Category: team romania

“If you did not blame Belu and every coach a…

“If you did not blame Belu and every coach at Onesti in the past quad for coaching and visibly only focusing on Larisa, you have no right to blame Forminte and Deva’s present coaches for only coaching Denisa(which does not happen).”

“I blame Olivia’s situation on Andreea…

“I blame Olivia’s situation on Andreea Raducan alone. As president of RGF she assumes every decision that Romania takes. I understand the 2 years ban for Olivia, each federation wants to discourage gymnasts from future migrations, but had Andreea done her job in time, Olivia could have been going for Stutgart. This whole mess is her fault and any medal Romania will earn from now on, it will not be her merit.”

“I’m re-watching the BBC coverage of t…

“I’m re-watching the BBC coverage of the 2010 worlds, and at some point they say that “[China’s] big battle [for gold] is with Russia, and always looking over their shoulders to Romania”. Oh, how things can change in only ten years…”

“I know Larisa wants to wait to come back/no…

“I know Larisa wants to wait to come back/not go to Stuttgart but I think she should consider just doing UB. Even if she just did bars that could help their total by like 6 points if people fall. I think if she were there Romania could qualify to Tokyo because girls like Ioana, Denisa, and Iulia can get around 13 on bars, then Iordache can get low 14, and their other events are mostly fine if they all hit+don’t get under scored”

“I miss the Stalder and Toe on 1.5’s that Ro…

“I miss the Stalder and Toe on 1.5’s that Romania used to teach their girls: Steliana Nistor, Ana Porgras, Gabriela Dragoi, Amelia Racea. Also I miss when they did inbars: Cerasela Patrascu, Ana Porgras, Raluca Haidu, Andreea Iridon.”


2019 Romanian National Team & Updates by Forminte (including injuries, staff problems and Chernobyl)

I gave up translating interviews lately, mostly because there’s not much to say, and if it is, it raises my pulse and I already have issues with that, but huge shout out to @airforcejuanaurelius​ for showing me Forminte’s latest interview and making my day. Gotta admit I missed the entertainment, because if you ignore the absurdity, he is quite the funny guy and below’s proof.

2019 NT – Denisa Golgota, Maria Holbura, Carmen Ghiciuc, Alexandra Mihai, Nica Ivanus, Laura Iacob, Maria Pana, Iulia Berar, Ana Maria Puiu, Ioana Crisan

(Forminte mentions having 10 seniors on the NT, names 9, says he’s forgetting someone, moves on, 2 minutes later remembers Crisan

Golgota will go to Doha and Baku WCs to prepare for Euros. Everyone skipped Jesolo because of the flu which delayed their training. Euros Team will probably be Golgota, Ghiciuc and Iacob, or maybe a miracle will happen with Berar and Puiu and they can get up to date with their training to be able to perform.

Golgota is the only healthy one, Mihai has been out with elbow pain for 2 years – eventually had surgery, Crisan has been struggling for 2 years with a twisted ankle – turns out she will also have surgery (‘to do something to her, I don’t know what, ‘cause I’m not a doctor’ – Forminte). Berar and Puiu have been out for 6 months due to ‘common pains’ (‘I’ve never seen such a generation before’ – Forminte).  Later on, he brags about how girls don’t get injured in Deva, apparently all the issues are from before, when they trained at the club.

He names several things contributing to the state of gymnastics, like how gymnasts aren’t as strong as before, you know, due to nutrition and Chernobyl (yes, he actually said that). Also, narrow selection pool, parents being too involved, no choreographer, no doctors on the NT (he has a point with the poor medical staff, though), etc. 

He mentions how, usually, when they have requests to local authorities, they usually get the standard response – ‘there’s no money’, but goes on to say that ‘fortunately, gymnastics can’t complain, as it has everything it needs to function, but we struggle with the staff, such as a choreographer, or a doctor.’ – Idk if he genuinely thinks they can’t find them in all of Romania, because, apparently, it’s not about the money?

The interviewer says he read about Larisa trying to come back and asks Forminte for more info, to which he responds ‘why would you think I’d know more about it?’ Turns out he read from the media that Larisa had the 3rd surgery and is trying to find a solution to train in Bucharest or Izvorani. She didn’t get in touch with him, so he doesn’t know what’s up with that.

Blames others for keep saying that there’s no hope for this generation which makes the girls and their parents lose motivation, totally ‘forgetting’ how he said that himself idk how many times.

“Last quad when the only good gymnasts Ro ha…

“Last quad when the only good gymnasts Ro had were Lari Didi and Cata, while the rest had less than 5 D routines and no potential upgrades, despite that coaches visibly only cared about these 3, nobody cared. Now when that everyone trains G+ skills, fans complain that they only coach Denisa. Where is the logic?”




Larisa will train with b&b

Raducan: “She really wanted to come back but now the main thing is that she does not rush. Just like the doctor said, there were 2 failed operations on her tendon. I hope everything will go as intended now and that this very talented kid will show everyone she can still compete and perform well. Larisa comunicated the fact she needs coaches to put her on the right track so she will be at the point she wants in a relatively short time. I perfectly agree with her and the choice of coaches was hers. Belu and Bitang have always been people who knew how to lend a hand in help of gymnastics, and they supported her in the period of unsuccessful surgeries. Larisa trusted them and so far everything is going very well according to the doctor.”

I like how she emphasized not rushing in the beginning and then said B&B will help Larisa get to where she wants to be in a relatively short period of time lol

Larisa Iordache Updates

She’s feeling well and hopes that at the end of the month when she’ll go to a final check-up the doctor will give her the green light to start training.

It’s been more than a year since she got injured and had 3 surgeries so far.

She tried to stay away from the gym for a while to see if she can get used to it, but it’s been hard which is why she wants to come back since she feels at home in the gym.

The hardest moment was after her 2nd surgery when she did 7 months of recovery for nothing. The tendon was still half torn, so recovery was still painful and she couldn’t make any progress. However, after going to Vienna for her 3rd surgery thanks to B&B she feels well, so it doesn’t matter now.

She hopes to make it to 2019 Worlds and some small meets before that to be able to get used to competing again.

The Tokyo Olympics is her goal and it would be a dream to get there, but can’t say if it will actually happen, she just hopes to be healthy.

Friends and family motivated her, and besides, gymnastics is her passion so that’s what gave her hope. Also, people wanting to see her back and telling her they missed her and her gymnastics inspire her and make her stronger.

“Having recently watched a lot of Olympic an…

“Having recently watched a lot of Olympic and world broadcasts, it’s frustrating that every slim gymnast related to Romania (e.g competes for Romania or has Romanian heritage) is instantly compared to Nadia. No, there will never be another Nadia; she was a trailblazer and a stunning gymnast. And all these gymnasts present themselves in their own unique ways. That individual style should be the focus, not repeated overhyped comparisons.”