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Liliana Cosma: We’ll do our best to find talent for 2024

Liliana Cosma offered a very interesting interview to Romania’s news agency Agerpres, talking about her career as a gymnast and as a coach, her hopes for the Deva Olympic Center, where she is the head coach and the newly unveiled national selection program. Find a translation of this interview here. Read more…

[Exclusive interview] Raluca Haidu: I hoped I would be able to go to the Olympics until the very last minute.

An exclusive interview with European Champion and one of Romania´s top gymnasts in the last couple of years, Raluca Haidu. Read more…

Octavian Bellu: In my opinion, the Europeans were a success

Octavian Bellu was the guest of the Romanian TV show “Confesiuni” (Confessions) for a 40 minute interview including appearances by Monica Roșu, Silvia Stroescu and Corina Ungureanu. Obviously, Mariana Bitang also had a thing or two to say from the Izvorani gym. The coach discussed his life and career and the current status of Romanian gymnastics. Read more…

Octavian Bellu: I’ve lived for gymnastics.

Right before leaving for the Moscow European Championships, Octavian Bellu was invited by Eugenia Vodă to a full hour interview for the Romanian Television show ”Profesioniștii” (The Professionals). Read more…

Sandra Izbasa: Worlds are the target for me.

In an interview for Romanian newspaper Prosport, Sandra Izbasa talks about her decision to keep training this year, her plans and how she readjusted to training at Izvorani. Read more…

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[Exclusive interview] Andreea Răducan: We had neither grips, nor the best infrastructure, yet our passion for this sport and the desire to become champions were great.

Andreea Răducan would really need no introduction. She is an Olympic, World and European champion,  journalist, writer and one of the managers of the Romanian Olympic Foundation. Read more…

Marian Dragulescu: The biggest achievement as a coach would be to continue your work through your pupils.

8 World and 9 European titles, 3 Olympic medals – a silver and 2 bronze – retirements and comebacks, doubling gold medals at the same meet, injuries, sacrifices but also a rebel character. Marian officially retired last month but is staying with gymnastics as a coach at Steaua Club. Read more…

Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar interview

Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar, in an interesting interview for Romanian newspaper Prosport, talking about 2012, London, the holidays, using grips on bars, the new code of points and what they expect from 2013.

Read the English and Romanian versions here. Read more…

Sandra: Having the anthem played for you and taking Romania with you everywhere means more to me than any financial reward.

Sandra recently gave an interview to the Romanian newspaper Prosport in which she discusses her current and future plans, the London Olympics, her relationship with her coaches and team mates, finishing college, money, personal life as well as being among the most beautiful gymnasts in the world.

Read the English, Spanish and Romanian versions here. Read more…

Octavian Bellu: For us, medals are circumstantial. The work of exceptional kids, not of a well organized system.

Octavian Bellu granted an interview to the Romanian press agency Agerpres in which he discusses the future of Romanian women´s gymnastics and sport in general. Read more…

Sandra Izbasa: If I look back on my career, there is more success than failure.

In a recent interview with Observatorul Militar, Sandra talked about the 2012 Olympic vault final, McKayla Maroney,  how she prepares for competition, the reason behind her mistake on floor, her future plans and the relationship with Bellu and Bitang. Here is what she said. Read more…

Octavian Bellu on the future of the gymnastics team and his responsibilities as National Sports Council coordinator.

After the London Olympics Games, Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang stated they would stay with the team but that, for them to continue, some requirements had to be met, starting with the training facilities. Read more…

Catalina Ponor: The secret of my success?! Work, more work, ambition and consistency.

Catalina´s next competition will be held in Mexico between the 22nd-25th of November. Read more…

Octavian Bellu: I remind myself every day I am the same school teacher I was when I first started.

His full name is Octavian Ioan Atanase Bellu and he was born on the 17th of February 1951 in Ploiesti. The World Records Academy has declared him the world´s most successful coach: more than 300 medals at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. He has been at every Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Games, 7 editions so far, around 20 World Championships, 17 Europeans and 8 World Cups. Read more…

Mariana Bitang: Your passion for a certain profession is like a virus you cannot get rid of.

Mariana Bitang and Octavian Bellu are also back in the gym, although they have not signed a new agreement with the Gymnastics Federation yet. Gymnastics’ “Iron Lady”, as Mariana Bitang is sometimes called, dicusses the new faces of this team, upgrading bars and what motivates her to keep going. Read more…

Andreea Raducan: People keep asking me why I don’t go into coaching.

In an interview for the Romanian newspaper Prosport, Andreea discusses her visit to Sibiu for The Medal Factory, coaching and the results of the current Romanian team. Read more…

Flavius Koczi: Life is beautiful from the podium.

