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Interviu Amelia Racea

Dragi prieteni,

Continuam seria interviurilor, de aceasta data voi vorbi cu Amelia Racea.

A început gimnastica la vârsta de 6 ani şi a câştigat prima medalie individuală în 2007. În anul 2008 s-a alăturat lotului național de junioare de la Deva. Ca junioară, Amelia a avut o carieră de succes reuşind să fie pe podium la diverse competiții internaționale. A câştigat medalia de argint la bârnă şi medalia de bronz la sol şi s-a clasat a patra în competiția individuală şi cu echipa la Campionatul European de Juniori din anul 2008.  În 2009 s-a clasat a cincea la prestigioasa competiție „American Cup” înaintea unor gimnaste cu mai multă experiență cum ar fi Koko Tsurumi şi Kristina Goryunova. Mai târziu în acelaşi an a câştigat titlul individual la competițiile de juniori City of Jesolo Trophy din Italia şi Lugano Trophy din Elveția. A zecea ediție a Festivalul Olimpic al Tineretului European ce a avut loc în Tampere a fost o competiție încununată de succes pentru Amelia Racea. A câştigat în total şase medalii dintre care două de aur (la sărituri şi bârnă) şi patru de argint (la sol, paralele, individual şi cu echipa).

Debutul Ameliei în competițiile de seniori a avut loc la Campionatele Europene din 2010 unde a reuşit calificarea în finala de la sărituri şi sol şi a contribuit la medalia de bronz în concursul pe echipe. În finala de la bârnă a înlocuit-o pe coechipiera ei Ana Porgras, care se calificase pe prima poziție dar a fost nevoită să se retragă din cauza unei accidentări la gleznă.

Ama a câştigat medalia de aur la bârnă şi s-a clasat a cincea la sol şi a şaptea în finala de la sărituri.

  • Cu ce te ocupi in prezent? 

In prezent sunt studenta la Universitatea de Educatie Fizica si Sport din Bucuresti.

  • Ce amintiri te leaga de debutul tau in sport?

Am inceput gimnastica la varsta de 6 ani la clubul Sportiv ”Cetate” Deva. I-am avut antrenori pe Micu Ramona, Cotutiu Florin si coregrafa Corina Doreanu. De-a lungul carierei am avut multe momente cand am vrut sa renunt la gimnastica, dar parintii si antrenorii m-au incurajat si sustinut neconditionat si as dori sa le multumesc.

  • Iti este dor de atmosfera din sala de antrenament? De echipa de antrenori?

Da imi este dor. Imi este dor sa ma trezesc in fiecare dimineata sa stiu ca am un program cu 2 antrenamente pe zi, sa fiu impreuna cu colegele si antrenorii 24 din 24 de ore. Chiar daca erau si zile mai putin bune, incercam sa ma motivez, sa trec peste pentru ca stiam ca nu o sa muncesc degeaba, iar munca mea se va vedea intr-o zi.

  • Care este medalia ta “de suflet” ?

Toate medaliile sunt de suflet. Am muncit pentru fiecare in parte la fel de mult si m-am bucurat de fiecare data cand obtineam un rezultat bun, dar cea mai importanta este medalia la barna castigata la Campionatele Europene din 2010 de la Birmingham.

  • Ce regreti cel mai mult in cariera ta de sportiv?

Regretul meu cel mai mare este ca nu am putut sa fac parte din echipa de la Londra din cauza unei accidentari la spate pe care am avut-o chiar inainte cu 2 saptamani de plecarea la Olimpiada.

  • Cea mai frumoasa experienta competitionala a fost…?

Cea mai frumoasa experienta a fost la Europenele din 2010 cand am aflat ca din prima rezerva la barna voi putea concura in finala, fiind chiar prima concurenta. Am avut emotii pana la terminarea finalei cand am realizat ca am castigat medalia de aur. A fost cel mai frumos sentiment si unic de altfel.

  • Ce model de sportiv ai avut in perfectionarea sportiva de performanta?

Am apreciat si apreciez toti sportivii de performanta. Nu stiu daca aveam neaparat un model dupa care sa ma ghidez. Incercam tot timpul sa fiu intr-o competitie permanenta cu mine, sa vad care imi sunt limitele si daca pot sa mi le depasesc.

  • Care sunt planurile tale de viitor?

In viitorul apropiat voi face parte dintr-un proiect lansat de d-na Mariana Bitang si d-nul Octavian Bellu numit „Relansarea Gimnasticii Romanesti” pe aceasta cale le multumesc ca m-au implicat si pe mine in acest proiect.




Cu acest exercitiu Amelia Racea a castigat medalia de aur la Campionatele Europene (2010).




Catalina Ponor Interview

Dear friends,

Today I have CATALINA PONOR here with me!

Catalina Ponor  is a Romanian Artistic Gymnast. She won three gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics , on balance beam, floor, and as part of the Romanian team. She also obtained a silver medal on floor and a bronze medal as part of the Romanian team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as multiple World Championship and European Championship medals.

