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Ponor Enlists Bitang in Comeback
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Triple Olympic champion Catalina Ponor will begin working with former national team coach Mariana Bitang, according to a report in Romanian newspaper Libertatea.

"She's the only person who can bring me back to the form I was in!" Ponor told Libertatea. "She's the only coach who can guide me to a world title and another Olympic title."

Ponor retired after the 2006 European Championships but returned to training in 2007 with Matei Stanei, who originally coached her as a junior in Constanta.

Libertatea reports that Ponor sought Bitang's help because Stanei is suffering from poor health.

"We saw her very determined, and we were very surprised to see her appetite for competition," Bitang told the newspaper.

Bitang and former head coach Octavian Belu retired from coaching in 2005, and have been working as advisors to Romanian President Traian Basescu. The Romanian Parliament suspended Basescu in April, on accusations of constitutional violations, and a national referendum on his impeachment is scheduled for May 19, 2007.

Ponor has won three gold Olympic medals, four world medals (three silver and one bronze) and seven European medals (five gold, one silver, one bronze). She will turn 20 on August 20.

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