Romania changes coaches, again!

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    Jun 01, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    Well, there were rumors floating around about this, but now it's official. Nicolae Forminte has resigned from his position as the head coach of the Romanian women's gymnastics team. He will be replaced by former head coaches Octavian Belu, Mariana Bitang, and Anca Grigoras.

    http://www.sport.ro/gimnastica/forminte-a-demisionat-de-la-lotul-de-gimnastica.html

    Nicolae Forminte took over as the head coach at the Cetate Deva National Training Center in 2005 after coaches Mariana Bitang and Octavian Belu left after many years of successful coaching to pursue jobs with the government. Forminte was formerly the personal coach of '90s Romanian star Simona Amanar.
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    Jun 01, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    This surely is interesting! But I totally saw this coming because for one thing, Mariana Bitang and Octavian Belu have remained somewhat involved in gymnastics despite "retiring" from coaching in 2005. Countless former Romanian gymnasts have turned to Belu and Bitang for medical help dealing with post-gymnastics, chronic injuries. Not to mention Bitang never actually stopped coaching. She personally coached Catalina Ponor when Ponor decided to come back briefly in 2007. Additionally, Octavian Belu quit his job with the government last year and has been sneaking back into coaching.

    Everyone has been pretty disappointed with Forminte's coaching. While it's true that he's had to deal with a small pool of talent compared to year's past, he never really got very far with them. Romanian gymnasts have been shadows of their former selves, which has must've been pretty embarrassing for them. Since the 1970s, gymnastics has been dominated by USSR/Russia and Romania. Since 2006 it's become a China and USA showdown. But now both Russia and Romania have brought back old coaches that made them what were there.
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    Jun 02, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    Im surprised it took this long for Belu to return. It must have been killing him to see his dynasty go down in flames so quickly. I was happy to see some pretty good Romanians coming up in the last year or so though...I think Ana Porgras probably is as good as everyone says she is (too bad shes injured currently).
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    Jun 02, 2010 7:47 PM GMT
    This pretty much confirms whatever suspicions I had of Belu returning. I had a feeling from the very beginning that Forminte wouldn't last too long. Not to mention I figured Belu and Bitang wouldn't be able to stay away for very long.

    Belu and Bitang have quite a mess to clean up. For one thing, the national team (both seniors and juniors) is very small. Not to mention many of the gymnasts are currently injured and have never trained under the Belu and Bitang pair. I read a few additional articles saying that Belu plans to keep the other coaches at Deva, but that the national team will be training at Deva and Izvorani.

    Belu is an amazing tumbling coach, so I hope to see Romania's vaults and floor routines improve. Most importantly, I hope they improve their consistency because that's what they used to be known for. But it'll be interesting to see how he deals with the team's eternal weakness on bars especially with the current Code of Points.
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    Jun 02, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
    On the one hand I feel a little bad for Nicolae Forminte. He decided to resign because the Romanian Gymnastics Federation voted to bring back Belu and Bitang, so I imagine that must've been quite a slap in the face to Forminte because the federation doesn't trust him. Although I have to agree with their concerns because Romania hasn't had much success since he took over. Romania medaled at Worlds and the Olympics because Russia had a meltdown, not because they were any better. Although Steliana Nistor and Sandra Izbasa have been individual bright spots for the team.

    I will give Forminte credit for having the balls to take over where Belu left off. However, his results really have been an embarrassment compared to what Romania has accomplished in the past.

    The only thing that will be interesting to see unfold is the status of Sandra Izbasa. Forminte has invited her to come back to Constanta to continue training with him. I can't see Belu and Bitang letting that fly. I think if Sandra is at all serious of making a comeback (I doubt she is), she's going to have to learn to cooperate with Belu and Bitang. Plus she's friends with all the girls on the team, so she would have to leave them and be lonely in Constanta. That could wreck the team dynamic.