“I’ve been in the gymternet a few years now but I really want to know where people get their news about all the shady stuff and the drama. Like, someone should do a timeline of dramas and organize it by team so I can know what people are talking about I always feel so out of the loop.”
I have plenty of tea on team Romania lmao they are one shady mf
Hmmm do tell👀
Omg this might be a bit long lmao
70’s: at 1975 Euros in Norway some of the Romanians were starving so they dove into a private strawberry field right beside the venue. The farmer caught them, told Bela, and as punishment they were starved for 2 days
1976 Olympics: Bela made the team wait in the hall close to 9 minutes after they were called so that more attention would be on them when they walked out.
After 1976 Olympics: The Government steals the national team from Onesti and moves them to Bucharest so that Bela can’t take credit for them/propaganda reasons. During this time Bela relocated to Deva, sand got his team back when they started to get way worse. In 1978 Bela was going to desperate measures to get Nadia back in shape for worlds, and it’s rumoured that she drank laundry detergent as a suicide attempt and a cry for help.
1977 Euros: Nicolae Ceausescu (Romanian Dictator) forced the team to walk out of European event finals when he felt that Nadia had been underscored on Vault. Right after Nadia dismounted Beam, she rushed out of the Arena. She scored a 10 (1:04:00) but it didn’t matter. Nadia beat Elena Mukhina by 0.5, but gold went to Mukhina (1:26:20).
at 1979 worlds, Nadia was forced to have surgery for an “infection” on her wrist that didn’t exist. They made her have a sabotage surgery so that she couldn’t make Bela look good, because the government hated how Bela took too much credit considering it was a communist country. Well Nadia was a badass and competed a no handed beam routine to help win the world title over the Soviets.
1981: there was some mix up scandal with Lavinia Agache and Ekaterina Szabo. I might be getting things confused but what I’m pretty sure happened is that Bart Conner met and befriended “Ekaterina Szabo” (Lavinia Agache) at some American meet, but then several weeks later there was another meet where Romania sent the real Ekaterina Szabo, and Bart was confused as she wasn’t the same girl he became friends with earlier. It’s said that Romania did this because there was a contract saying that they had to send Ekaterina, but they didn’t want to so they sent somebody else and hoped no one would notice. They tried to get Bela to reveal the reasoning but he refused to pick up the phone because he was scared that he would be arrested for some sort of identity crime.
Post 1984: Bellu (or Adrian Goreac who ever was head coach at the time) wanted to keep the team thin so they would take upwards of 20 pills every morning so that they wouldn’t need to eat or drink. They were even monitored in the showers so that they couldn’t drink water, so the girls resorted to drinking toilet water. The team became visibly thinner from 1987 to 1988, they lost a lot of their flair/power (Camelia Voinea and Eugenia Golea especially), and you can even see Eugenia Golea trying to sneak eat chalk here
Mid 90s: Alexandra Marinescu trained in Bucharest, meanwhile everybody else was in Deva. It’s said that the Deva girls were really mean to Alexandra, and in her book she says that Octavian Bellu locked her in his room for 3 days, and on the first day the only food she got was an orange.
1997-1999: Corina Ungureanu was struggling a lot on her full twisting Milosovici beam mount, so Octavian Bellu beat her so hard that she started to bleed. Either Alexandra Marinescu or Maria Olaru has been quoted saying that Bellu has a very heavy hand.
2000: Romania sent Claudia Presecan to the Olympics with a hemoglobin level of 6.3 and severe anemia (look how pale she is). They even had team alternate Loredana Boboc ready to compete but they didn’t use her. Claudia was forced to train separately from the rest of the team for some reason (Elfie says this in her TF Beam routine). She somehow
didn’t die placed 4th on beam.
2002: Bellu and Bitang kicked the whole National team out of Deva and sent them back to their home clubs, except for Oana Petrovschi because they were all overweight. This is why they didn’t send a full team to 2002 Euros. By 2002 Worlds Raducan and Cojocar were back, but performed poorly at worlds. The team doctor gave Cojocar medicine for high cholesterol which damaged her liver and she failed to come back.
2004/5: Catalina Ponor was hooking up with a guy on the men’s team, she got some sort of virus which iirc spread to the rest of the team and she had to be quarantined. She was also kicked off the team because she and Sofronie snuck out to go to a birthday party.
2012: The Romanian coaches didn’t let Bulimar do floor in Olympic qualifying because they were scared that she’d make event finals instead of either of Ponor/Iordache or Izbasa. With Ponor and Iordache’s screw ups she likely would have qualified. Bulimar was also pulled from BB EF which she made over Lari, despite her parents refusal to sign the paperwork.
My personal fav things were always when in 01-04 quad the B&B minions (Amanar, Ungureanu, Isarescu, Gogean, etc) would Send Letter To The Newspaper whenever someone had complaints (Cojocars liver thing, Isarescu and Boboc wanting to retire in 2001, Petrovschi scandal in 2004 with her injuries and Bitang seeing her with boy outside her room and dragged her to gynecologist saying bc she didnt think shes a virgin, the whole NT dying in 2002) and they always read like: We Support Belu and Bitang And These Girls Can Speak When They Have Won Individual World Gold And Not Just Team Final
I’ll never forgive Gogean for calling Cojocar mediocre bc she didnt continue competing with her liver issues lmao