Romania 2022 thread

Since we have one for Russia as well, I think Romania will be interesting to watch as well. They have some very good juniors coming up, which they seem to treat/manage a lot better in comparison to the last decade(s).
Especially Ana Barbosu and Amalia Puflea are ones to watch.

In this recent post on instagram they mention that they are working with Patrick Kiens and Daymon Montagne Jones, the former choreographers of (most of) the Dutch gymnasts. I’m really curious to see the results of that and hope that it will result in more mature, intricate floor routines for the Romanians.

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Barbosu is senior this year and should help Romania make the top 24 (hopefully) as Puflea is 2007 and not age eligible yet. If these two are healthy I do believe they can help Romania back into the top 12 in Antwerp.


Yes, my mistake, Barbosu is a senior already!

Imagine saying this just ten years ago.

We kind of saw the writing on the wall in 2012 though. Bars was a mess then and they were scraping by to field competitive rosters. They relied heavily on Ponor, DTYs, and consistent beam while taking advantage of others making mistakes.

While they won team medals in 2007, 2008, 2012
2007 was by default with Kramarenko’s 0.0 on VT, Russia imploding in 2008, and China imploding in 2012.

Granted we didn’t think the team would fall from grace so quickly.

If you went back to 2001-2002 I would say, yeah you are crazy if Romania doesn’t have a full team for an Olympic Games, let alone two in a row.

Yes, it had been coming for a while. I really thought they’d manage to hang around and still be in the top 5 for Rio, but many of us expected them to plummet the quad after didn’t we?

That said, I’d disagree that 2012 was default. China would I think have just edged it had they gone 12 for 12, but it’s not like that ever happens plus Iordache’s injury was part of the reason for that. She would’ve been expected to add several tenths more on vault and floor if healthy. And the plascar thingy aside, Romania just turned up looking much better peaked.