Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Make It Or Break It: Coach of the Year
This and That
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Decision # 5 - Decision of the ISU Council on Eligibility of Mr. Evgeny Plushenko (RUS)
Based on evidence presented the Council has concluded that Mr. Evgeny Plushenko breached the ISU eligibility rule 102, paragraph 2, i) of the ISU General Regulations and as a consequence has become ineligible under paragraph 7 a) of that rule. The evidence has proved to the satisfaction of the Council that Mr. E. Plushenko, a skater and member of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSFR), skated in exhibitions held in March and April 2010, in Russia and other countries, without the express prior authorization of the FSFR. Such activity is a breach of the ISU eligibility rules and results in the loss of eligibility.
The present decision communicated to both Mr E. Plushenko and the FSFR may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland, within 21 days upon receipt of the decision, in accordance with Article 25, paragraph 2, c) of the ISU Constitution.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
This and That
Could be even better. I still need to fix some skills and I’m working
on UB, FX and VT. I only try one vault, however, so that if need be I
could help the team.
What made you decide to come back?
I missed gymnastics and I made a bet. Last year, my boyfriend Jonathan
said he’d like to see me compete once more. It was a joke bet that
came to life.
Your first step…
In October when I competed for the club where I worked. I did an easy
floor routine and ever since I realized I still have “reserves” to do
Was it hard to adapt?
It is hard and I’m fighting some pain in my tendons. I have tendonitis
that’s really torturing me, but I don’t want to give up now and regret
What’s training camp like?
I don’t stay in Izovrani. I commute daily to Ploieşti. It takes about
25 minutes and I really like driving. It relaxes me.
Does training with Belu and Bitang feel like déjà-vu?
It’s as if time stood still; everything’s the same. That’s how I left
gymnastics and that’s how I continue thinking about competing.
What is the degree of difficulty of the routines you have?
I only work on separate skills, not entire routines, but I’m hoping to
start linking them soon. On bars, I would have a 5.8 SV and on floor a
5.5. I need to be honest with myself; I don’t have any illusions, only
concrete things that I could get through work.
Is it hard to get ready for the new code?
Every code requires a lot of work. The unevens seem to have gotten
very difficult; it’s very perfection-oriented. The rest remained the
same [shocking to hear a Romanian talk about UB difficulties]
Your first competition…
Romanian Nationals, because that’s how the preparation was thought out.
What are your future goals?
To get a spot on the Worlds team. This is the reason why I train, but
also a test. I said that if in nine months nothing comes together, I no
longer belong here.
and part of her interview with Libertatea
What’s it like training with Belu and Bitang?
For me, it’s as if I never left Deva. It’s like I don’t even feel this
10-year break. With all my heart, I’m glad they are back in the gym as
Which of the current gymnasts do you get along with best?
All of them are dear to me. They’re so small and cute. Sometimes I get
nostalgic and I remember how I was when I trained at Deva. I do have
an added admiration towards Sandra Izbaşa who is an extraordinary girl
and very ambitious. I’m convinced that she has the strength to come
back to the training level that she had before the Olympics
Tamarjan had also announced her retirement plans after she finishes
her high school graduation exams.
Grigoras is trying to tip toes around Tămîrjan’s weight problems.
“It’s normal for Ana to think about retirement because she’s had
injuries that ended in surgeries. The recovery time was fairly long;
she’s matured; everything’s changed; these are problems that all
children her age are facing. We are hoping however that she will find
the strength to overcome them and come back alongside us [the team].”
(I love the children bit…The whole problem here is that she’s no longer
a child but a grown woman –with all the curves that come along with
The Softer Side
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Music of Mao Asada
Friday, June 25, 2010
This and That
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Be Good Johnny Weir: Season Finale
Olympic Champions: Then And Now
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Shock of all Shocks
Monday, June 21, 2010
The Way To Embark On A Pro Career
This and That
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The World Cup
Annie Leibovitz had the right idea in last month's Vanity Fair. Frankly, I'd never been so aroused by the sport. The World Cup (in most warm climates) is equivalent to four Fleet Weeks in a row!
David Beckham wasn't imported to suddenly make soccer happen here. He knew his job was to take his shirt off after games and have his wife entertain us all with her diva antics. Period.
World Professional Champion
Hell Hath Frozen Over
Corina Ungureanu, member of Romanian's gold-medal-winning teams at the 1997 and 1999 World Championships is back and looking hotter than ever. For those who don't remember, Corina Ungureanu was the badass of the rather reserved 1997-2000 squad. While Octavian Belu always picked Corina for major competitions (Euros, Worlds, Goodwill Games), he continually ripped on her in the press and claimed that he didn't think she'd make whatever major event was on the horizon.