These days, Alba is at her home in Valladolid recovering of a back injury
she has been suffering from a long time. She left the Training Camp in
Madrid soon after Spanish Nationals (where she placed third), knowing that
she had no chance to compete in Sydney. Alba was supposed to come
back to the National Team after Olympics but, since there is no Spanish
Selector, she -and the others- are virtually out of the Team until
a new coach is hired.
Anyway, it is unknown what
will happen to Alba's gymnastics career in the next future. She has been
out of training for months and the ostracism she has been suffering since
1997 from the Federation and the Selector Ana Bautista (who dismised recently)
makes it likely that she may want to retire and start a new, different
life. Whether Alba retires or not doesn't matter, she will keep love from
fans forever and her gymnastics will hardly be forgotten... But I dream
to see her on the carpet again in Vienna 2001. GO ALBA!!!!
Since she is facing so many difficulties
in order to practise again her loved sport, and she may feel bad and alone
I have made a page where fans can leave their support messages for Alba;
please drop a line at:
MESSAGES FOR ALBA CARIDE-COSTAS
I will ensure that she gets
all the messages.
8th May, 2000
competed at Europeans in Zaragoza
National Selector decided that Alba would only compete in one event (ball)
during the Teams Competition, which gave her no chance to qualify for the
All Around Final. But she demonstrated that she deserves more; Alba did
her best during the routine, showing all the technique, expression and
elegance she treasures. The crowd was deeply impressed by her exquisite
interpretation of Secret Garden's music and the unique repertoire of pivots.
Definitely, it was one of the best performances in her career, and gave
her more motivation to continue in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She scored 9'900,
the highest she has ever achieved in a World or European Championships,
which contributed for the 4th place the Spanish Team got. She spent the
rest of the Championship watching the competition in the row with
Cristina (the Spanish Choreographer), enjoying her parents and brother's
company or signing autographs for the fans. Such a shame that we weren't
so lucky to watch more than one performance from SUPER ALBA!!!
20th February, 2000
Alba got 5 medals in
On February 18-20, Alba attended her first
meet of the season. Presenting her new compositions with rope and hoop,
she did a great job placing 2nd All Around -only superated by Olena Ossiadovskaia(BLR)-
, getting Gold in ball and ribbon and Silver in rope and hoop. Congratulations
4th October, 1999
Alba competed at Worlds
She was quite unlucky at the qualifying
round. But the most important thing is that she contributed (with Almudena
Cid Tostado and Esther Domínguez) for the Spaniard's 2 visas for
Sydney Olympics and for the 5th place at Team Finals (performing ball and
ribbon). She qualified 26th, but didn't pass to the Final because Almudena
and Esther superated her.
She spent the Finals days
cheering up on her teammates.
7th June, 1999
was third at
Spanish Nationals in Leganés.
She was very unlucky during the
competition because she made small mistakes in rope and ribbon. But she
made an excellent performance with the ball, maybe the best of the whole
Championship, and deserved the Gold in that event.
But she must be happy because
she was the most cheered and applaused gymnast during the price-giving
Photos from the Competition
Alba, Champion of the International Tournament in Portimao (POR) «