Sandra Izbaşa and Diana Chelaru have charmed the floor from Berlin, winning the gold and silver medals in the event finals on this apparatus yesterday.
Sandra Izbaşa won her third European floor title on floor, thus becoming the gymnast with the most European medals on floor."I don't really like this thing with idols. I want to do big things and become my own idol. I meet with myself every morning when I look in the mirror"
these are Sandra's words as she took a further step in becoming an idol for little girls who are trying to learn gymnastics. With Nadia further away in time, Izbaşa is now the dominant figure in the last five years. She has five European gold medals, an Olympic title and a big spot in the hearts of gymnastics fans.
Even from the start of her senior debut, Sandra promised to have a long 'amor' story with the floor. In 2006, at Volos, when she was 16, when she wore braces and was only dreaming of an Olympic title, Sandra won a gold medal on the Greek floor. There were the first glimpses of a little girls who then collected stickers.
The next year would be a sweet and sour year for Sandra, who won a silver medal in the all-around at the European championships, but at the World championships an ankle injury left her in tears. 2008 was to be the best year for the gymnast who was born in Bucharest. At the age of 18 she became once again European champion on floor, European champion with the team, but also the best gymnast on floor, at the time when she won her title in Beijing. "From the age of 18, a gymnast starts to mature"
, she said after that fabulous year. Nobody then thought that three years later Sandra would be again on a floor at an important competition. These thoughts became more striking after autumn 2009 when Sandra injured her Achilles tendon."Gymnastics has entered my blood"
, would be one of the explanations for why she didn't close the door of the gym for ever.
Yesterday in Berlin, she didn't perform a perfect floor routine, but at the 20 years she knows what a competition is. She knows how to mask her mistakes, detached and how to seduce. It's no wonder her floor music name is "Tango amore". With a new leotard, with new make-up. And yes, for gymnasts, every detail counts, with her blond hair in a pony tail, Sandra got a score of 14.500. While the judges were calculating her score, Sandra was with her thoughts, she was analyzing her mistakes and wasn't smiling. If after the vault finals, where she won gold, was more generous in this sense, yesterday she controlled herself. In the last six years, Sandra won three of the six medals on floor. She knows she can do better. She stared sharply, already seeing in the distance the world championships, the only medal that is missing from her medal record. 16 years ago, when she entered a gym, Sandra didn't know what was happening to her, but now everything lies in her hands, the hands which have been given up to thousands of hours of training.
born on June 18, 1990Olympic Games 2008
1 gold medal on floor
1 bronze medal with the teamWorld Championships 2006
1 bronze medal in the all-around
1 silver medal on beamWorld Championships 2007
1 bronze medal with the teamEuropean Championships 2006
1 silver medal with the team
1 bronze medal on beam
1 gold medal on floorEuropean Championships 2007
1 silver medal in the all-around
1 silver medal on beamEuropean Championships 2008
1 gold medal with the team
1 gold medal on floor
1 silver medal on beam
The Romanian girls have won a total of 27 European medals on floor throughout history.