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!
Sandra Izbasa: “I Know That I Have to Better Myself”
Sandra Izbasa describes the road from Beijing to London as “four years between agony to ecstasy” in an interview by Mirela Basescu (Prosport). Sandra talks about her injury, about how she wrote to the federation that she wanted to retire (before 2009 Euros) and about the happiest moments of this period, which came from hard work. Are these ups and downs as well as the long periods of break a possible explanation of how she managed to stick around for another Olympics?
Did you ever think, after Beijing, that you will go to London?
Honestly, no. I remember that after I won the gold, there were a few reporters that asked me if, after fulfilling my Olympic dream, I will see them in London too. It was the most definite “I don’t think so” I have ever said, and now, after four years, I am still in the gym.
How were these last four years?
From agony to ecstasy, with two years outside the gym, with an injury after which I didn’t think I will be able to walk again, gymnastics being out of question at that time, and then with two years of hard work after which results started to appear.
What was the most difficult moment of the last four years?
The one with the injury. I don’t even know how did I manage to overcome what happened, I allowed time to heal everything on its own, because I remember that when I started my recovery I didn’t think I had the slightest chance to come back. It was a period during which I could not watch my floor routine, because that was the event on which I got injured.
Are the emotions, the nerves, stronger than in Beijing?
I don’t know, they shouldn’t be. They are constructive nerves, like before any other competition, maybe some extra pressure let’s say. Everybody expects that, after the results we had at Euros, we will win as many medals as possible in London. We are training to do that, to do well, it will depend on the day we have too…
In the last years, did you ever think seriously about retirement?
Yes, right before my injury from 2009, before Euros. I felt that I was not able to continue, I even send a letter to the federation that I didn’t want to participate in that competition. I can say that at that time I was 90% retired. Then the injury happened and everything changed, I had to move on.
You came back for 2010 Worlds and you had those steps out of bounds. Did that affect you?
Naturally, but I tried not to think about it too much and find new landmarks to be able to go on. And the answer came six months later, at Euros when I won two gold medals.
You seem to have bad luck at Worlds. Last year you had to withdraw from the team right before they left for Tokyo…
It was frustrating, because I really wanted to go there, I had added new elements, but the health problems held me back. Trying to protect the foot on which I had suffered the tendon reconstruction surgery, I injured my other foot.
On how many events will you compete in London?
Four, uneven bars and beam for the team and on floor and vault I want to fight for event finals.
A new Olympic floor routine begins to take shape?
Yes. After searching a lot, I have also found the song, “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd. There is a lot of movement but I have time to breathe too. I think it suits me and I hope the audience will like it. I am going to London to show to the world what I have worked for all these years, to show that the Olympic title was not an accident.
How do you see the competition for floor, with Larisa and Catalina?
I don’t think about them as my direct competitors because I am my own enemy. Everyone trains to be the best, and I know that I have to be better than myself, not better than Catalina or Larisa.
What are your expectations in London?
I want to be healthy and present my routines exactly the way I have trained them, to be able to control my nerves and in the end everybody to be satisfied.
Translation: Bea Gheorghisor for TCG
Posted on Jul 29 2012