2008 Olympic floor champion, Sandra Izbaşa says that she hopes for a gold medal on the apparatus which brought her Olympic success. She already has 2 gold medals in her medal-record from the European Championships on floor, in 2006 and 2008.
Izbaşa will go to the European Championships in Berlin (between April 6-10) with teammates Diana Chelaru, Amelia Racea and Ana Porgras. This year there will be no team competition, only individual all-around competition and event finals.- Sandra, how are you feeling after winning the floor final at the French International?
- It has given me a lot of confidence. Needless to say, I’m now hoping for gold in Berlin.- Who will be stronger, the Russians or us?
- We will be the best, not the Russian girls.- Do you fear competing against Diana Chelaru on floor?
- What matters is that we’re both Romanian. I’d like us to tie (for gold). If that’s not the case, then maybe one of us ranked first and the other ranked second.- Have you prepared anything special for these European Championships?
- I have a few secrets, but I’d rather keep those to myself, because that’s what secrets are all about.- Have you got over what happened at the Rotterdam Worlds?
- Yes, I’ve got over getting out of bounds. I’ve trained four months to get over that.- For which finals do you hope to qualify at the European Championships?
- Floor and vault. I’ll also do beam in qualification, but only to get more of a feel for the competition.- How are you feeling physically?
- Very good, I don't fell any pain anymore.- How are you getting on with your new floor music?
- Very well. I’m beginning to feel it, and I like it a lot.- You are now a mature gymnast and can analyse yourself. What are the current shortcomings of the gymnast Sandra Izbaşa?
- There are shortcomings, but that’s what I’m working on, to get rid of the shortcomings.