandra de mine.

  • Care este pentru tine cea mai importanta (de suflet) medalie castigata pana acum?

Medalia de aur din proba de cuplu de la Mondiale 2012.

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  •  Esti multumita de rezultatele obtinute in anul 2013?

Da, mai mult decat multumita. A fost cel mai greu an competitonal. Ma bucur ca am reusit sa adaug cateva medalii frumoase in palmaresul meu.

  • Care este cea mai grea perioada a anului, avand in vedere antrenamentele?

Eu nu am o perioada anume cand imi este greu. Important pentru mine este sa nu am dureri  si sa nu ma plictisesc de ceea ce fac si  daca sunt apta fizic este perfect indiferent de perioada in care ne aflam.

  • Cea mai frumoasa experienta competitionala a ta a fost…?

 Universiada din Shenzhen a fost primul meu concurs de mare anvergura la care am avut reusite si nereusite dar, care m-au ajutat enorm in cariera. Si Jocurile Mondiale din Cali unde mi-am dorit sa fac 15.000 de spectatori fericiti ca nu au platit degeaba bilet sa ne vada concurand. Aceste doua experiente au avut un impact major asupra mea.

  • Ce ti-ai propus in anul 2014?

Imi doresc sa obtin cat mai multe medalii la toate concursurile pe care le am anul acesta si la Mondiale sa auzim de cat mai multe ori Imnul tarii noastre.

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L.A.

Bianca Becze Interview

Dear friends,

This time I have next to me Bianca Maria Becze, multiple national, international and european champion in AEROBIC GYMNASTICS.

Bianca started gymnastics at 3-4 and now she is component of National Team of Aerobic Gymnastics. Last year she won no less than 12 medals: 9 GOLD, 3 SILVER!

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  • How did you get into the gym?

When I was 3-4 years old, my mother took me with her at the gym, but with no intentions of becoming an elite gymnast. She just wanted to take care of me, since she was an artistic gymnastics coach at the “CSS Petrosani” club. At that age, the temptation of doing gymnastics was huge, and I started learning everything, by playing. As time passed by, things started to get more and more serious, and gymnastics hours weren’t missing, from my everyday schedule.

After I learned basic things in the first seven years, doing artistic gymnastics, at the age of 11, I passed from artistic gymnastics, to aerobic gymnastics.

It was a really inspired choice, made by my mother and me, if I think about all the satisfactions I had from it, since now.

  • What are your memories from the time you first started sports?

I remember the gym from Petrosani, it was like my second home, since I was there, the most of the time during the day. I remember my first competition, when I had lost both of my gymnastics shoes, and with all the deductions I got, I still had the highest score. I remember every competition I had taken part, and the fact that, the person who was usually more nervous than me, was my mother. I remember that I always wanted to win medals, to be the best, and make it to the national team.

Everything that unites me with this sport, is a beautiful memory that is difficult to be forgotten.

  • What was the competition you won your first medal? How did you feel?

I won my first medal, at “Cupa Cetatiii Deva” competition, at my first participation in aerobic gymnastics. Although the competition was not so big, my surprise and my satisfaction were huge.

That medal, convinced me, that it was all worth it, and encouraged me to keep on going, and become the best.

  • What is the most important medal for you?

I can’t say that a single medal is the most important to me, every year I won a medal that represents something more for me.

In 2013 I won the gold medal, in mixed pairs category, with Marius Petruse, at the World Games, that took place in Columbia. This gold medal, is the most important from my record, and there are many memories, regarding this medal.

It was for the first time, that a differentiation couldn’t be made, and 4 gold medals were awarded, with myself and Marius, being among the happy ones. I will not forget, that things weren’t really clear in the backstage, before the official standings were confirmed, and I will never forget the happiness that followed. I think that for the first time, everyone was happy.

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  • Are you happy with the results you had in 2013?

 2013, was the most successful competitional year, since now.

I won 3 gold medals and 3 silver, just from the European Championship and the World Games. For the first time as a senior, I became national champion, in the individual category. I achieved everything that I wanted, and even more. Some time ago, I was just hoping of having some good results.

I couldn’t have achieved all these things alone, my coaches and colleagues, played a really big role in everything I accomplished, and I really want to thank them.

  • What is the most difficult period of the year, regarding trainings?