Let’s get to the facts!

  • What are you now doing for a living?

I am co-designer for a leotards line created by Domyos-Decathlon (France) and whenever I have some spare time I help coaching Camelia Voinea’s gymnastics team that represents Farul Club. I am also working on a new project but I’ll talk more about that at the right time.

  •  Are you missing your coaches and the atmosphere in gym?

Always! Gymnastics has been and will always be my first love. I spent 21 years in the gymnastics hall and it’s natural to miss it and also to miss the competition nerves and the coaches. Maybe at one point I’ll get used to the idea that I’m not a gymnast anymore but I think I’ll always miss it.

  •  You took quite a long break after Athen’s Olympic Games. What brought you back to the gym and why for London’s OG?

My wish was to take part to another Olympic Games Competition. I did try to come back for Beijing but it didn’t happen because of injuries. When I came back in the training hall to get ready for London I promised myself I’d overcome any injury or any tough moment I might go trough only to be able to experience one more time those wonderful moments and feelings when you proudly represent your country. I knew not everyone is lucky enough to get to compete on an Olympic level and that motivated me even more to prove myself that if I really set my mind to do something I can do it.

  •  Which is your favorite medal?

National or international medal I cherish them all the same but I have to say that the one from the Athens OG, from the team finals is the most special one. The emotions and the happy tears that rolled down our faces when we found out that we became Olympic Champions cannot be compared with anything else. There are no words to describe that! Both us and the coaches worked tremendously for that success. For that I will always THANK my family, my teammates, the first coaches who have discovered me and the coaches from the Olympic Team.

  •  Tell me a little bit about your leotards range that you co-design for Domyos? Why them?

Apparently the saying “Be careful what you wish for ‘cause it might happen..” is true. I’ve always wished for my own leotards collection but all of the sudden I got this text from Domyos asking me to start collaborating with them. We are still in the beginning phase of this partnership but our first collection is already in stores. It is a new challenge for me and both me and the rest of the team are trying to come up with something beautiful for our consumers.

  •  Any plans for the future?

I have a lot of plans that I am working on and I promise I’ll talk more about them whenever the timing will be right.


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Corina Constantin Interview

Dear friends, today I will talk with Oana Corina Constantin, multiple national, international, european , world champion in AEROBIC GYMNASTICS.

Corina started gymnastics at 4 and half  and now she is component of National Team of Aerobic Gymnastics. Last year she won no less than 15 medals!!! 5 gold, 9 silver and one bronze becoming gymnast of the year in 2013.


  • How did to get into the gymnastics hall?

I wasn’t thinking about being elite gymnast, I just wanted to spend my time and energy, elsewhere than the front of the block of flats, so my mother decided to encourage me to start a sport. First time, I entered the artistic gymnastics hall, because just like every other girl, I was watching gymnastics on the TV, and I wanted to do what Nadia was doing. Since I was quite tall for my age, coaches from the “Flamanda” gym, told my mom that it would be best for me, if I tried rhythmic gymnastics at CSS1 club, so when I was 4 years and a half, I entered for the first time a rhythmic gymnastics training hall, and since then, I fell in love with gymnastics.

  • Was passing from rhythmic gymnastics to aerobic gymnastics, difficult?

In the beginning it was really difficult, because I had already been in rhythmic gymnastics for 11 years, I had reached a very high level, after a lot of sacrifices and work, and in a way, I didn’t want to start over, without being sure that I could have good performances. After a lot of discussions with my mother, I decided that the best choice would be to quit rhythmic gymnastics, since I had really serious problems with my back, and start aerobic gymnastics, since the back was not that much requested. In the beginning it was really difficult, performing strength elements, the intensity was of a huge difference, everything seemed to be harder but at the same time, easier, since there were no apparatus. Everything was different, although I didn’t really like it in the beginning. After some time had passed, and I had already learned my first individual routine, I started having again the feeling that I was used to, from rhythmic gymnastics, being happy to enter the training hall again.

  • What is the most beautiful memory you have, from your childhood?

I have many beautiful memories from my childhood, regarding my parents, kindergarten,  school , gymnastics but I believe that most beautiful memories from my childhood  are from the time, when my mom, took me and my brother to the nursery school, he was in the group with bigger children that me. After lunch, everyone used to sleep, I was the only one that couldn’t, because Bogdan (my brother) was not with me. I remember one day, I cried so loud, that my teachers, took me (I had my rabbit in my arms) crying, up to the 1st floor where the bigger children group was, and they put me directly in bed, next to my brother. I was saying that only if I was with him, I could sleep, and just when I realized that I was next to him, I stopped crying. This is for me one of my most beautiful memories, probably because he now lives in another country, and I really miss him.

