Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Of course, critics are always the first to comment anything. Satisfied people have less to say. That is a given.But it seems over at Prosport, some readers are baying for the blood of Nicolae Forminte.

 Many of the reactions to the spate of happy little articles outlining the girls successes in Birmingham have been responded to by people who believe that these achievements have little to do with Forminte. They seem to be saying that it s the juniors, who have other coaches, and the girls who have just come from junior (Racea, for example) that are doing well.  In some opinion,  girls who train under Forminte for any length of time just wind up injured, like Porgras.

Some are even asking for Belu and Bitang to come back. But there are always those few.

It has to be said, though, Forminte does not have a great track record with injuries- Nistor is an excellent example. The girl was a mess most of the time and it was her sheer force of will that saw her through the end of that career.

Another huge factor, however,is that because the talent pool has shrunk considerably since the two B's held the reigns these injured girls are more visible as they still have to be relied upon. Back in the day of funding, if one girl dropped by the wayside, there was always another. Now, as long as you can perform, you will be called upon to do so.

I don't really know what to think. The B's scared the bejesus out of me and I certainly don't want to see them back. The spates of injuries over the last years are alarming too- and not helped by the fact that the medical assistance is such that the girls often have to seek help outside the country. I also think a gymnast like Ana Porgras is infinitely breakable and is probably always going to be injured.

But I really really hope Forminte doesn't succumb too hard to 2012 pressure and takes care of these kids, because they really are talented.



  1. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100504/SPORTS15/100504052/Shawn-Johnson-says-she-plans-to-make-run-at-2012-Olympics

  2. It's also important to note some interesting things about the accomplishments of those younger gymnasts at Euros. Amelia Racea won gold, yes, but with a newly designed beam routine that she only began competing this year--so, after she moved up from junior to senior. Raluca Haidu has been training at Deva from the beginning (though under different coaches, of course), and Diana Chelaru has only really come into her own after training with the senior team and Forminte over the past year.