Welcome to Sandra Izbașa Online, dedicated to the talented Romanian Artistic Gymnast Sandra.
Sandra is the Gold Medalist in the Floor Exercise Final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a Bronze medalist with her team! She is also the All Around Champion of the 2008 Arthur Gander Memorial and the 2008 Nadia Comaneci Invitational.
2011 brought Sandra the European title on vault and floor!
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Videos from Lileshall - first day
Sandra competed a beautiful Podkopayeva on vault but she had a few problems on uneven bars dismount and a fall on beam as far as I heard.

Posted on Sep 20 2011.

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GBR, ROM and POR final rehearsal for Tokyo

Away from the public eye, in the seclusion of the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire, the British and the Romanian women’s teams along with two guests from Portugal had a three-day training camp followed by friendly competition on Saturday, 17th and Sunday, 18th September.

Led by the triple World Champion on bars Beth Tweddle the British won the team event 1.55pts ahead of their guests (229.45:227.90). The current British Champion Hannah Whelan scored highest in the all-around (57.95), followed by the Romanians Amelia Racea (57.30) and Ana Porgras (57.05).

In the Sunday’s apparatus finals Tweddle won the bars (15.325) and the floor (14.950) with another set of fluent performances, while Raluca Haidu (ROM) was best on vault (14.725) and Ana Porgras (ROM) - on beam (15.250).

Octavian Bellu, Head Coach of Romania:

This was a very useful competition for us. Everybody is now looking forward to the World Championships in Tokyo and it was good to check the level of our preparation, to see what the judging standards and criteria are, so that in the remaining ten days we can do some adjustment to our exercises and then, hopefully, compete well in Tokyo. We are, of course, aiming to qualify a full team for London 2012, but the results in Japan are not our prime target; we take these World Championships only as a stage of our preparation for London 2012.

On Catalina Ponor, triple gold medallist from Athens 2004, who performed three routines out of contest, he stated:
She returned to competition 4 years after she had retired and in 6 months only she achieved a spectacular come back to form. I believe that she will continue improving, so that she is at her best next year in London”.

Adrian Stan, BG Technical Director for women:

“That was a very positive event for us and a milestone in our preparation for the Tokyo World Championships. Everybody in the team is in a very good mood, contained, calm and ready to go.
The results in this competition were a bit unexpected for us! What we hope now is to deliver the same level of performance in Tokyo and to end the Competition I in a position better than the 8th.
(I.e. the top 8 teams in Tokyo will qualify automatically for London 2012).”

Source: www.british-gymnastics.org


1. Great Britain 229.450
2. Romania 227.900

1. Hannah Whelan 57.950
2. Amelia Racea 57.30
3. Ana Porgras 57.050

1. Raluca Haidu 14.725
2. Amelia Racea

Uneven Bars
1. Beth Tweddle 15.325
2. Raluca Haidu

Balance Beam
1. Ana Porgras 15.250
2. Danusia Francis 14.750
3. Diana Bulimar
3. Hannah Wheelan

1. Beth Tweddle 14.950
2. Diana Bulimar
3. Diana Chelaru
Posted on Sep 20 2011.

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GER-SUI-ROU Results and Videos

ERZINGEN, 10th of September 2011.

1. Romania 229.250
2. Germany 224.100
3. Switzerland 206.450

The Romanian Team: Amelia Racea, Daniela Andrei, Diana Bulimar, Raluca Haidu, Sandra Izbașa and Ana Porgras.
Cătălina Ponor competed also but unoficially.

AA Results:
1. Ana Porgras 58.100
2. Amelia Racea 56.950
3. Diana Bulimar 56.350
4. Raluca Haidu 56.300
5. Nadine Jarosch 55.950
6. Daniela Andrei 55.500

For details click here: Team Results, AA Results

Sandra competed only vault, bars and beam.
Her scores were: 14.15 on vault (D 5.0), 13.20 on bars (D 5.4) and 14.15 on beam (D 5.2).

Warming up on bars:

Posted on Sep 20 2011.

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Nationals without Sandra
Today, romgym.ro announced that Sandra, Larisa and Diana Chelaru won't compete this week-end at the Romanian Nationals due to some medical problems. sad

“As it concerns the girls, despite absent, such as those of Sandra Izbasa, Chelaru Diana and Larisa Iordache or because of medical problems, we expect the benefits of quality, interest is obviously high in their part so the sport and the technicians, the group or club, because we see everything currently through the upcoming World Championships in Tokyo and, of course, the Olympics next year in London and the responsibilities and demands are high...”, Anca Grigoraș declared for romgym.ro. (translated by TCG)

TVR Video

I hope is nothing too serious and Sandra and Diana will be ready for Worlds.
Posted on Aug 24 2011.

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The Medal Factory - Episode 3 with Sandra Izbasa

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Posted on Aug 23 2011.

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Courage, Sandra Izbașa!

Thank you, Curaj România!
Posted on Aug 19 2011.

