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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Growing up my sister attended gymnastics class and watched a lot of gymnastics on TV. Comaneci, however, devotes far too much space to discussing the controversies that dogged her career. I remembered the name though not anything else about her, and really enjoyed reading this book, and am glad she is happy. I find it interesting, then, that in this book she discusses the errors she believes she made in that first “perfect” bar routine.

Through out the book, it talks about all the competitions she has gone to, the people she has met, and the challenges she had to overcome.

Gymnastics is as xomaneci a mental sport as it is a physical one. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? While some of the writing was a bit clunky. While she should have reconnected with Bela, she relied nadiz Constantin who obviously knew his way around the eastern block. 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 Montreal, Canada.

I really enjoyed the book and the movie. 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 an Olympic champion, and same at the gym she was given any special treatment. She became a global phenomenon but because of the restrictions imposed upon Nadia and all Romanians she was never able to en I enjoyed reading Nadia Comaneci’s autobiography. I love Bela’s enthusiasm for the sport and his gymnasts and wonder at the criticism he’s encountered.


Letters to a Young Gymnast

Now a better picture of who they are emerges. 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. There are many articles and stories around about her life as a gymnast and later harrowing defection to the United States plus her marriage to Bart Conner, with a many mistakes. For any high-performing gymnast, injuries are essentially inevitable. Now that the NCAA Championships will only include eight teams instead of 12, some teams that are used to contending and advancing to NCAAs will end up sending only individual gymnasts to the national postseason.

Sep 19, Yvonne rated it it was ok Shelves: To her intense training and sheltered life, to the Olympics just another competition in her eyesto growing up and clashing with her coaches. She does a madia job conveying what it meant to be an elite gymnast in Communist Romania. This book really shows how she evolves during her years as a gymnast.

I found this part of the book to be particularly gripping. Just as she was about to give up hope, on a fateful d Letters to a Young Gymnast by Nadia Comaneci is a truly inspirational tale.

This year it will be the weekend of Januaryand gymnastics fans are counting down the days until they can see new lettefs and bigger upgrades from their favorite gymnasts.

Letters to a Young Lettters by Nadia Comaneci is a truly inspirational tale. Be willing to sacrifice-it makes success even sweeter. She was a fourteen year old elite Romain gymnast.

This is a very interesting read about her young life of training, her success as a gymnast and her defection to America. This book covers her struggles as well as her accomplishments. It was good to remember the oppressive system under which she lived, and why defecting was such a terrifying thing she was afraid of being shot in the backand why her first interviews in the US were so hard and were so mis-read by all Americans.

It started off with her being a young nqdia in Romania, and starting to take gymnastics. Overall, I feel that Letters to a Young Gymnast is an excellent read for fans of gymnastics, history, politics, or all of these!


Such a good book! Books of the Week. Sea como sea, gymnazt palabras se me cuelan muy dentro. She is keen to emphasise how oblivious she was to the magnitude of the competition and her perfect scores of Init was the most difficult dismount being performed.

I was 11 years old in and I was entranced by the 14 year old gymnast from Romania who won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and another 2 in You must figure out your own destination and the best route to get there because no one else knows the way.

Too enjoyed learning her story and would recommend it to my young daughter.

Letters to a Young Gymnast : Nadia Comaneci :

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 completely understandable, she does not acknowledge that the man who facilitated her escape, Constantin Panait, was anything other than a personal manager.

I love reading autobiographies. Dec 30, Michael Kinney. Very interesting for everybody who’s fascinated by gymnastics! I equally enjoyed the non – gymnastics related parts of the book as Comaneci writes about the history and politics of her homeland, Romania, and her experience of life under a communist system. It was remarkably well written and poignant, even if English had been her first language she learned English as an adult.

But there are ways that gymnastics coaches can approach their training program — both physical and mental — that can help prevent the injuries that are potentially avoidable, and to create an environment where gymnasts are both safe and empowered. She was told to find another, cheaper gym or quit.

Those are the Tkatchev skills, a family of skills done on the uneven bars with a seemingly exponential number of names and nuances. It is interesting to wonder if she ever could have developed her skill and love of gymnastics in a less regimented environment?