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

I won my first medal at a rhythmic gymnastics competition that was held in Bucharest I think in 2000, I don’t remember exactly, and I came 3rd in the rope event. I had gone just to participate, I really enjoyed to perform, and when I heard they called my name, to get on the podium, I couldn’t believe it!! I was feeling so small among the rest, but in the same time, so proud to be living that small perfect moments.

  • Which of the medals you have won until now, is the most important for you (that means the most)?

One of the medals that mean the most to me, is the gold medal in the individual competition, I recently won at the World Games in Cali, Columbia. I was a medal I really wished for, because the gold medal I won at the 2011 Europeans, had made me wish to win the rest of the medals, from big competitions. Although this time, I didn’t expect the gold medal, even though I really wanted to prove once more, that I am the best. I wished for a medal, because the World Games, was one of the most difficult competitions, because the competition started in the morning, with qualifications in individual women, trio and group, and after just 30min of break, finals started with group competition, trio and individual women. After the 2 silver medals we had successfully won in trio and group, I didn’t think that I was strong enough to show what I am really capable of for the individual event. I remember, the final of my routine, the 6th routine of that day, and I was hoping to have at least the bronze medal. When I was on the panel my scores, and the 1st place, I thought it wasn’t real. I was so happy, I felt that once again I am the best, I wanted to live every moment of it! And I did!

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

For sure 2013 was one of my best competitional years of my career as a gymnast. I managed to win through the year, 15 medals that I won in World Cup Competitions, World Games and European championship, 5 of them are gold, 9 silver and 1 bronze. I have been working for this year, since I was little, and I don’t have any regrets, I feel happy and accomplished, because all my hard work has paid off, through the medals I won, and all sacrifices I have made, were worth it!

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

For me, the most difficult period is the training camp we have each winter, on the mountain. From the time I was a junior, I didn’t like running on the mountain, in the snow. We start every year, with 10 days of camp in Poiana Brasov, having two workouts a day, and for me, that 10 days pass really slow. I wish, if I could, to enter the training hall and start with what I mostly like, and by that, I mean exercises and parts of the competitional routines. Of course that can’t be done, because there isn’t any athlete, in good shape, without the physical training, that must be done before. I can say that the period before competitions is quite difficult to me, because workouts are harder, for getting all elements to be perfect, and also achieve perfect, the artistic movements. And to all that, the stress before the competition is added, because all you want is to perform everything, as close to perfection, and here, the most important is to stay positive , physically tough, and one of the most important things is for the team to be united, as one.

  • The most beautiful experience you had from a competition was…?

All competitions are great experiences and unforgettable, even the competitions that are not so successful, there is always a nice experience, and from each competition you learn something, no matter if you lose or you win. I will never forget the experience I went through as a junior, at the European Championship in Szombathely, Hungary. I travelled there, having worked a single routine, for the group competition. While we were there, one of my colleagues from the trio category, got injured, and the trio could no longer compete. Since I was the only one, competing at a single event, and since I had learned some parts of the trio routine, the coaches from the national team, ms.Cristina Spinu and ms.Chiorean Ramona, decided that in the 2 days that were left until the start of the competition, I had to learn the trio routine. I didn’t sleep at night, I continued rehearsing the routine, without stopping, and in the day of the competition, the only thing I had in my mind, was not to forget the routine. It was like a miracle, that we qualified for the finals in 4th place, and in the finals we came 3rd. I didn’t even think that we could qualify for the finals, but at the end of the competition, I realized that although I had traveled there, with the goal of winning one medal, I was leaving, having won 2 bronze medals, one in group category and the other one in trio category. It was my first European Championship, and one of the most sudden and difficult competition until now, excluding World Games from Cali, in 2013.

  • Being also member of AEROS troop, what do you prefer: shows or competitions?

There are different experiences, between AEROS shows and gymnastics competitions, but I still say the same thing about how I live every moment. During competitions, you have that feeling of will, and emotions of each routine you compete, because you want to do everything as perfect as possible, to prove that you deserve to be the best and to be on the highest rank on the podium, you feel that suspense at the end of each routine, while waiting for the score and the rank you will be. In AEROS show, everything changes, it’s all about passion and joy, a freedom in performing at the show, because everyone is watching you, and sees the most wonderful parts of the show, nobody looks for mistakes in order to penalize you, there are no judges, and it is not a competition. During the show, you only perform for yourself, because you feel the passion for it and you enjoy what you do for the public, but in the big competitions, you perform for yourself, for all the free time you have sacrificed for the trainings and for your work, for the coaches that trusted you, for the spectators that have come to watch you, and of course for the judges, that can’t wait for you do make a mistake, so they can penalize you. I can say I like competing, and also be part of the AEROS shows, with the only difference that during the shows, I feel free, without the emotions I have during competitions, and thinking about not making mistakes, and the pressure from the competitions.

  • What are your goals for 2014?

For 2014, my main goal is the World Championship that will be held in Cancun Mexico that will take place in the end of June, to obtain at least the results I had at the World Games in Columbia, and add a medal, in the team competition. After that, I will take quite a long break, because I must focus on my studies in choreography, as this is my goal for the master’s degree.



