For all the Sandra Izbaşa fans out there (you know who you are), this is our translation of an article which appeared in Libertatea on December 4. Enjoy!
"Sandra Could Be a TV Star"
The head coach of the Romanian national team, Nicolae Forminte, advises Sandra Izbaşa to go into show business.
Nicolae Forminte, the coach from Deva, says he'd let his pupil interview him if Sandra Izbaşa (aged 18) were ever to become a TV anchor: "Besides being an intelligent girl, she's also beautiful," he explained.
Sandra and Forminte (photo: Libertatea)
Two weeks from now, the national team's winter training will start in Poiana Braşov [one of Romania's prettier mountain resorts, where the national gymnastics team traditionally spends some time each winter]. “We'll spend Christmas in Poiana Braşov, and New Year's Eve in Deva. We won't allow ourselves an overly long vacation. We have a lot of work to do," Forminte told Libertatea.
The Deva coach explained that Sandra Izbaşa, the Olympic champion on floor, is not thinking of leaving the national team. She wishes to go on being a high-level athlete, at least until after she has graduated from high school [next year, we believe].
"After the Olympics Sandra received many offers to take part in a series of fashionable activities. Among other things, she received an invitation from the producers of [the Romanian version of] Dancing with the Stars. If she'd accepted those offers, she wouldn't have been able to go through the training process anymore, so she declined them," Forminte told us.
"I think that, after graduating from college, Sandra stands a good chance of having a successful career in the world of show business or TV. She could even become a TV star. Besides being an intelligent girl, she's also beautiful," the coach said. "I'd love to go to a show presented by Sandra. I'm absolutely convinced she'd ask me some very pertinent questions about gymnastics," Forminte went on to say.
Somehow so are we.
Is that a TV anchor's face or what? (Photo: The One)
The most interesting thing about the Libertatea article is the caption which hovers over the top photo when you move your mouse across it: "Flapper Sandra Izbaşa (aged 18), Beijing Olympic champion, dreams of becoming a model." Really? We know Sandra has done a few photo shoots, but as far as we know, she's never said anything about becoming a model...