For a while now fans of Romanian gymnastics have been worried about the low scores obtained by Romanian juniors at international competitions. Generally speaking, the Romanian youngsters score well on beam and floor, only to lose valuable points on vault and bars. It seems Nicolae Forminte has noticed the problem too, and according to ProSport, he has hit upon a solution...
Five of the current juniors at Deva (photo: ProSport)
"I Want the Juniors to Train Alongside the Seniors"
From this month onward, the national team at Deva may be expanded. The sixteen girls who are currently on the team may soon be joined by another four. "I have asked the Federation to send us another four juniors from Oneşti and I'm waiting for them to make a decision. I want these girls to develop on the national team without getting rushed, and as we won't have any team competitions this year, they will have time to get used to things," coach Nicolae Forminte told ProSport.
The bringing-in of more juniors to the senior team would have another advantage. "I'm convinced that if they train alongside the senior team, they will be able to score 58 to 60 points by the time they turn senior, rather than the 54 to 55 points we're seeing now. This scoring gap is hard to bridge. It cannot be bridged in a hurry, so it's good to get an early start. Our rivals for medals are already realizing all-around scores like that [58 to 60 points] while juniors," explained Forminte.
The national team currently consists of the seniors Sandra Izbaşa, Anamaria Tămîrjan, Gabriela Drăgoi, Andreea Acatrinei, Cerasela Pătraşcu, Andreea Grigore and Dana Druncea, as well as the juniors Claudia Voicu, Amelia Racea, Raluca Haidu, Diana Chelaru, Diana Trenca, Ana Porgras, Loredana Sabău, Daniela Andrei and Mălina Savoaia.
"I think that all gymnasts who will be age-eligible for the 2012 Olympics should be in Deva to be guided, corrected and prepared for that kind of competition," stated Nicolae Forminte.
Our money is on Larisa Iordache, Diana Bulimar, Patricia Tiron and Mădălina Neagu.