Special thanks to my contributors: Carla Radulescu



Interviu Constantin Corina

Dragilor, astazi voi vorbi cu Oana Corina Constantin multipla campioana nationala, internationala, europeana si mondiala la GIMNASTICA AEROBICA.

Corina a inceput gimnastica la varsta de 4 ani si jumatate, iar in prezent este componenta a Lotului National de Gimnastica Aerobica. Anul trecut a castigat nu mai putin de 15 medalii !!! 5 de AUR, 9 de ARGINT si 1 BRONZ, devenind astfel sportiva anului 2013.


  • Cum ai ajuns in sala de gimnastica?

Fara intentii de performanta doar sa imi consum energia si timpul in alta parte decat in fata blocului ,mama a decis sa ma indrume spre sport. Prima oara am intrat in sala de gimnastica artistica deoarce ca orice fetita care se uita la gimnastica la televizor isi dorea sa faca ce facea si Nadia. Pentru ca eram destul de inalta pentru varsta mea antrenoarele de la sala flamanda au sfatuit-o pe mama ca cel mai bine ar fi sa incerc sa practic gimnastica ritmica la css 1,asa ca la 4 ani si jumatate am intrat prima oara in sala de gimnastica ritmica si pot spune ca m-am indragostit inca de atunci de gimnastica.

  • A fost grea trecerea de la gimnastica ritmica la aerobica?

La inceput a fost grea trecerea din punct de vedere sufleteste, deoarece deja practicasem de 11 ani gimnastica ritmica, ajunsesem la un nivel destul de inalt dupa multe sacrificii si munca si intr-un fel nu as fi vrut sa o iau de la inceput fara siguranta ca voi putea ajunge la o buna performanta. Dupa mai multe discutii cu mama am decis ca cea mai buna alegere e sa ma retrag din activitatea gimnasticii ritmice, avand probleme de spate foarte mari si sa continui cu gimnastica aerobica nesolicitand asa de tare spatele. Cel mai greu de realizat la inceput au fost elementele de forta, diferenta de intensitate era foarte mare intre ritmica si aerobica totul parea mai greu dar si mai usor deoarece lipseau obiectele. A fost diferit totul cu toate ca nu mi-a placut la inceput dupa o perioada in care invatasem primul meu exercitiu de la individual incepea sa imi dea aceleasi sentimente cu care eram obisnuita sa le am in gimnastica ritmica,sa am placerea din nou de a intra in sala de gimnastica.

  • Care e amintirea ta cea mai frumoasa din copilarie?

Am foarte multe amintiri frumoase din copilarie legate de parinti, de gradinita, scoala ,gimnastica dar cred ca una din cele mai frumoase amintiri ale copilariei mele este atunci cand eu impreuna cu fratele meu eram dusi zilnic de mama noastra la gradinita cu program prelungit el fiind in grupa mare iar eu in grupa mica, dupa masa de pranz se obisnuia ca toata lumea sa doarma  numai eu nu puteam deoarece nu era Bogdan (fratele meu ) langa mine, iar odata am inceput sa plang asa de tare incat educatoarele mele m-au dus cu iepurasul de mana plangand pana la etajul 1 unde  era grupa mare si m-au pus direct in pat cu fratele meu si ziceam ca eu nu pot sa dorm decat cu el si doar atunci cand m-am vazut langa el am incetat sa mai plang si asta mi se pare una din cele mai frumoase amintiri probabil si pentru ca acum el locuieste in alta tara si imi lipseste foarte mult.

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

Prima mea medalie am castigat-o la gimnastica ritmica la un concurs  din Bucuresti prin 2000 nu mai tin minte exact  locul 3 la coarda, eu venisem doar sa particip era o placere sa concurez ,iar cand mi-a strigat numele sa ma urc pe podium nu imi venea sa cred.Ma simteam asa mica printre celalalte concurente dar in acelasi timp asa de mandra sa traiesc acele mici momente frumoase.

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

Una dintre medaliile mele de suflet este castigata recent, medalia de aur de la individual feminin de la Jocurile Mondiale din Cali – Columbia. A fost o medalie dorita cu siguranta, deoarece medalia de aur de la Europenele din 2011 imi daduse pretentia si dorinta pentru a cuceri si celalalte medalii din concursurile de mare anvergura. Cu siguranta de data aceasta nu ma asteptam la aur cu toate ca imi doream atat de mult sa dovedesc din nou ca sunt cea mai buna, speram sa am o medalie la gat ,deoarece Jocurile Mondiale a fost unul dintre cel mai greu concurs avand in vedere ca dimineata am avut calificari la probele de individual feminin, trio si grup iar dupa o pauza de 30 min au inceput finalele cu probele de grup, trio si individual feminin dupa cele 2 medalii de argint cucerite cu succes la probele de grup si trio nu credeam ca mai sunt destul de puternica sa arat cu adevart de ceea ce sunt in stare si la proba de individual feminin. Imi amintesc cel mai bine de finalul exercitiului al 6 -lea integral il incheiasem in acea zi si speram la o medalie de bronz macar, iar cand pe panou sau afisat notele si mi-a aratat nota si clasamentul 1 am zis ca nu este adevarat eram atat de fericita, am simtit ca sunt din nou cea mai buna si am vrut sa-mi traiesc din nou acele minunate momente din plin. Asa am si facut.

