Although part of a mentoring series (Letters to a Young Lawyer ; Letters to a Young Chef ; etc.), this memoir is less about motivating aspiring. Letters to a Young Gymnast is written for one person but the lessons inside can apply to everyone. She has a great take on sacrifice, a word that is often used in. Of the many books I have read, Letters to a Young Gymnast by Nadia Comaneci remains one of my favourites. As a gymnast and fan, I have a more than slightly.
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Letters to a Young Gymnast by Nadia Comaneci. If there were such a thing as an “elder” stateswoman in women’s gymnastics today, Nadia Comaneci would win that nacia as readily as she once won gold medals. Olga Korbut came before her, and many other medalists would follow, but none has ever been as dominant in winning the hearts of millions around the world. With grit and lettees, Nadia Comaneci ushered in a new e If there were such a thing as an “elder” stateswoman in women’s gymnastics today, Nadia Comaneci would win that title comandci readily as she once won gold medals.
With grit and determination, Nadia Comaneci ushered in a new era for women’s sports, one where young girls could vault into the arena of superstardom. Even today, almost thirty years after her greatest triumphs, you need only mention the name “Nadia” and gymnastics fans know instantly whom you are talking about. In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Nadia shows what it takes to achieve athletic perfection and become the best.
With inspiring and comanec stories from her own experience, she tells us how the young girl that Bela Karolyi discovered in a Romanian goung school found the inner strength to become a world-class athlete at such a young age.
This collection of Nadia’s memories, anecdotes, and advice grants 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,” Nadia’s thoughts on athleticism and sacrifice are eye-opening and surprisingly challenging. Hardcoverpages. Published December 25th by Basic Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Apr 18, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: For me, this sets the record straight. While this is an inspirational book, and is intended to ykung so, what I get from it is a better understanding of the story of two incredible people, Nadia and her famous coach Bela Karolyi. I cannot think of one without the other. Their stories are intriguing and each has had their share of good and bad press. I love Lerters enthusiasm for the nadiz and his gymnasts and wonder at the For me, this sets the record straight.
I love Bela’s enthusiasm for the sport and his gymnasts and wonder at the criticism he’s encountered. I love what Nadia accomplished ot wondered at her floozy image after her defection.
I have never dug into the gossip or image to what was true and what wasn’t. Now a better picture of who they are emerges. Nadia’s description of her childhood and how it interfaced with the improbable career of Bela is amazing, nadiaa one in a million happening. I did not know that he gymnaet Hungarian and not “in” with the powers that were. The training and the love of the sport must have been a protective oasis for the youngsters in this program.
In the US, where the media looks for stories of conflict, it is bound to find criticism of Bela from disappointed young gymnasts. If you want to be 1, and are willing and able to do the work, he is clearly your “go to” guy.
I understand what he did now, and appreciate him and his wife even more. I did wonder about Nadia’s post gymnas image.
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While I attributed it to confusion, I hadn’t understood how it came about. I can imagine her commitment and trust in her “savior” who may have risked his life too and having only guarded experiences in her new country, not knowing its language and having no means of support, she had to rely on someone. While she should have reconnected with Bela, she relied on Constantin who obviously knew his way around the eastern block. His judgement and connections didn’t fit the new world any more than his influence on her taste in fashion.
While I have read a number of books of defectors, the most recent being Mao’s Last Dancer, Nadia’s escape has to be the most heroic.
Interestingly, not long after, the Ceausescu regime fell making visits to and from family possible. While a path of defection is easier for the famous, Nadia describes the stress that comes with the decision. Only the very disciplined can consider taking the mental and physical risks. Her journey across the borders called on all her endurance and team training.
She was able to keep her “team” from being sent back. I like the simple prose and the format here. More than a letter to a specified audience of young gymnasts, Nadia is revealing to all who she is and how she came to be. Aug 22, george rated it really liked it Shelves: Nadia Comaneci stole the world’s hearts in the summer Olympic Games when she came out of nowhere to score the first ever perfect In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Comaneci writes as if she is replying to a pen pal’s questions about her life.
