Welcome to Ana Porgras Online, dedicated to the talented Romanian Artistic Gymnast Ana. Ana won the Gold Medal in the Balance Beam Finals at the 2010 World Championship! She also is the gold medalist on the Balance Beam and Silver medalist on the Uneven Bars at the Gent World Cup. One week later, Ana was the absolute champion of the All Around competition at the Romanian National Championship, and won Gold on the Balance Beam, and Bronze on the Floor. Check around this website to learn more about Ana!
In the first day of Paris World Cup, Ana Porgras managed to qulify second in the balance beam final scorring 14.733, after the Russian Aliya Mustafina (15.333) and before Anna Dementyeva (14.700) and Lauren Mitchell (14.433).
To uneven bars, Ana presented a completely new routine for which she got 13.866. With this score she finished in fifth position and didn't qualified in the final.
The first four qualifiers: 1. Aliya Mustafina 15.833 2. Qiushuang Huang 15.466 3. Elisabeth Seitz 14.866 4. Tatiana Nabieva 14.833
The four gymnasts who are aiming the European podium in over 3 weeks, were tested yesterday by their coaches, Mariana Bitang and Octavian Bellu who prepared them a surprise test in competition conditions.
"Only the girls who have something to show will go to Berlin", says Octavian Bellu.
Ana says that she likes the competition between her and her teammates and that it feels good to continually train without pauses or injuries.
The coach of the Romanian Olympic WAG team, Mariana Bitang, declared, Wednesday, for MEDIAFAX, that the 4 gymnasts initially written down as taking part at the Cottbus World Cup, will no longer participate, because the organizers have changed the program of the competition.
"We would have arrived Thursday night in Cottbus, and the second day, at 2pm, the qualifications would have taken place. We would have had time for training, but the organizers have decided to move the women’s qualification to 10am, so there wouldn’t have been time for anything. We would have barely woken up and headed straight to qualifications. It has been decided to not participate anymore. The girls will only participate at the Paris World Cup". (Mariana Bitang)
The Cottbus World Cup will be followed in the European calendar by the French Internationals, at Paris-Bercy, on the March 19-20. Romania will be represented by Flavius Koczi and Marius Berbecar on the men side, and by Diana Chelaru, Ana Porgras and Sandra Izbaşa on the women's side.
At the competition in France, only the finalists from the World Championships last year were invited, and the top 4 athletes on each apparatus according to the world cup ranks in 2010. The Romanian delegation will be composed from the coaches Ştefan Gal, Octavian Bellu and Lucian Sandu.
Shortly after the French Internationals, artistic gymnastics from across the European continent will be looking towards the European Championships, programmed between April 2-10, in Berlin.
According to a last minute decision, the girls will no longer take part in the Cottbus World Cup, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation announced. Unfortunately, the reasons for this change are not stated ... I just hope that participation at the Paris World Cup will not be canceled.
The Couch Gymnast has an exclusive interview with Ana Porgras online! The interview was conducted when Ana Porgras was in Italy on a training camp with the Romanian National team, who are set toward reconsolidating for competitions for next year, and for the future. Jerry Lynch, caught up with Ana to ask her some questions about her life and interests outside of the sport.