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Letters to a Young Gymnast
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Comaneci, the Romanian teen star of the gymnastics competition at the 1976 Olympic Games who later defected to the West, combines a memoir with advice to up-and-coming athletes on living "the disciplined life."
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The record-breaking gymnast provides a firsthand look into the world of the female athlete as she shows what it takes to achieve athletic perfection, offering inspiring stories from her own experience, anecdotes, and practical advice that reveal the mindset of a top competitor.
A unique glimpse into the remarkable life, and fascinating mindset, of the woman who broke records-and boundaries-for female athletes everywhere
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 youve realized your dream to the necessity of a spirit forged with mettle,” Comanecis thoughts on athleticism and sacrifice are eye-opening.
If there were such a thing as an "elder" stateswoman in women's gymnastics today, Comaneci would win that title as readily as she once won gold medals. With grit and determination, Comaneci shows what it takes to achieve athletic perfection and become the best.
About the Author
Born in 1961 in Onesti, Romania, Nadia Comaneci made sports history during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal by scoring the first perfect "10.00" in a gymnastics competition. By the end of that Olympiad, she had repeated that feat six more times, winning three gold medals, as well as silver and bronze. She defected to the U.S. in 1989. Since then she has remained very active in promoting her sport, and is now married to American gymnast Bart Conner, himself a two-time Olympic champion. Together they run the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, publish International Gymnast magazine, run Perfect 10 Productions, and travel the world in support of the Special Olympics, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and other charities. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma.
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