What do you think has to be done to save Romanian gymnastics? It’s so sad how it fell apart 🙁
I don’t know if it will ‘save’ Romanian gymnastics, but to improve the situation, first of all, they need to hire the best sports psychologist they can find. It’s obvious the girls have been needing that in the last few years and it’s totally understandable given the huge pressure they’re under. That is actually one of the easiest changes they can implement, since it’s not something big like buying equipment or building a gym, it’s just one man’s salary, and I think it can actually make a difference in the girls’ performance.
The coaches need to stop glorifying one single gymnast. We can joke all we want about how ‘x/y/z is the savior of Romanian gymnastics’, but a coach should not. They need to form a team, and putting one gymnast above the others/putting all their hopes in one gymnast is not the way to do it. It’s been already proven in 2015 that a gymnast alone, be it even one of the best AAers in the World, can’t carry a team by herself.
They need to give everything to the current generation instead of giving up and projecting all their hope (and pressure) onto the juniors. We’ve seen it too many times lately. There’s nothing we can do now, but next year we’ll have Munteanu, then Iridon/Jurca, then Cimpian/Crisan, then Golgota. Same thing happened now after Euros. ‘It’s bad now, but don’t worry, the junior team is awesome, they’ll make it big’. It’s wrong both because it was proven as a bad strategy bofere, and because the junior Euros team can’t help with the Tokyo qualification since they turn senior in 2020.
If it’s true they don’t have a choreographer, they need to get one asap. Just like the sports psychologist, this is not a huge effort.
Ideally, a coaching staff revamp would be great, but I don’t see that happening. No offence, but it’s just not working out. Idk, maybe they have the technical skills, but if for the last few years most of their girls ‘have not been motivated’ or ‘have been unwilling to work’ (their own words) and have been having confidence issues in competition, just let someone else try out. It hasn’t been one or two gymnasts, it’s been way too many. Maybe others would do a better job, maybe other coaches would know how to motivate their athletes, how to make them confident in their own strength. Most gymnasts around the world are teenagers, and yet you don’t see their coaches complain non stop about it. It’s not a genetic trait for Romanian 16 year olds to be especially difficult. Shocking, I know, but teenagers can be motivated if you know how to.
*Later edit: Also, the girls should be allowed to join the National Team with their club coaches, like they do in Russia for example. Changing coaches and having to get used to a different coaching style altogether in such a critical moment, instead of staying with the people you’re used to working with, can really affect one’s career/results.