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Transcript of Romania
Daniel Ryan Romania Gymnastics & Romania Claims to Fame Training in Romania Population: 21,790,479 Official Languages Romanian 60%
Gypsy 10% Religions Eastern Orthodox 70%
Greek Catholic 10% Demographics Romanian 60%
Romani (Gypsy) 10% 92,000 sq mi Similar in size to Oklahoma Located in the far-eastern region of Europe Geographically and culturally similar to Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia A seperate Romanian demographic
made up of a "gypsy" population that
is predominantly of Turkish, Greek and Syrian
descent, who made their ways into
Europe throughout the early 1900's. Typically
very low class and live off of the land. They reside in
the southeastern third of Romania and onto the coast. Romani (Gypsy)- Capital city, Bucharest, is located in the southeast region, in a flat valley and is also their most populated city Bucharest, the capital and largest city, is a prime example of the rich Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences on Romanian culture and architecture. Though due to decades of political unrest, vast majorities of Romania's cities are dilapidated or run down. However the preserved neighborhoods and regions show the pristine architecture and Arab/European cultural blending that created the nation. Semi-Presidential Republic Gymnastics is considered the national sport in Romania and they've produced the highest decorated athletes in the sport. Romanian Gymnastics has brought home at least one individual gold medal at every Olympic Games since 1936 for both men & women. Gymnasts in Romania are often recruited and sent to live at reputable training facilities with other young prodigies. Girls and boys as young as 6 are sent to train away from home at such facilites. In the same ways that movie stars and performing artists earn fame in America, Gymnasts earn theirs in Romania. Making the Romanian National Team is like being an A-List celebrity. It's common for children to leave school to pursue their career as a gymnast, and continue to be minimally homeschooled while they train. A typical training facility in Romania consists of a warehouse sized gymnasium and attached dormitory housing. Gymnasts will train 5 days a week, twice a day, and visitation and free time is often very limited. Some gymnasts will train upwards of 30 hours a week. Incentives given to the athletes is top of the line medical care, free food and living and of course national recognition. Whilst remaining amateur athletes per request of Olympic and FIG (Federation of International Gymnastics) rules, Romanian Gymnasts who compete internationally are are successful receive government stipends, enough for gymnastics to be one's source of income. Since the early 60's Romanian Gymnastics has been under surmountable scrutiny for the treatment of their athletes, but nothing has been done due to varying accounts and experiences documented. Nadia Comaneci, first to ever score a perfect 10.0 score 1960, 1968, 1976, 1984, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Team Champions 1976, 1984, 1996, and 2000 Olympic All Around Champions have hailed from Romania Nadia Comaneci, Maria Pishtun, Ecaterina Szabo, Daniela Silivas, Lavina Milosivic, Simona Amanar, Catalina Ponor and Sandra Izbasa hold international records for most individual gold medals in gymnastics at a single games with a staggering total of 3 per each Romania has produced a world champion every year since 1970, solidifying their spot as the gymnastics capital of the world Defining Romanian Culture Very outwardly friendly, and openly inclusive Commonly will invite outsiders to join in on private activities very early in a relationship. Though this doesn't mean you are trusted, it's a way for them to feel you out. When invited to a Romanian's home, it's expected that you bring liquor to share, and a gift for the woman of the home. Most respected, is a painted egg, which are often collected in households to display their openness social engagements. People are addressed by their honorific title ("Domnul" for Mr. and "Doamna" for Mrs.) and their surname. Holidays are very special in Romanian culture as well as the sanctity of the holiday traditions. An extremely popular holiday, especially in my family, is Easter. It symbolizes rebirth of daily life and inner-wellness in romanian culture. After church family members exchange a red egg with another member to bring them your wishes of luck and fortune. Typically the eggs are painted or decorated Another important holiday ritual is Christmas which is abundant with baked goods and other Turkish and Slavic influenced dishes.
Arts, sports and food are heavily
preserved and respected. Romanian
foods are of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Descent including Hummus, Falafel, Tzatziki, lamb and flatbreads. In northern Romania typical European dishes including sausage and potatoes are extremely popular as well.