  • Esti multumita de rezultatele obtinute in anul 2013?

Cu siguranta anul 2013 a fost unul dintre cei mai buni ani competitivi din cariera mea de gimnasta. Am reusit sa adun pe parcursul anului 15 medali, castigate in etape de Cupe Mondiale, Jocuri Mondiale si Campionate Europene, dintre care 5 de aur, 9 de argint si 1 de bronz .Practic de mica am muncit pentru acest an si nu regret deloc, ma simt fericita si implinita pentru ca munca mea s-a recunoscut prin medaliile castigate, iar sacrificile pe care le-am facut nu au fost in zadar.

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

Pentru mine cea mai grea perioada este cantonamentul de la munte inca de cand eram junioara la club nu mi-au placut alergarile pe munti, prin zapada. Fiecare an il incepem mai intai cu 10 zile de cantonament in Poiana Brasov cu doua antrenamente pe zi, iar pentru mine acele 10 zile trec foarte greu. Eu daca as putea as vrea sa intru direct in sala de antrenamente sa incep cu ce imi place mai mult adica partea de elemente si partile din integrale de concurs, dar bineinteles ca nu se poate asta pentru ca nici un sportiv nu poate fi in forma fara pregatirea fizica care trebuie facuta inainte. Pot spune ca si perioada inaintea competitiilor mari este destul de dificila pentru ca munca este mai grea in perfectionarea elementelor si a miscarilor artistice unde se adauga si stresul inaintea unui concurs mare pentru ca tot ce iti doresti este sa faci totul spre perfectiune, iar aici cel mai important este sa stai pozitiv cu un psihic tare si unul dintre cele mai importante lucruri este ca ehipa sa fie cat mai unita.

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

Toate competitiile iti aduc experiente frumoase si de neuitat chiar si in competitiile mai putin reusite fara castiguri, o experienta frumoasa tot exista, iar din fiecare concurs inveti cate ceva chiar daca pierzi chiar daca si castigi. Dar niciodata nu voi uita experienta de la juniori de la Campionatele Europene din Ungaria Szombathely unde eu m-am dus pregatita de concurs cu un singur exercitiu in proba de grup, iar pe parcurs o colega din proba de trio se accidentase si nu mai avea cum se concureze, eu fiind singura care aveam o singura proba si aveam la cunostinta cateva parti din trio antrenoarele lotului doamna Cristiana Spinu si doamna Chiorean Ramona au decis ca in timp de 2 zile cat mai aveam pana sa inceapa concursul sa invat exercitiul in proba de trio. Nu am dormit noptile in acele zile am repetat fara sa ma opresc, iar in ziua concursului nu ma gandeam decat sa nu uit exercitiul si ca prin minune pe neasteptate ne-am calificat pe locul 4,  iar in finala am urcat pe podium pe pozitia a 3-a. Eu una personal nici nu ma asteptam sa ne calificam, dar la finalul concursului am realizat ca venisem sa castig o singura medalie, iar la gatul meu atarnau 2 medalii de bronz una o castigasem in proba de grup si una in proba de trio. A fost primul meu Campionat European si unul dintre cel mai neasteptat si greu concurs pana in prezent excluzand Jocurile Mondiale din anul 2013.

  • Avand in vedere ca faci parte si din trupa AEROS, ce preferinte ai: spectacole sau concursuri?

Sunt experiente diferite intre spectacolele de Aeros si concursurile din gimnastica si despre trairea si suspansului momentelor pot spune acelasi lucru. In concursuri traiesti dorinta si emotiile exercitiilor cu care concurezi, pentru a face cat mai aproape de perfectiune sa dovedesti ca meriti sa fi cel mai bun si sa urci pe cea mai inalta treapta a podiumului, traiesti suspansul dupa finalizarea exercitiului in asteptarea notei si pozitionarea in clasament. In spectacolele Aeros-ului totul se schimba este o pasiune si o traire de placere, o libertate in exprimarea showului pentru ca toata lumea te vede te urmareste sa vada tot ce e mai frumos din spectacol nimeni nu se uita dupa gresieli pentru a te penaliza, nu exista arbitri nu exista concurenta. In spectacol faci pentru tine pentru ca esti pasionat si iti place ceea ce faci si pentru public, dar in competitiile de mare anvergura faci pentru tine ca ai sacrificat timpul tau liber pentru antrenamente si ai muncit, pentru antrenorii care si-au pus baza si increderea in tine, pentru spectatorii care au venit sa te urmareasca si bineinteles pentru arbitrii care abia asteapta sa gresesti pentru a te penaliza. In mare imi place si sa concurez, dar si sa fiu prezenta in spectacolele de Aeros, doar ca in spectacole ma simt mai libera fara emotia greselilor si starea de suspan si presiune din concursuri.

