A while ago, Romanian head coach Nicolae Forminte complained about the lack of motivation in his team. Well, he can't complain about Ana Maria Tămîrjan. According to this ProSport article, Tămîrjan is skipping the holidays to prepare for next year's American Cup. How's that for motivation?
Ana Tămîrjan Wishes to Skip Over the Holidays
European champion with the team and European bronze medalist on floor Ana Maria Tămîrjan is recuperating from the femur fracture she sustained a little while before departing for the Olympic Games in Beijing. In Beijing, Ana made a decisive contribution to Romania's team effort, helping the team to finish third.
After a few months' rest, the tiny gymnast from Ploieşti has returned to the gym, and she wants to make up as quickly as possible for the time she lost while unable to train.
"Ana is doing very well, she's very motivated. She has begun training, and what's more, she's refusing to go on her winter break. Instead she wants to stay here [in Deva] to train. She wants to go to the American Cup, and as the American Cup is only two months away, she wants to work as hard as possible so that she can get back on the apparatus. Hers is the return which pleases us most. At her own request, she won't go home over the holidays. She'll only have one single day with her family. Other than that, she'll be training," head coach Nicolae Forminte told ProSport.
The American Cup will be held in Chicago on February 21.
From December 19 to 28, the national women's team will be on its training camp in the mountains, in Poiana Braşov.