From her early childhood in gymnaast tiny village of Onesti, Romania climbing trees, to being spotted doing cartwheels by Bela Karolyi. To her intense training and sheltered life, to the Olympics just another competition in her eyest Nadia Comaneci stole the world’s hearts in the summer Olympic Games when she came out of nowhere to score the first comqneci perfect To her intense training and sheltered life, to the Olympics just another competition in her eyesto growing up and clashing gymnst her coaches.
Nadia continues to describe her life under communist rule and the dead-ends where she found herself when she eventually decided to make the toughest decision of her life–to defect to the United States. With the fear of imprisonment or being shot in the back, she bravely snuck out into the Romanian night and headed the six hours on foot to Hungary.
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Her story doesn’t end happily there, though; she has many years of hardships and misunderstandings in the U. Through it all, Nadia exhibits the grace and poise that has come to be synonymous with her name. The darling and hero of the gymnastics world finally opens up about her life and it is interesting all the way through. I feel that she kind of downplayed some aspects of her life like the training and her relationship with Karolyi, but overall it was a good glimpse into the life of a living legend who, until now, has kept her life very private.
Oh yeah–a lot of people have complained that the gymbast is not very good. Maybe it’s not excellent, but considering that English is her third language,I think it’s amazing! De todas maneras, es imposible hacer un comentario sin ponerme subjetiva. Voy ya con ello. Sea como sea, sus palabras se me cuelan muy dentro. Oct 20, Chantal rated it it was amazing Shelves: Siempre es bonito, y duro en oca Ay Nadia.
Jan 01, Courtney Kirshe rated it really yong it. I loved this book because I can sort of relate because I am lettere gymnast too.
The part I can most relate to is the hard and grueling practices. But the part that helped me was how to get through things and I think that, that is the message she is trying to send throughout the book. The part that I found the most fascinating naeia how she stumbled upon the sport that eventually changed her life. This book also shows how prejudice could change some ones life. When Nadia and her coach Bella Karolyi went to a meet they almost did not let them compete because she was form Romania and at the time Romania was a communist country.
If Nadia was not to compete she might have never made it to the Olympics. Another part of this book that intrigued me was her road to the Olympics and her relationship with her coaches and how they got along during the Olympics.
In the book Nadia said that most of the countries would go and walk around the village and march in at the opening ceremonies but for Nadia and the other Romanian gymnasts they were to stay in there room and rest.
Nadia said that she always listened to her coaches because she new that they new best. The book also talks about her experience after her first trip to the Olympics and how she was treated no differently at home even though she was lettsrs Olympic champion, and same at the gym she was given any special treatment. But she did not mind because she wanted to be an even better gymnast.
I highly recommend this book it is a fun read and I recommend it for anybody, gymnasts especially. May 20, Thaynes4 rated it it was amazing. Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to ever receive a perfect 10 score in Olympic gymnastics in at the Olympics in Montreal, Canada. She was a fourteen year old elite Romain gymnast. She became famous hy she caught the hearts and minds of the world through her daring and magnificent skills and routines.
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Once the Olympics was over Nadia had won seven perfect 10s, 3 gold medals, 1 silver, and one bronze. Then at the Moscow Olympics Nadia earned two more gold medals and two mor Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to ever receive a perfect 10 score in Olympic gymnastics in at the Olympics in Fo, Canada.
Then at the Moscow Olympics Nadia earned two more gold medals and two more silver to bring her Commaneci total to nine medals five gold, three silver, one bronze. Inshe was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Nadia now divides her time among appearances, commercial endorsement for major companies, speaking engagements, and charity events. Nov 09, John Rapp rated it it was amazing. Interesting and surprisingly deep. Feb 04, Leanne Gossett rated it it was amazing.
I enjoyed learning ghmnast about Nadia’s life through her ownwords. Feb 09, glad.