We'll return to the Brazilian coaching scandal tomorrow (yes, there's more to report), but first we'll give you your weekly scheduled Sandra Izbasa post, as the Olympic champion on floor just granted an interview to ProSport. Here's that interview, translated by our very own Mihaela!
First thing she sees when she looks out of the window:
"Now that the leaves have fallen off the trees, I can more easily catch sight of my car. I can also see my grandmother and the national team's dog, who's watching our house [or hostel]."
What she'd like to see when she looks out of the window:
"A quiet lake or river, and a clear sky."
If she could change anything about herself, it would be...
Sandra thinks about this for a while. "Right now, I wouldn't change anything. I'm satisfied with myself, with the way I look."
How she sees herself in ten years' time:
Sandra smiles. "Me at age 28... Well, a normal person in her own house, with a finished house, a car, and perhaps a boyfriend."
Sandra as a mother:
"I'm having trouble imagining that..." Sandra laughs. "I can't see it yet, but it's something you have to try in life. It's a normal thing to do, because family is important."
"I like the plain and unadorned truth, told to me in a straightforward and forthright manner."
How she'd describe herself:
"I'm a fighter, and when I take it into my head to do something, no one can stop me. I've always liked to do things the hard way."
"Image matters a lot. I don't want anyone to put me on a pedestal or take me down from it, but I do want people to appreciate me for what I am and what I do."
"There have been times when I thought I wanted to give up and pack my bags, when I couldn't get the hang of a certain element. But I've never really considered retiring, no matter how tired I was or how much my injuries hurt."
"I want to have a place of my own, my house, and a car, and to start a family. And I want a tree, a fruit tree which I'll plant in the courtyard myself, at home, in Domnesti. Oh, and in the basement I'll get myself a room where I can create floor exercises and do some choreography."
Question which keeps haunting her:
"'What did you feel after winning the Olympic gold medal?' You can't explain how it feels. It's a state, a being alive, a feeling you can't describe in five words."
Whether she has a boyfriend:
"No. I'll have time for that after I've quit gymnastics. I want to stick to my sport, and you know how it goes. If you chase two hares at once, you'll end up catching neither."
"Oscar. I never make the most of my training, but when there's an award to be won, I can always find a little bit extra."
Friends in gymnastics:
"Depends on affinities, preferences and other things. For instance, since the Olympics, the team has been very united, in good times and in bad times. What happened there has made us closer."
"Cheng Fei. She's an exceptional athlete and a perfectionist, and on top of that she has heaps of character. She knows how to lose with her head held high. She has a wonderful sense of fair play. When I had finished my floor exercise in Beijing, she was the first to come up to me and congratulate me."
Sandra and Cheng Fei (photo: AFP/Getty)
Appearance in competitions:
"I do everything myself. I've learned to fend for myself. Sure, I'd like to go to a hair stylist, like Shawn Johnson. I saw in a video that she has someone to fix her hair and do her makeup."
Picking the right leotard:
"It depends on the scope and importance of the competition, on what it could mean for me, and on how many people are watching the competition. All our leotards are beautiful. The one I like most is the blue-and-white one I wore at the Olympics."
Attitude toward life:
"I like being childish, to take pleasure in everything. I'd like to be a child for a few more years. Then we'll see what happens next."
That's our Sandra, great attitude and everything. We hope she'll remain a happy child for a little while longer.