A new year is a time where we set our sights on new goals. As for Olympic gymnast Diana Bulimar, she aims on being a successful all arounder.
Romania's Diana Bulimar gave an interview to Prosport where she expressed her confidence on winning medals in the all around competitions only if she did not go through injuries "No injuries, doing the All-around, performing well because if I do, then medals will follow."
Today is not only a beginning of a new year in gymnastics but also a beginning of a new code of points which will prevail in the next four years in the sport. Just like the other gymnasts, Bulimar is working on new elements and routines that suits the new code. She is adding new elements and also upgrading her difficulty. She is going to upgrade her vault so she can compete powerfully in the all around.
Last October, the Romanian head coaches took a decision on making the Romanian gymnasts wear grips during performing on bars, Bulimar was one of the gymnasts who refused at first to wear them, but eventually she got used to it "It took us a while to get used to them, I sometimes have the feeling that my hands will slip but it’s much better now. We know this is in our own best interest"
When asked about last year, the 17 year old gymnast said that "Both good and bad. It was bad because of the injuries that kept us from training. When you learn a skill and you practice it, you get used to it and it’s difficult having to stop training it and start over from scratch. In my opinion, the most important thing is that the good outnumbered the bad. And I’m thinking about the European and Olympic team medals here."
Bulimar is not the only Romanian gymnast who is looking forward on medalling in the all around this year but also her teammate Larisa Iordache.
The first half of 2012 was successful as she won three medals at the European championship including two golds but an Injury prevented Iordache from performing her best at the Olympics however, she managed to help her team to make the podium " I’d say I’m pretty happy with my first senior year. It could have been better but I couldn't do more due to injury. Not being able to help the team properly at the Olympics was the most difficult moment for me. I was very upset about that injury; I really wanted an individual medal as well but I have to put it all behind me and try to improve for the future."
Iordache who had a hard time dealing with her disappointment at the Olympics, said she is aiming on the European and World championships to do what she was prevented from doing in 2012. To do that Iordache is upgrading her routines "I have to upgrade some of my routines. Ok, all of them because I really want to medal in the All-around".
Diana Bulimar and Larisa Iordache helped their to win a bronze medal at the London Olympics.
Translation of the original interview by Romanian Gymnastics Fans