The feeling that I mostly hate, is that when my muscles are sore, and everything hurts, and when I get back to training, after a small period of vacation, it’s terrifying. I get back in shape really difficult, but I know my deficits, and I know that everything will find its way in time.

Personally, I believe that the most difficult trainings, are before big competitions, because the psychological part plays an important role.

  • Your best competitional experience was….?

World Games, that took place in Columbia.

It was the best atmosphere that an athlete can enjoy. There were 18000 spectators that simply took your breath away, just by being there. I had “goose bumps” when I competed.  Everything that happened there was simply beautiful…..emotions that I can hardly explain.

  • What are your goals for 2014?

As an athlete, I hope that 2014 will be a year, without injuries, so that I will be able to perform at my highest potential at every competition. The rest will come….

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Special thanks to my contributor Carla Radulescu!

ENJOY,

L.A.

Interviu Bianca Becze

Dragi prieteni,

De aceasta data voi vorbi cu Maria Bianca Becze, multipla campioana nationala, internationala si europeana la GIMNASTICA AEROBICA.

Bianca a inceput gimnastica la varsta de 3-4 ani, iar in prezent este componenta a Lotului National de Gimnastica Aerobica. Anul trecut a castigat nu mai putin de 12 medalii : 9 de AUR si 3 de ARGINT!

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  • Cum ai ajuns in sala de gimnastica?

La 3-4 ani, mama m-a luat cu ea in sala, fara intentii de a face performanta. Voia sa aibe grija de mine, ea fiind antrenoare de gimnastica artistica la CSS Petrosani. La acea varsta, tentatia de a face gimnastica era prea mare si am inceput sa invat totul,  jucandu-ma. Incetul cu incetul, lucrurile au devenit mai serioase, iar din programul zilnic nu lipseau si orele de antrenament.

Dupa ce mi-am format o baza timp de 7 ani in gimnastica artistica, la varsta de 11 ani am schimbat ramura, incepand sa ma antrenez pentru gimnastica aerobica.

A fost o alegere foarte inspirata din partea mamei si a mea, tinand cont de satisfactiile de care am avut parte pana in prezent.

  • Ce amintiri te leaga de debutul tau in sport?

Imi amintesc de sala de la Pertrosani, unde aveam a doua casa, tinand cont ca acolo petreceam cea mai buna parte din zi ; imi amintesc de primul concurs unde am ramas fara nici un cipic pana la finalul exercitiului, si cu toate depunctarile am obtinut nota ce mai mare; imi amintesc de toate concursurile, si de faptul ca mai emotionata decat mine, era doar mama; imi amintesc ca mi-am dorit din tot sufletul sa castig medalii, sa fiu cea mai buna si sa ajung in lot.

Tot ce ma leaga de acest sport e o amintire frumoasa care cu greu se poate uita.

  • La ce concurs ai luat prima ta medalie? Cum te-ai simtit?

Prima medalie am castigat-o la Deva, la un concurs national ( Cupa “Cetatii”), chiar la prima participare in gimnastica aerobica. Pe cat de mic a fost concursul, pe atat de mare a fost surprinderea si bucuria mea.

Acea medalia m-a convins ca merita sa merg mai departe si sa devin tot mai buna.

  • Care este pentru tine cea mai importanta (de suflet) medalie castigata pana acum?

Nu am doar o singura medalie “de suflet”, in fiecare an am castigat cate o medalie care reprezinta ceva mai mult.

In anul 2013 am castigat medalia de aur in proba de perechi, impreuna cu Marius Petruse, la Jocurile Mondiale din Columbia. Acest aur e cea mai importanta medalie din palmaresul meu, si de care ma leaga destul de multe amintiri.

A fost pentru prima oara cand nu s-a putut face o departajare si s-au acordat 4 medalii de aur, eu si Marius fiind printre fericiti. Nu voi uita prea usor nedumerirea ce era in spate, inainte sa se confirme clasamentul oficial, si nu voi uita ce fericire a fost dupa. Cred ca pentru prima oara toata lumea era multumita.

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  • Esti multumita de rezultatele obtinute in anul 2013?

Anul 2013 a fost cel mai bun an competitional de pana acum.

3 medalii de aur si 3 medalii de argint am adunat doar la Jocurile Mondiale si Campionatele Europene; am devenit pentru prima oara, de cand sunt senioara, campioana nationala la proba de individual. Am realizat tot ce mi-am propus si chiar mai mult. Cu ceva timp in urma doar speram la unele rezultate.

