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! Check around this website to learn more about Sandra!
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Sandra Izbașa, the harmony between performance and image
“Gymnastics is not a beauty contest, but if you are pretty as well, the better.”, says Sandra Izbaşa. Currently, one of the most beautiful gymnasts in the world, the Olympic floor champion remembers how her passion for this apparatus started.
Sandra Izbaşa is one of the only gymnasts which catches the judges' eyes through talent as well as through beauty.
Sandra Izbaşa, Olympic champion: ”It matters everywhere, not only on floor. But if there are gymnasts who are less beautiful, but talented, it doesn't matter if that extra gram of beauty exists or not. Gymnastics is not like a beauty contest. If you are, the better. God let me stay this way. The first time when I entered a gym I changed my clothes, and the coach told me: you will look good as a gymnast and you will be a tall girl. I looked at her and said: how does she know everything?.
Reigning Olympic champion on floor, Sandra Izbaşa explains her passion for this apparatus.
“I liked it very much when I was small, my dad would play classical music, and it drew me a lot. I would pose and I liked being pricked and to show the world who I was. Then I started to develop this ability towards the floor exercise more than on the other apparatus, because there was a lot of artistry and I was very passionate about it.”