  • Ce ti-ai propus in anul 2014?

In anul 2014 am ca obiectiv Campionatele Mondiale din Cancun Mexic ce vor avea loc la sfarsitul lunii iunie, sa obtin cel putin rezultatele pe care le-am avut la Jocurile Mondiale din Columbia plus o medalie in plus aceasta fiind la echipe. Dupa imi voi lua o pauza destul de lunga deoarece am nevoie si ma voi ocupa de studiul in coregrafie fiind urmatorul meu obiectiv pentru master.




Sandra Izbasa Interview

Dear friends, a new section of the blog – a series of interviews with great athletes!

I have Sandra Izbasa here with me … hmm what an honor! The first interview with such a great champion so near me, what can I say? I am lucky :). I’m glad to meet her, I’m glad to see that we have so much in common (we found out that we also look alike – so we were told) haha!


Without any further introduction, let’s get to the facts.

           Why gymnastics?

Why gymnastics? Because my parents wanted me to practice a sport, not necessarily for performance, but so I could grow beautiful, harmonious and consumed all the energy that I had in a safe place, away from danger.

I can say that the gym was the third choice in a row, beacause in the first phase I was on a tennis field and I was not really attracted because at that time the racket was bigger than me, than I was in a fencing hall and i couldn’t really understand what happens with that sword, I thought that if you get touched by it who knows what can happen to you … and I said no, let’s try something else.

In an August day, haveing the age of four years and almost 2 months, together  with my parents we entered a gym. There we were retrieved by coach Lia Ceampelea who presented us a few things about gymnastics. What fascinated me the most was these girls that flipped over their heads. I spent an hour in the room to study and understand about what this is … then another coach came, named Corina Ibis, who checked me to see if I’ll be able to practice this sport. She said that i am verry good, only that in a while I grow bigger than the other girls. She was right, she probably took a look at my parents also :). So I started in the initiation group being penultimate in the alignment.

Why gymnastics in this moment, because I made ​​the best choice at that age and it was the sport that fit me like a glove. I thank everyone for their trust and support!

         What is your most beautiful memory of childhood?

There are many beautiful memories that bind me to my grandparents, parents, school colleagues, the colleagues from the lot and the coaches, both the club and the people from the lot.

         Have you ever been „jealous” that other children spent their holidays playing,  while you were training?

  In this first phase at about 13-14 years yes, I was a little jealous because I too wanted to play in front of the building with my friends. Holidays … i’ll have to say that the summer affected me the most, because i did not like winter too much, generally I do not like the cold, but in time, as my parents explained  me what it is and why we are part of the gymnastics  lot, I really understood: my childhood would be different. Other principles, other program, everything changed compared with normal children … i was not sorry even for a second, because I fructified every moment. I can say that I had my own star 🙂 and thank God for that!

         At what competition did you win your first medal? How did you feel?

I remember that a long time ago, the only two competitions that were organized, where the municipals and the national championship, for each category, from (cat. a 4a nu stiu exact cum se traduce…sunt cele mai mici gimnaste.. presupun ca juniors) to seniors. So, my first competition was the municipal championship, when I was 7 years old. There weren’t awarded medals, but we were on second place, in the team competition. I won my first medal, just after I joined the Junior national team from Onesti, and participated to my first national championship, with the national team. That competition took place at Deva. It was individual and team competition, and finals for the seniors. From that time, I felt that feeling of success, and it made me confident, and willing to participate to more competitions.

         What were the competitions that you were most nervous?

The first competitions of the season. Can you believe it? After, you get used to it, and emotions are less. I like that my emotions, turn into constructive adrenaline.

         Were there things that you wanted to do while you were on te national team, but you weren’t allowed?

Yes, there were many things that I wanted to do, but I wasn’t allowed, because I was on the program of the camp, and I had to follow it. Everyone knows, that only by following that program of the camp, the results are good. I got used to that idea, that my everyday program was apart from the other children of our age. But my parents were always next to me, and offered me everything they could, so that I would feel good, and perform at the highest level. Don’t think that we didn’t do things that we weren’t allowed, of course we did, because they made us feel children, every now and then. But that’s another story…

          After the London 2012 Olympics, you took a break , what determined to you to get back to trainings?

 I took a break for about 1 month, where i travelled, and I felt awesome, because after all that tension, and stress….i felt that vacation like a big breath. After the Olympics, you don’t recover that quick, and you have very good results, than it usually takes about a year. Why didn’t I stay out for a year? Because, recovery would be infinite times more difficult. I decided to get back in the gym, because I was curious if I could cope with the new code of points. And i really liked that challenge, I guess this was what determined me to get back in the gym.

