With over a month since the World Championships in Rotterdam concluded, Sandra Izbaşa (20 years old) explains why she heavily regreted not winning a medal on floor exercise and why she believes that God gave her a second chance to continue in the sport.
Libertatea: Sandra, you spoke very little in the press about the World Championships in Holland. Was it a disappointment for you?
Sandra Izbaşa: I would be unfair if I said so. After the injury which I had (she tore her ACL), I think it was a lucky comeback. Practically, God gave me a second chance to compete in gymnastics and I took it with pleasure. With 3 months before the World Championships, I didn't even think I would be on the team. With the help of the coaches, who strongly believed in me, I came back on the team and helped the team on 3 apparatus.Did you think you would get a medal?
I said it clearly, before heading to Rotterdam, that I am not thinking about winning a medal. I was happy that I was once again on the team and that I can practice artistic gymnastics again.But didn't you regret that you didn't get a medal on floor?
I mostly regreted the fact that I gave my medal away, how it's said, to another gymnast from another country. I was in grief from this point of view.
Obviously, there's a question coming that you surely were expecting...(laughts)
You want to ask me if I still want to do gymnastics? The answer is a positive one.She isn't thinking about retirementUntil when?
I am 20 years old and I think that gymnasts at this age shouldn't think of retirement. We are barely stretching for the big performance sport. At this age we think completely different. We are no longer children who act like little robots. The relationship between the athlete and the coach is one of collaboration. They understand us and they support us 100%, and we need to act like professional sports women.Decorată cu «Meritul Sportiv»
Sandra Izbaşa won, together with the Olympic national team, numerous medals at Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships. But Sandra's most precious medal is the Olympic gold, which she won at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. At the same competition, she was also on the cover of the magazine "FHM" Spain, where Almudena Cid appeared on it; where Sandra was chosen as one of the most sexiest gymnasts to have a bronze medal with her team. As a result of her results, Izbaşa was decorated the 'Merit Sports' award. In her gymnastics record, the gymnast has also won silver on beam and bronze in the all-around at the World Championships in 2006, bronze with the team at the 2007 World Championships, gold on floor, silver with the team and bronze on the beam at the European Championships in 2006, silver in the all-around and on beam at the European Championships in 2007 and gold with the team and on floor and silver on beam at the European Championships in 2008.Chosen by FHM Spain as one of the sexiest
The gymnast Almudena Cid, who pozed for FHM, Spanish edition, was chosen the most sexiest in the world on the site "Bleacher report", which consulted all the sports women in sports activity. Sandra Izbaşa was on eight place. From where does our gymnast knows that she is included in this? “I am finding out from you! I didn't know that I was giving such a good impression. I can say that it honours me, but this doesn't mean I will take it too seriously, that I will ever consider myself as a celebrity. Not at all!”
, Izbaşa told us.