Flavius Koczi, 24, is the most constant Romanian gymnast. He has made the continental podium for the past 7 editions. He is looking forward to London 2012 after winning the European gold medal on vault at this year’s Montpellier European Championships. Read more…

Mariana Bitang and Octavian Bellu interview

Mariana Bitang and Octavian Bellu discuss their strategy for London 2012 in a recent interview for Hotnews.ro. Read more…

Sandra Izbasa: We are a team, what happened at Euros created an even stronger bond between us.

In a recent interview for Prosport, Sandra talks about teamwork, becoming a vault specialist and the Olympic Games. Read more…

Dana Andrei: I want to make the team with all my heart.

Here is the March 17 episode of The Medal Factory featuring interviews with Diana Chelaru, Diana Bulimar, Amelia Racea, Raluca Haidu, Catalina Ponor, Mariana Bitang, Dragos Barzu, Gabi Dragoi, Dana Andrei and Larisa Iordache. Read more…

Catalina Ponor: When you feel you cannot do it anymore, you have to push yourself even harder!

For this episode of The Medal Factory, Andreea Raducan interviews Catalina Ponor, Larisa Iordache, Raluca Haidu, Georgeta Manolache and Mariana Bitang. Read more…

Larisa Iordache: What kind of gymnast would I be if I didn´t win an Olympic medal?

The 16 year old Bucharest native wants to take the world by storm in London, one of her first senior competitions. Larisa Iordache will be 16 on the 19th of June. She is one of the surprises of the Izvorani team, coached by Mariana Bitang and Octavian Bellu. Read more…

Catalina Ponor: Who said I would retire after the Olympics?

Catalina Ponor, the 2004 Athens Olympic Champion, gives us a lesson of will and strength in everything she does. At an age when many gymnasts are giving up the sport, Catalina, 24, decided to come out of retirement and reconfirm her position in elite gymnastics. Read more…

Izbaşa, looking forward to London: I cannot wait!

Sandra had to go through 2 other surgeries last year but says she will go till the end and get to her second Olympics. She has experienced all possible emotions from the joy of the Olympic, World and European medals to the disappointment of failures and injuries but she is still anxious for the London Olympic Games. Read more…

Ana Porgras: I will focus on beam and bars to help the team.

The 2010 World champion on beam, Ana Porgras, who will be 18 on the 18th of December, remembers her first steps in gymnastics. Read more…

Catalina Ponor: I´m a very strong person and I am able to get through any problem.

” I didn’t want to regret not trying, so I said I would try first and see what would happen.

Nadia supports me emotionally; any support from her is welcome.

My dream is to play the piano, I like it.”

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Marian Dragulescu: I want to offer this country a new Olympic champion in men’s gymnastics.

When he speaks about gymnastics, Marian Drăgulescu, 30, relaxes a bit. Even the orthopedic boot seems easier to wear. He breathes gymnastics, a “drug” he takes every day, which he tries to pass on to others through his World medals. Read more…

Catalina Ponor: I decided to come back after watching the World Championships

Three time Olympics champion, Cătălina Ponor was interviewed by another Olympic champion, Andreea Răducan for one of the episodes of her gymnastics TV show The Medal  Factory (Digisport). Here is the full interview. Read more…

Sandra Izbasa: I can win a lot of bronze and silvers, but I need gold

From one Olympic champion to another: Andreea Răducan interviews Sandra Izbașa at the Izvorani gym for her show The Medal Factory. Here is what Sandra told Andreea. Read more…

The first episode’s of Andreea Raducan’s ‘The Medal Factory’

What does gymnastics mean, the feelings of a gymnast who is far away from his family, the simple desires of a child who has chosen to dedicate his life to professional sport….well, “ The Medal Factory” will tell many stories, full of sensibility and sincerity. Read more…

Curaj Sandra, Ana and Catalina!

Sandra, Ana and Catalina were interviewed by Curaj România. Here is what each one of them said (original videos by Curaj România included). Read more…

Bellu: I´m still the same school teacher I was when I first started.

Cătălin Stavri: Hello Mr Bellu, thanks for allowing us to be here. We’d like you to tell us a little bit about the gymnastics achievements.

Octavian Bellu: There’s a lot to say. Especially at the Olympics, gymnastics, together with other important sports, remains a pillar for the Romanian delegation. As usual, everyone expects gymnastics to come back with as many medals as possible, the same happens with every sport that can bring medals. We are trying to maintain a high standard in what we do, to represent our country at the Europeans and especially at the World Championships, where we have the qualification for the Olympics. Read more…

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