Letters to a Young Gymnast

Letters to a Young Gymnast

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by Nadia Comaneci
     
 

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In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Nadia Comaneci tells how she found the inner strength to become a world-class athlete at such a young age. Now a woman of tremendous poise and self-assurance, she offers unique insights into the mind of a top competitor. From how to live after you’ve realized your dream to the necessity of “a spirit forged with

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In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Nadia Comaneci tells how she found the inner strength to become a world-class athlete at such a young age. Now a woman of tremendous poise and self-assurance, she offers unique insights into the mind of a top competitor. From how to live after you’ve realized your dream to the necessity of “a spirit forged with mettle,” Comaneci’s thoughts on athleticism and sacrifice are eye-opening.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although part of a mentoring series (Letters to a Young Lawyer; Letters to a Young Chef; etc.), this memoir is less about motivating aspiring gymnasts than justifying the author's life choices. Romanian-born Comaneci took the sports world by storm when, at the age of 14, she was the first person in Olympic history to earn a perfect score in gymnastics. At the event she garnered several more medals. When the author recounts her early years with legendary coach Bela Karolyi and details how his intensive training requirements plus her own determination led to her success, the text is engrossing. Comaneci, however, devotes far too much space to discussing the controversies that dogged her career. She refutes the oft-repeated accusation that Karolyi abusively overworked his young gymnasts and further denies that she drank bleach when the Romanian government assigned her to another coach. Although Comaneci's descriptions of her harsh life in Romania (although far easier than most) under dictator Ceausescu are compelling, and her decision to defect in 1989 completely understandable, she does not acknowledge that the man who facilitated her escape, Constantin Panait, was anything other than a personal manager. According to newspaper reports at the time, Panait, married with four children, controlled her life and finances and was responsible for TV bookings where the gymnast appeared overweight and inappropriately dressed. More discussions about the sport and less defensiveness about mostly forgotten gossip would have strengthened this mentoring guide. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In her first book since the post-Olympics Nadia, gymnast Comaneci, now in her forties, writes her life story as a series of responses to imaginary fan letters from young gymnasts. She paints a vivid picture of her childhood in relatively poor Romania, athletic precocity at age six, and whirlwind rise through the European ranks to the 1976 Montreal Olympics, when she astounded the world with an unprecedented seven perfect 10.0 scores. She defends her controversial coach, B la Karolyi, and claims ignorance of eating disorders and other abuses of young gymnasts. Many rumors swirled around her: that she had a lavish lifestyle in Romania, dated Romanian dictator Ceaucesu's son, and had an affair with a married man who helped her defect. Comaneci sets the record straight and comes across as a very thoughtful, determined person who combined her extraordinary skills with lots of work. This unique and thought-provoking book should have wide appeal. Recommended for all public libraries.-Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465025053
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
358,165
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author


Born in 1961 in Onesti, Romania, Nadia Comaneci made sports history during the 1976 Olympic Games by scoring the first perfect “10.00” in a gymnastics competition. Since defecting to the United States in 1989, she is an international spokesman for her sport as well as numerous charities. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with her husband, American gymnast Bart Conner.

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Letters to a Young Gymnast 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows and tells extally the way nadia felt when she was doing and what happened. this book tells children amounts of things not just on gymnastics but on life. if you were to write down all the facts on paper you would go threw atleast 5 pages. this book was great and i encourage every kid to read it even if they don't like reading and don't like gymnastics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Nadia and jorydan wieber this book really helped me focus on gymnastics and learn about nadias life anyone would love this even if you arent a gymnast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading a book by another gymnast, this book was a disappointment in comparison. It did offer interesting information on life in Romania and how Nadia was treated, but I felt she contradicted herself throughout the book; she had no choices in life, then saying we all have choices. Nadia also seemed to speak down to those interested in her life and "assumed" how others feel or what they thought. Interesting book but not what I was hoping for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Nadia so when i heard about this book i flipd out. Im a gymnast and jennifer sey and nadia are my heros. LOVE IT!!!!!!!! O:
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is about Nadia and what her life was like as a gymnast in Romania while training under Bela Karolyi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand that Nadia was an amazing gymnast, but doesn't anyone like Olga Korbut?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
~crayla
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U should totally check out the utube vid of all her perfect 10's in Montreal. She soars <3 this girl For a bio assingment I am going to do her. But I luv all the others too. Check out Norah Flatley also 2016 olympian for shure!!! :)
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Nadia ia AMAZING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i buy this book. Its alot of money$$$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its a great book because i love reading and i love vheer and gymnastics
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oops im 12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It rly does. Some of my fav gymnasts are nadia comeneci, nastia luken, shawn johnson, jordan weber and gabby douglas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did you know that jorndan weiber isn't going to the womans all around gymnastics thisyear