Catalina Ponor in 2004 (photo: Amy Sancetta/AP Photo)
According to ProSport, Sandra Izbasa will be Romania's lone representative in Madrid. Catalina Ponor, who is (rather bizarrely) leading the standings on beam despite having retired over a year ago, reportedly told ProSport that she was "delighted with the fact that I'm still the best gymnast on beam, even a year after my retirement." She went on to say, "It's a nice feeling to know that you've maintained your No. 1 position. Sadly, I can't go to that competition even though I'm ranked No. 1, because I'm not in the right physical shape for competitions."
That almost sounds like she hasn't really retired.
Marian Dragulescu (photo: ProSport)
ProSport also reports that Romania won't have any male representatives in Madrid. Marian Dragulescu qualified for two finals (floor and vault) but like his KTV Straubenhardt teammate Fabian Hambüchen, he has chosen to compete in the Bundesliga Final instead (no word so far on whether he's also "too injured" to do the World Cup justice). The other Romanian gymnast to qualify for a Madrid final, Daniel Popescu (vault), will reportedly sit out the competition because of a torn muscle in his shoulder.
Ah well. At least the Chinese girls will be in Madrid. And Sandra!