          What do you think about the new generation of Romanian gymnasts? Will they be able to fight with Russia, China and USA at the 2016 Olympics?

I believe in the new generation, and we must not forget, that in 2016 Diana Bulimar and Larisa Iordache, will be at their second major experience from their career. This will be very important for the smaller girls, because they will need support, and first of all, a strong team. I think that all teams have the same goal, to be on the highest place on the podium, that definitely includes us also, because we have always liked to be in the top.

          How is your life now? What are you up to, and what are your plans for the future?

 My life looks something like this: for the moment, I am take part in the project that ms.Mariana Bitang and mr.Octavian Bellu launched – „Relaunching Romanian Gymnastics” – and I can say that I am proud to be able to help in this project. Then, I have university: I am at the masters of UNEFS (Romanian Sports Academy) – Kinesiotherapy 1, and I am also in the army, lieutenant officer. In the future, I will take part on some projects there, also. In the meantime, i will take part in many activities, I am willing to try anything new. I will not leave the sport,i still exercise, and will always do, because it is part of my life.

P.S You said that one day you will invite me to your gym, and exercise together.

         When was the first time we met?

How we met….i remember we were talking through messages on the phone, and you supported me through the entire olympic year, and also after, in 2013, which really meant a lot to me. We first met in a mall in Bucharest, exchanged a few words, and you gave me a T-shirt that I really wanted for a long time. That’s how we met face to face. Although we knew each other for a long time, I was happy that I could talk to you, and we became friends!! Give me a hug!




Special thanks to my contributors: Cristache Ionut & Carla Radulescu



Interviu Sandra Izbasa

Dragi prieteni, o noua sectiune in cadrul blogului – seria de interviuri cu mari sportivi de performanta!

O am alaturi de mine pe Sandra Izbasa … hmm ce onoare! Primul interviu si cu asa o campioana langa mine, ce sa mai zic? I am lucky :). Ma bucur mult sa o cunosc, ma bucur sa vad ca avem atatea in comun (cica mai si semanam – asa ni s-a spus) haha!


Fara nici o alta introducere, trecem la fapte.

          De ce gimnastica?

De ce gimnastica? Pentru ca parintii mei voiau sa fac un sport, nu neaparat de performanta cat sa ma pot dezvolta frumos, armonios si sa imi consum toata energia pe care o aveam   intr-un loc mai sigur ferit de pericole.

Pot sa spun ca sala de gimnastica a fost a treia la rand pentru ca in prima faza am fost pe terenul de tenis si nu prea ma atragea fiindca in momentul acela racheta era mai mare decat mine , apoi am fost la sala de scrima si nu prea intelegeam eu ce se intampla cu spada respectiva, credeam ca daca te atinge cine stie ce poti pati…si am spus nu, hai sa mai incercam.

Eram cu parintii mei intr-o zi de august dupa ce implinisem 4 ani si aproape 2 luni  si am intrat in sala de gimnastica acolo ne-a preluat antrenoarea Lia Ceampelea si ne-a prezentat un pic despre gimnastica. Pe mine ma fascina cel mai mult cum se dau peste cap fetele respective. Am stat vreo ora in sala sa studiez si sa pricep cam despre ce este vorba… apoi a venit o alta antrenoare pe nume Corina Ibiş si m-a verificat sa vada daca voi fi capabila pentru acest sport. Ea mi-a spus ca sunt foarte buna doar ca in timp voi creste mai mult decat celelalte fete. A avut dreptate, probabil ca se uitase si la parintii mei :). Asa am inceput eu in grupa de initiere fiind penultima la aliniere.

De ce gimnastica in momentul actual, pentru ca am facut cea mai buna alegere la varsta respectiva si a fost sportul care mi s-a potrivit ca o manusa. Le multumesc tuturor pentru increderea si sprijinul acordat!

          Care e amintirea ta cea mai frumoasa din copilarie?

Sunt multe amintiri frumoase care ma leaga atat de bunici, parinti, colegi de scoala, de colegele de la lot si de antrenori, atat cei de la club cat si de cei de la lot.

          Ai fost vreodata “invidioasa”pe ceilalti copii pentru faptul ca isi petreceau vacantele la joaca, iar tu in sala de antrenament?

In prima faza asta cam pe la 13-14 ani da, am fost un pic invidioasa fiindca si eu imi doream sa ma joc in fata blocului cu prietenii. Vacantele… sa zic ca cea de vara ma afecta cel mai mult, fiindca iarna nu prea mi-a placut, in general frigul nu imi place, dar pe parcurs parintii mei explicandu-mi despre ce este vorba si de ce stau in acel lot am inteles cu adevarat: copilaria mea se desfasoara altfel.  Altfel de principii, altfel de program totul schimbat fata de copii obisnuiti… nu imi pare rau nici o clipa fiindca mi-am fructificat fiecare clipa. Pot spune ca am avut o stea a mea:) si ii multumesc Lui Dumnezeu pentru asta!