Nu am reusit totul singura, antrenorii si colegii au avut o contributie destul de mare in ceea ce am realizat, si cu aceasta vreau sa le multumesc sincer.

  • Care este cea mai grea perioada a anului, avand in vedere antrenamentele?

Nu sunt prietena cu febra musculara, iar cand incep antrenamentele dupa o mica pauza e teroare.  Imi intru destul de greu in forma, dar imi cunosc minusurile si stiu ca totul se rezolva incetul cu incetul.

Personal, cred ca cele mai grele antrenamente se realizeaza inaintea unei mari competitii, intrucat intervine si factorul psihic.

  • Cea mai frumoasa experienta a ta competitionala a fost…?

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Am avut parte de cea mai frumoasa atmosfera de care se poate bucura un sportiv. Au fost 18 000 de spectatori care pur si simplu iti taiau respiratia doar prin prezenta. Aveam “pielea de gaina” cand concuram. Tot ce a s-a intamplat acolo a fost minunat…niste emotii care cu greu le pot descrie.

  • Ce ti-ai propus in anul 2014?

Pe plan sportiv, sper ca 2014 sa fie un an fara accidentari, sa pot concura in forma maxima la toate competitiile. Restul vine de la sine…

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L.A.

Amelia Racea Interview

Dear friends,

Today I will talk with Amelia Racea.

Racea started gymnastics at the age of 6 and won her first all around national title in her age category in 2007. In 2008 she joined the junior national team in Deva. She had a successful junior career, medaling at various international competitions. She won silver on beam and bronze on floor and placed fourth all around and with the team at the 2008 Junior European Championships. In 2009 she placed fifth all around at the prestigious American Cup ahead of more experienced gymnasts such as Koko Tsurumi and Kristina Goryunova. If not for a fall from uneven bars she might have placed higher. Later that year she won the all around junior title at both the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy and the Lugano Trophy in Switzerland. The 10th European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere was a very successful meet for Racea. Here she won a total of six medals, two gold (vault and beam) and four silver (floor, uneven bars, all around and with the team).

Racea’s senior debut at a major international competition was at the2010 European Championships. Here she qualified for the vault and floor finals and contributed to the team bronze medal. In the beam final she replaced the top qualifier Ana Porgras who withdrew due to an ankle injury.

She won the gold medal on beam and placed fifth on floor and seventh on vault.

  • What are you doing in the present?

Well, in the present I am a student at the University of Sports, in Bucharest.

  • What are your memories, from the time you started this sport?

I started gymnastics, at the age of 6, at the “Cetate Deva” club. My coaches, were Micu Ramona, Cotutiu Florin, and choreograph Corina Doreanu. During my career there were many moments, when I wanted to give up on gymnastics, but my parents and my coaches, were always next to me, no matter what happened,  and encouraged me, and I want to thank them.

  • Do you miss the atmosphere from the gym? Do you miss the team, coaches?

Yes, I definitely miss it. I miss waking up every morning, knowing that I have two training sessions a day, and be with my colleagues and coaches all day. Although there were days, that weren’t so good, I always tried to motivate myself, and get over it, because I knew that my work will someday, pay off.

  • What is your favorite medal?

All my medals are really important to me. I worked really hard, for each one of them, and I was happy every time I had a good result, but the most important medal was the one I won on beam, at the European Championship in Birmingham, in 2010.

  • What is your biggest regret, from your career as an athlete?

My biggest regret is that, I couldn’t be on the team for the 2012 Olympic Games, in London, because of an injury I had at my back, just 2 weeks before the departure for the Olympics.

  • Your best experience from a competition was…?

The best experience, was at the 2010 Europeans, when I found out that although I was as first reserve for the beam finals, I could compete, and opening the competition. I was really nervous, until the final ended, and realized that I had won the gold medal. It was the best and unique feeling.

  • What was your model athlete, for perfectioning yourself as an athlete?

I appreciated, and appreciate all elite athletes. I don’t know if I can say I had a model athlete that I would look up to. I was always trying, to be in a permanent competition with myself, see what my limits are, and if I could pass them.

  • What are your future plans?

In the near future, I will take part in a project that ms.Mariana Bitang and  mr. Octavian Bellu, called “Relaunching Romanian Gymnastics”, and I want to thank them for involving me in the project.

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Special thanks to my contributor Carla Radulescu!

ENJOY,

L.A.

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