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FSfan107
01-17-2012, 03:23 AM
I'm really sad to hear Ana is retiring.:( I loved her gymnastics and style. I don't blame her for not wanting to carry on under Belu and Bitang.

ioana
01-17-2012, 05:39 AM
The Russian coaches would've been much smarter with Ana, Romania didn't deserve her to begin with. They produce stock crap year after year, its not about beautiful gymnastics to Belu and Bitang, its about winning.

Bitang didn't even deserve poor Simona Mocanu when she was a lowly club coach in Brasov. She's already giving interviews saying "nobody is irreplaceable." I want her to keep up that line of defense when they get back from London without any medals.

bek
01-17-2012, 12:21 PM
Who knows what happened but B/B and Ana and I think they played a role. I must say them going off and screaming about how bad their gymnasts were after Worlds really left a bad taste in my mouth.

There are times I guess when coaches need to call out their athletes.. But I really didn't feel like that's what they were doing. My feeling was that they were trying to blame the lack of success on the athletes. They were the coaches, it was their job to make sure their athletes were prepared etc. I felt too the mere fact that those two were new to the job with those particular girls made it worse. They were still earning those girls trust.

Fridge_Break
01-17-2012, 04:44 PM
Is Romania downhill without any brakes? Ponor doesn't do bars, and I don't think Izbasa does either. With a 5-3-3 format, that my friends, is a sticky situation.

Scintillation
01-17-2012, 04:52 PM
I thought they were both training bars again...?
And from what I saw of the Romanian team, I didn't think they did a terrible job. They didn't have near enough the difficulty to compete with the top athletes. How do you expect these girls to medal when they don't have the difficulty to go up against the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans? I felt like they were going with their usual plan--wait for everyone else to screw up while hitting their easier routines. It didn't happen.

ioana
01-17-2012, 05:31 PM
^ That's the problem...B&B are all about fail safe routines when at least with Forminte as head coach gymnasts were at least allowed -if not encouraged- to go for higher difficulty. Not that he didn't have his shortcomings, but he was never given a chance to head the team long enough to make a difference.

FiveRinger
01-18-2012, 03:36 AM
Well, from all indications Romania, as a team, needs to be looking forward to Rio because London is a bust.

vesperholly
01-19-2012, 08:15 AM
Romania is done. I am so sorry for Ana but I kind of love that she did this. I just hope she doesn't regret it.

Agreed. She really stuck it to Bela & Bitang by quitting right before the Olympics. I'm sorry to see her go, but glad that she did it (as always) with style. :lol:

Rob
01-19-2012, 07:09 PM
I thought they were both training bars again...?


I did read that, but I can't imagine using either in 3-3 format. They'll need Racea and Haidu, won't they?

ilovesalchows
01-30-2012, 08:18 PM
Doesn't sound like Shawn is making much progress with her knee injury. IG has an update:

http://www.intlgymnast.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3115:knee-still-holding-back-shawn&catid=2:news&Itemid=166

I am sorry for Shawn, it is going to be very hard to make the team wiht only 5 spots. I am not really sure what she can add that is invaluable.

BigB08822
01-30-2012, 09:48 PM
Shawn really was so useful because she gave us a high score on 3 events and a decent score on bars. It was her consistency that was so useful. However, there is nothing NOW that warrants putting her on the team. She has no Amanar and even if she did, we have plenty of vaults. Her beam has not been consistent and the US has done very well on beam under this COP. Floor has been a no go from her for the most part. Bars is still a solid score but no where near what would be needed to be taken, Liukin will snatch that spot over her in an instant. Johnson's one place on the Olympic team would be as a solid high scoring AAer who we could count on for 3 big routines. That is not going to happen. She will be lucky to be named as an alternate. I also wonder how much of her knee is mental because I have heard a lot of talk about how she doesn't trust her knee. If she doesn't trust herself to make landings then she simply can't do the difficulty needed.

Loves_Shizuka
01-30-2012, 10:49 PM
This is what Ana Porgras is up to these days (http://www.intlgymnast.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=123&pictureid=1127)

Yup (http://www.intlgymnast.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=123&pictureid=1128)

Rob
01-30-2012, 11:02 PM
the link says you have to be logged in to view it. What is she up to?

mrinalini
01-30-2012, 11:23 PM
This is what Ana Porgras is up to these days (http://www.intlgymnast.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=123&pictureid=1127)

Yup (http://www.intlgymnast.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=123&pictureid=1128)

OMG, I couldn't identify her at first - the blonde look absolutely does not suit her at all. And with that hot pink spotted monstrosity on you'd be hard pressed to imagine that she won the Longines prize for elegance at last year's Worlds.

I guess that about covers what she was up to, doesn't it Rob? :lol: Basically, Ana is now sporting a radically different look from her wispy waifish days and is pictured with some similar looking pals at what appears to be a party or something.

Loves_Shizuka
01-30-2012, 11:28 PM
Oh sorry! My bad!

Does this work??

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/2442/user20298pic11271327278.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/23/user20298pic11271327278.jpg/)

http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/6357/user20298pic11281327278.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/user20298pic11281327278.jpg/)