Letters to A Young Gymnast

Letters to A Young Gymnast

Book - 2004
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If there were such a thing as an "elder" stateswoman in women's gymnastics today, Nadia Comaneci would win that title 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 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 dramatic stories from her own experience, she tells us how the young girl that Bela Karolyi discovered in a Romanian elementary 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.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780465012763
0465012760
Characteristics: ix, 180 p. ; 21 cm

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Bookstalker5
Mar 04, 2018

This book was quite an interesting source of literature. Nadia Comaneci provides an insightful view of what to expect when it comes to competitions involving the Olympics and what she went through during that time. She also describes the moment when she got a 10 on her performance and the fact that her country of Romania was a virtual unknown when it came to Olympics along with her coaching relationship with Bela Karolyi. She goes even further when she made the decision to come to the United States of America and how she describes the customs, practices, and beliefs of her country and people.

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juliainsq
Jan 06, 2014

An amazing book! I love gymnastics and Nadia did the unthinkable! Go Nadia! :)

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