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

Imi aduc aminte ca pe vremuri se organizau 2 concursuri pe an cele municipale si cele nationale pe fiecare categorie de la categoria a 4-a pana la 1. Asadar primul concurs l-am avut la varsta de 7 ani la sala de la 23 august ( municipale ) nu a fost premiat cu medalii dar am iesit cu echipa pe locul al 2 lea. De abia cand am intrat in lotul de junioare de la Onesti si am participat la primul concurs national in cadrul lotului. Acolo au fost si primele medalii, la Deva a fost un concurs atat pe echipe, individual si finale la categoria 1. De atunci am simtit gustul victoriei si parca imi dadea incredere sa particip la cat mai multe concursuri.

          La ce concursuri aveai cele mai mari emotii?

La concursurile de la inceputul anului! Iti vine sa crezi? Dupa ti se diminueaza emotiile fiinca te obisnuiesti. Imi place ca emotia mea se transforma in adrenalina constructiva.

        Au existat lucruri pe care voiai sa le faci cand erai la lot, dar nu iti erau permise?

Da, au existat multe lucruri pe care voiam sa le fac si nu aveam voie fiindca eram in regim de cantonament si trebuia respectat.

Toata lumea stie ca numai intr-un regim de cantonament rezultatele sunt bune. M- am acomodat cu acest gand si chiar ma obisnuisem cu ideea ca avem un regim aparte fata de ceilalti copii de varsta noastra. Dar parintii mei au fost intotdeauna alaturi de mine si mi-au oferit tot ce au putut ei mai bun ca sa imi fie bine si sa imi creeze un confort pentru a face performanta la un inalt nivel.

Sa nu credeti acum ca nu faceam si lucruri nepermise, ba da, fiindca ele ne tineau in priza si ne faceau sa ne simtim din cand in cand copii. Dar asta este o alta poveste….

          Dupa Olimpiada de la Londra, ai luat o pauza, ce te-a determinat sa reincepi antrenamentele?

Am avut o pauza cam de o luna in care am calatorit, m-am destins, m-am simtit extraordinar fiindca dupa atata tensiune, incordare, stres etc… am simtit acea vacanta ca o gura de aer. Dupa J.O. nu iti revii atat de repede, iar daca ai si rezultate foarte bune iti trebuie cam un an de zile. De ce nu mi -am luat un an? Pentru ca revenirea era infinit mai grea.

Am ales sa intru in sala deoarece eram curioasa daca pot face fata noului cod de punctaj. Si mi-a placut aceasta provocare, probabil acest lucru m-a determinat sa ma intorc in sala de antrenament.

          Ce părere ai despre noua generaţie de gimnaste din România? Vor putea să se bată la Jocurile Olimpice de vară din 2016 cu marile puteri: Rusia, China şi Statele Unite ale Americii?

Am incredere in noua generatie care vine din urma, sa nu uitam ca in 2016 Diana Bulimar si Larisa Iordache vor fi la a 2-a experienta majora din cariera lor ceea ce pentru cele mici va fi un suport destul de important fiindca au nevoie de sustinere si au nevoie in primul rand de o echipa puternica. Consider ca toate echipele au acelasi țel de a ajunge pe cea mai inalta treapta a podiumului, asta clar va insemna si pentru noi un loc fiindca intotdeauna ne-a placut sa fim in top.

          Cum este viata ta acum? Cu ce te ocupi sau ce proiecte de viitor ai?

Viata mea acum se desfasoara astfel: momentan sunt implicata intr-un proiect lansat de doamna Mariana Bitang si domnul Octavian Bellu – “Relansarea Gimnasticii Romanesti”    si pot spune ca sunt mandra fiindca pot ajuta la acest proiect, apoi mai am facultatea: sunt la master la UNEFS – Kinetoterapie anul 1 si sunt in cadrul armatei ofiter locotenent in viitor ma voi ocupa si acolo de cateva proiecte. Pe parcurs voi mai face si alte activitati, sunt deschisa la tot ce este nou!

Nu las sportul, inca mai fac miscare fiindca imi place si pana la urma face parte din viata mea.

PS: Ai zis ca ma inviti la tine la sala sa facem miscare impreuna.

          Cand ne-am intalnit prima oara?

Cum ne-am intalnit…stiu ca vorbeam la telefon prin mesaje si ca m-ai sustinut pe tot parcursul anului olimpic cat si dupa in anul 2013 ceea ce pentru mine a insemnat foarte mult. Apoi prima oara cand ne-am intalnit intr-un mall din bucuresti schimband cateva vorbe si dandu-mi un tricou pe care mi-l doream de mult timp. Cam asa ne-am cunoscut face to face. Cu toate ca eu te cunosteam de mult timp, m-am bucurat ca pot vorbi cu tine si ca am devenit prietene! Give me a hug!








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