After the successful comeback Catalina Ponor made after four years retirement,the Romanian national gymnastics team might be witnessing another one.
Sandra Izbasa who announced her retirement after last year’s World championships, has not completely abandoned gymnastics, even if she said that she doesn’t have the desire to spend anymore time in the gym after she’s done.
After her retirement, Sandra adjusted to life outside gymnastics. She is now studying for her master degree in kinesiotherapy. She also has accepted a job as a manager of the PR department of her club Steaua Bucharest. The club is owned by the Army, where Sandra is a lieutenant.
In an interview given to DIGISport
earlier this year , Sandra said that she’s feeling very good right now with what she has been doing and she wants to take everything step by step because she knows what’s best for her.“I have not gone to the gym for training with the girls since last year, December was the last time I went with them. I only go to the gym to take good care of my body and health and it’s always good not to suddenly stop”
said the 23 year old retired gymnast “I go whenever I have time to Izvorani and I constantly meet the girls and the coaches. I haven’t said goodbye like I was never to return there.”
said Sandra in the above mentioned article.
In DIGISport’s “Champions of DIGISport” show which was broadcast at the end of this March, Sandra stated that she is thinking of competing in Rio, but cannot give a straight answer because her return would depend on certain factors.“I will try in the future, I don’t know yet, if the code will allow me. I never said no, I have not completely given up on gymnastics. If I will manage to have a good competition at the European and World Championships I will try to come back, if not, I prefer to do what I am doing now and what makes me feel better”
Sandra told DIGISport “It would be very nice to compete at my 3rd Olympics, it would be something unique for Romania since no Romanian gymnast has ever competed at three Olympic games”.
We remind you that Sandra is the 2008 Olympic champion on floor and 2012 Vault Olympic champion. She also has two Olympic bronze medals, both won in team competition.
Translated by WOGymnastikA