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Feel No Fear: The Power, Passion and Politics of a Life in Gymnastics
     

Feel No Fear: The Power, Passion and Politics of a Life in Gymnastics

by Bela Karolyi, Nancy A. Richardson
 

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The controversial gymnastics coach shares his own personal story of a life in gymnastics, detailing his career in his communist homeland, clashes with Romanian secret police, defection, and work with such stars as Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton. Reprint.

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The controversial gymnastics coach shares his own personal story of a life in gymnastics, detailing his career in his communist homeland, clashes with Romanian secret police, defection, and work with such stars as Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton. Reprint.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Karolyi, renowned coach of women gymnasts, revolutionized the sport in both his native Rumania and his adoptive United States, producing popular champions in each country--Nadia Comaneci in Europe and Mary Lou Retton in America. Karolyi's innovations involved two elements: he emphasized athletic skill, rather than aesthetics and he showed that female gymnasts could be developed at ages six and seven, far younger than had previously seemed possible. In his work he had to battle not only jealous fellow coaches but also Communist Party functionaries in Rumania and bureaucratic officials and judges in this country. Indeed, Karolyi became so disillusioned after the selection of the U.S. Olympic team in 1992 that he left big-time coaching. Freelancer Richardson helps him to convey the passion he feels about his sport and his drive for excellence. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal
Karolyi, born in the beautiful Transylvanian mountains, leads off his autobiography by observing, ``I never knew Dracula.'' His book gives magnificent insight into the man whom Time magazine named ``the world's most famous gymnastics coach.'' A chapter titled, ``Why Me?'' portrays the heart and soul of what a coach is (or should be) all about. Karolyi, the guiding force behind the legendary Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton, was a coaching legend at age 40. He is a man who stood up for his beliefs and his gymnasts by confronting Romania's secret police, unjust Olympic judges, and the politics of American gymnastics. This motivational book will appeal to readers interested in sports and its effects upon young athletes. Highly recommended.-Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786880201
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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