Sabina Cojocar

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Sabina Cojocar
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Cojocar at a press conference at the 2000 European Gymnastics Championships.
Personal information
Full name Sabina Carolina Cojocar
Country represented  Romania
Born (1985-10-23) October 23, 1985 (age 31)
Sibiu, Romania
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International
Gym Deva National Training Center
Head coach(es) Octavian Bellu
Assistant coach(es) Mariana Bitang, Lucian Sandu
Former coach(es) Nicolae Buzoianu, Nicoleta Zaharia
Choreographer Adriana Pop, Puia Valer, Raluca Bugner
Retired 2004

Sabina Carolina Cojocar (born October 23, 1985) is a retired international elite artistic gymnast from Romania, as well as a singer. She is a world gold medalist with the Romanian women's gymnastics team (2001) and a five-time medalist at the 2000 Junior European Gymnastics Championships.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Cojocar was born October 23, 1985, in Sibiu, Romania. She began gymnastics at the age of three years and eight months, though she told her coach she was five because she was afraid that he would not accept a gymnast who was only three.[2] A few years later, she was accepted into the junior national team in Oneşti, and after one year she was accepted as a member of the senior national team in Deva under the direct guidance of head coach Octavian Bellu.[2] She made her international debut at the age of fourteen at the 2000 Junior European Championships in Paris, where she won three gold medals (in the all-around,[3] ahead of teammate Silvia Stroescu, and on vault and balance beam) and two silver medals (on floor exercise and with the team).[1] She was touted as the new leader of the young Romanian team and quickly drew international attention, appearing on the cover of the June/July 2000 edition of International Gymnast.[2]

Senior career[edit]

In August 2001, Cojocar competed in the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. She won the all-around title, upsetting more established gymnasts such as Svetlana Khorkina of Russia, and earned a bronze medal on the floor exercise. Her first major senior event was the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, Belgium, later in the year, where she placed first with the Romanian team, sixth in the all-around, and fourth on beam.[4]

Cojocar underwent shoulder surgery in December 2001. In early 2002, she was one of the gymnasts affected when Bellu decided to send the entire senior national team home from the Deva training center. Cojocar returned to her home club in Sibiu to train and was one of the only gymnasts eventually asked to return to Deva. She competed in the 2002 World Championships, placing fifth on vault and ninth on floor exercise.[5]

Retirement[edit]

In 2003, Cojocar retired from gymnastics because of a chronic liver problem.[6] After leaving Deva, she was outspoken about alleged problems on the national team. She said she had been diagnosed with high cholesterol in 2000 and prescribed Zocor, which was not intended for use by children and had several serious side effects for her.[7] She said that she had complained of weakness and of severe muscle and ligament pain, but that Bellu had forced her to continue training and taking the medication.[7] In addition, Cojocar alleged that Bellu was physically abusive to the gymnasts, and that some girls had suffered "terrible beatings".[7]

In 2004, Cojocar began training again in an effort to make the Olympic team, but she was not successful. Afterward, she enrolled at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, from which she graduated in 2008 with a degree in physical education. She went on to work as a coach at her former club in Sibiu and at a club in Norway.[2]

Cojocar is also a jewelry designer and has an online shop.[8]

Music career[edit]

In 2006, Cojocar released the single "Domine", and in September 2007, she released on Myspace a song she had written herself, "I Don't Wanna Lose U".[3]

Cojocar worked with Mihai Trăistariu, Romania's representative in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, to enter the 2008 contest, but she did not pass the national song selection.[9][10]

Skills[edit]

Vault: Double-twisting Yurchenko; round-off, back handspring with full turn on, piked back salto off.

Uneven bars: Kip–cast to handstand (KCH), clear hip to handstand, toe-on to high bar, KCH, giant, hop full, full pirouette, 1½ pirouette, Tkatchev, KCH, overshoot, KCH, sole circle, jump to high bar, KCH, giant, giant, full-in dismount.

Balance beam: Jump to knee mount, back handspring, back handspring, tucked full; switch split leap; Chen; front aerial; full turn; tucked side salto; back handspring, back handspring, triple twist dismount.

Floor exercise: Front handspring, 2½ twist; round-off, back handspring, double pike; double-twisting cat leap, hitchkick; round-off, back handspring, tucked double salto backward with full twist; switch ring leap, double-twisting tuck jump; full turn with leg horizontal; round-off, whip, triple twist.[2]

Floor exercise music[edit]

2001–2002: "Esperanza/El Conquistador"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gymnastics Results 2000 Junior European Championships
  2. ^ a b c d e Sabina Cojocar Official Webpage
  3. ^ a b International Gymnast Magazine, "A new voice", by John Crumlish, October 2010, page 46
  4. ^ Gymnastics results 2001 World artistic gymnastics championships
  5. ^ Gymnastics Results 2002 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
  6. ^ "Sabina Cojocar: 'My Health Problem Was Genetic, Which Means I Have To Live With It'". WOGymnastika. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  7. ^ a b c "IOC19". www.worldgymrank.com. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  8. ^ The couch gymnast Catching up with Sabina Cojocar, by Brigid McCarthy, November 2010
  9. ^ Sabina`s Blog
  10. ^ Gardianul, Mihai Traistariu o pregateste pe gimnasta Sabina Cojocar pentru Eurovision 2008

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