Interview: Ten Questions with Sandra Izbasa

TCG Romanian reporter Beatrice Gheorghisor asked recently returned Olympic floor champion Sandra Izbasa the TCG Ten Questions….

What is one thing your coaches are always having to tell you?

During the training, there are the directions and during the contest, there are encouragements. The directions are never the same because the mistakes are never the same!

If you were to go to the Olympics for another sport, what would you want it to be?


If you could change one rule in gymnastics, what would it be?

I would change the Code of Points: I would change many things regarding the vault and  the balance beam and also the floor. Maybe for the uneven bars although I don’t train that apparatus but I would like to have a better chance of getting higher scores!  On floor, I would increase the value of certain elements that are very difficult : for instance a full twisting back tuck is worth the same as a full twisting back piked and I think that the piked one is more difficult. Also I would reward some connections better.

What was your proudest moment?

The moment of the Olympics in 2008. The Olympic Gold is something that you always remember.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I did not have any funny mishaps, nothing to be embarrassed about. Because when I had an unpleasant moment it was awfully bad, not the funny kind of unpleasant.

Sandra with her coaches

What makes you angry?

Nothing. Now, after the injury I had to rebuild my life. I had a really tough time in the past and now I am beginning a new chapter. And I see life with more mature eyes.

What makes you laugh?

All the charismatic people that surround me. They make me laugh, I feel good around them…

If you could be anyone famous who would you be?

An actress? I like very much Angelina Jolie, among singers: Beyonce and there are more people that I like.

If you could have the career of any other gymnast, who would it be?

I would choose my career any day; I am proud of it.

What makes gymnastics different from other sports?

The elegance, the maturity that an athlete needs to have in order to do this, because it is difficult, we don’t just concentrate to walk, there are four apparatuses, six apparatuses for the men; the ambition, the team spirit, that is needed in other disciplines as well but it’s also important for us.

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The new routine

Sandra Izbasa, the 2008 Olympic champion on floor exercise, debuted a new routine in Ghent using folk staples “Hava Nagila” and “Kalinka” (tucked full-in; 1 1/2 to triple twist; 2 1/2 punch front full).

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Here is Sandra’s new routine from the event finals(Ghent World Cup).

Izbaşa got the OK!

After exactly a year since her Achilles’ tendon injury, Sandra Izbaşa is back on international competitions

The Olympic Champion on floor was selected by her coaches Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang to perform at World Cup in Ghent next week. (11-12th of September)
Although she recovered perfectly a few months ago her exercises on three events: floor, beam and vault, Sandra was held back from competing because she needed to accumulate a sufficient number of repetitions. “I want to take things slow, I don’t want to force anything. There is still a lot of work and I am aware of that“, Sandra told us.

In Belgium will also compete The European Champion on beam Amelia Racea, Ana Porgras şi Diana Chelaru.

New video!

We have some images with the girls training in Izvorani. You can see Sandra doing 540 + 1080 and 900 + 360 (direct combination). Yay!!!! I can’t wait to see her competing again!

Sandra’s back! :)

Anna from Italy ask me to make a summary in English to the previous article, so here it is:

Sandra Izbasa recovered her exercises on vault, floor and beam and she already thinks of new challenges.

A lot of work, hundreds of repetitions, an individual training program followed day by day, combined with ambition and determination: „Sandra is training well, she perfectly recovered her routines, we can say she recovered also her difficulty, meaning she recovered the floor exercise she had before” – Anca Grigoras. With competitive routines, Sandra can return in competitions right next week when romania meets Great Britain in Ipswich.

Even if „IG” is doubtless about Sandra’s comeback, Anca Grigoras declares: „Even if Sandra seems ready, we are not sure that after this period wherein she had so much to recover she’s totally prepared. Although she works well the routines on three aparatus she doesn’t have a sufficient number of repetitions, so that we’ll take a decision only a couple a days before we leave”. Sandra’s comeback was planned for 17th-19th of September at Romanian Nationals in Resita.

I really really hope we’ll see Sandra in Ipswich because I missed her a lot 😀 but also because she needs to compete to regain her confidence.

Yay!!! Izbasa to Compete Against Great Britain

2008 Olympic floor exercise champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania is planning to compete in a dual meet against Great Britain in Ipswich, England, Aug. 12-14.

Izbasa, who turned 20 on June 18, tore her right Achilles’ tendon in September 2009 while preparing for the London world championships. She told IG earlier this year that she probably would not compete at all in 2010. Now she is planning to compete on vault, balance beam and floor exercise in Ipswich. Health permitting, she will most likely compete at the Rotterdam worlds in October.

In other Romanian news, the drama surrounding Nicolae Forminte seems to have been resolved. Forminte, who took over as women’s head coach in 2005, when Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang retired, resigned earlier this summer when he learned that the Romanian Gymnastics Federation had recruited the expertise of Bellu and Bitang for the national team. After taking a vacation, Forminte returned to his post, but only briefly. Now he is looking elsewhere for a coaching position.

The national team has been training in Izvorani (outside of Bucharest) over the summer, but plans are not finalized for the fall. Also, it is still unknown which coaches will accompany the women’s team to the world championships in Rotterdam.

Could the successful tandem of Bellu and Bitang be walking the sidelines again? Stay tuned.

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Sandra at Nadia Comaneci International Invitational

International Gymnast Magazine published an article about the upcoming competition “Nadia Comaneci International Invitational” in Oklahoma City and also offered us some great videos from girl’s training.

2008 Olympic floor exercise champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania leads the field, which also includes her 2007 worlds teammate Daniela Druncea.

Izbasa and Druncea trained are training all four events, and worked efficiently in training. After a brief warmup, they moved to vault. They each performed one Yurchenko timer, then flipped one tucked Yurchenko, then one tucked Yurchenko-full and then multiple layout Yurchenko-fulls. After brief tests of the other equipment, they immediately began performing half and then full routines.

Here are Izbasa and Kononenko training balance beam. It seems like Sandra has a new element, “wolf jump with 360 turn”, you can see it at minute 0:59 in this video.

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