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New pictures!
The photo gallery was updated with new pictures from training! Thank you Curaj România for providing a license for us to use your images on the website and for all the support you give to our athletes!

These photos are only available with the permission of Curaj România Team. Visitors wishing to copy the images should contact them for permission.

Training, August 2011

Posted on Aug 17 2011.

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Nationals are close!

Created by Cristina Rus

Next week, between 26 and 28th of August 2011, the Romanian National Championships will take place in the “Nadia Comăneci” Hall from Onești.

A great news is that the Great Britain team will also compete Friday, in team competition. You can see Elizabeth Tweddle, Hannah Whealan, Jennifer Pinches, Imogen Cairns and other seniors and juniors from GB.

Click here to read more about the Schedule of the Romanian Championships
Posted on Aug 17 2011.

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Ready to compete
It looks like Sandra wants to surprize us for the next competitions!
Good luck, Sandra!

Posted on Aug 08 2011.

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Sandra Izbaşa wants to defend her Olympic title in London 2012
Sandra frumoasa

Sandra Izbasa, the only European Olympic Champion at the last edition of the Games, comes from a sport where 18-19 year olds are considered “old” and life in a training camp and the actual trainings that used to measure days between competitions are just a memory.

In exactly 1 year, Sandra wants to defend the Olympic title on floor she won in Beijing. She will be 22 years old - she was born on the 18th of June, 1990 - and will set a new record for Romanian gymnastics: she will be the oldest Romanian to compete at the Olympics and the 6th in the select club of gymnasts who’ve made two Olympic Games after Nadia Comăneci, Cristina Grigoraș, Lavinia Miloșovici, Gina Gogean and Simona Amânar.

ProSport visited Sandra at Izvorani, on a normal summer day. This year’s European Champion talked about how it feels to be “old” at 21, what motivates her to compete in London and the surprise she is preparing for this fall’s Tokyo Worlds.

How is Sandra at 21?
Coming of age in the US (laughs). There’s no difference, it’s the same at 20, 19, maybe a bit more mature. I don’t think I’m old for gymnastics, on the contrary. This is when a gymnast becomes mature in the way she thinks, in the skills she does. You get to do more routines, you surpass the learning stage and you perfect the skills.

How do you balance your training schedule with the temptations typical for this age?
I’ve gotten used to this life, it’s not a problem for me. After 8 years in a training camp, do you think one year or two more make a big difference? Besides, it’s not as strict as it seems.

You will be 22 in London...
I probably won’t even be thinking about it. It doesn’t matter how old you are, but rather how well you hold up, if you can handle the coaches’ requirements, if you are well prepared physically. You can do gymnastics at 30, it’s in your hands, it all depends on your fighting spirit and ambition.

You already won gold at the Olympics, are you motivated enough to win a second one?
Yes, the more gold, the better (laughs). Of course this is what I want, this is why I’m in the gym, I dream about this. I’m training thinking about London, I want to be there and defend my Beijing title. When you want to be the best, you can always find motivation.

After 3 years and an important injury, what did it mean for you to be on the podium this year?
Work, desire, satisfaction after a lot of work and some joy.

Why some? You won two gold medals after all...
I’m not saying the European medals are not important, I worked for them and I won them fairly, but I’m hoping for more, World and Olympic gold.

Will you keep the “Tango Amore” song with which you won gold?
Yes, this will actually be the only thing that stays.

What do you mean? What will be new at Worlds?
Everything. From beam, floor, vault and...

Will you be doing parallel bars?
We’ll see. What I can now say is that you’ll see a totally new Sandra Izbasa. I haven’t showed everything I can in competition and I want to bring a surprise in Tokyo.

Is there anything your coaches keep telling you?
(laughs) “Calm down, Sandra!”, because I have a lot of energy in competition.

Do you have a favorite medal?
The Olympic one in Beijing because of its value and the two medals at this year’s Euros because I never thought I would come back and they gave me the impulse to dream of more.

What was the worst moment you’ve gone through?
Not winning a medal at the 2010 WC, when I stepped out on floor. This was when I told myself there was no point in continuing with gymnastics.

Do you remember the last compliment someone made you?
At Europeans, after winning gold on vault many people said: “Wow, we didn’t think you’d come back like this and that you’d go so far on vault!”

How did you achieve this?
Thanks to Mr. Bellu and Mrs. Mariana, who believed I could do this. Honestly, I can still hardly believe it because I know that when I say I won’t vault, then I won’t. They told me: “Let’s try, let’s see what comes out of this!” And now I’m working on improving my second vault!!

What do you expect from the Tokyo Worlds?
To have a strong team in the first place that can take us on the podium, although I would dare to say I want to be first, to win gold with the team. I hope I’m not asking too much….And for the apparatus finals, be as it may! Those who will control their nerves will win, those who won’t will have to try again!

Sandra frumoasa

Source: Prosport, Translated by Romanian Gymnastics Fans

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