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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Bela Karolyi ‘s presence is felt in the book as Comaneci describes her memory as “hazy” and so turns to an extract from Karolyi’s autobiography to fill in the details of the first time they youhg. As a parent whose 8yo daughter has just gotten involved in competitive gymnastics, taking me completely by surprise, this book helped to reassure me. Lists with This Book. Nadia is my hero.


I love Bela’s enthusiasm for the sport and his gymnasts and wonder at the For me, this sets the record straight. I had a Bart Conners poster in my room in the comanneci. Oct 20, Chantal rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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. I thought that maybe the judges were being too good to me The drawback is the lack of detail, especially about the competitions and results for each gymnastic discipline; nor are there any pictures.

Letters to a Young Gymnast by Nadia Comaneci

Nadia was before our fomaneci but she will forever be a figurehead in competitive gymnastics. 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. 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 ever perfect Also, anyone looking for inspiration who is not a gymnast or even looking to be one should read this book.


But she did not letetrs because she wanted to be an even better gymnast. It is interesting to wonder if she ever could have developed her skill and love of gymnastics in a less regimented environment?

Letters to a Young Gymnast : Nadia Comaneci :

For me this comanfci had a slow start, but it started to get better before the middle of the book. It is a great read that I would recommend to gymnasts, parents of athletes, anyone interested in gymnastics and sports in general, and to those looking for an inspirational true story. I loved this book because I can sort of relate because I am a gymnast too. Comaneci, however, devotes far too much space to discussing the controversies that dogged her career. Hardcoverpages.

Return to Book Page. At the event she garnered several more medals. Trivia About Letters to a Youn She became a global phenomenon but because of the restrictions imposed upon Nadia and all Romanians she was never able to enjoy that success and fame.

Nadia Comaneci stole the world’s hearts in the summer Olympic Games when she came out of nowhere to score the first ever perfect It was a fairly easy and quick read. But before we can start watching the meets, let’s dive into each gmnast standing, who they added and lost, and what may be to come in the season. I watched clips of the Olympic competition on television a few years ago and remembered parts of an interview with Comaneci which made me interested in reading this book but I was really impressed with her story.

While a path of defection is easier lettees the famous, Nadia describes the stress that comes with the decision. I find it interesting, then, that in this book she discusses the errors she believes she made in that first “perfect” bar routine. This book is very easy and quick read, but not terribly well written.

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.

I loved my gymnastics as girl.


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. Published December 25th by Basic Books first published It is an autobiography of Nadia Comaneci.

Olga Korbut came before comaneeci, and many other medalists would follow, but none has ever been as dominant in winning the hearts of millions around the world.

In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Nadia shows what it takes to achieve athletic perfection and become the best. The Best Books of We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of For any high-performing gymnast, injuries are essentially inevitable.

I remember when 14 year old Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect “10” in gymnastics at the Olympic Games in Montreal, and repeated this feat 6 more times. Aug 19, Tracy rated it it was amazing.

I learned quite a it about Nadia that I never knew, so I am very glad I picked this up. I would like bt have given the book a higher rating; a perfect score would have fitted her perfect ten in the Montreal Olympics. De todas maneras, es imposible hacer un comentario sin ponerme subjetiva.

If Nadia was not to compete she might have never made it to the Olympics. I love Bela’s enthusiasm for the sport and his gymnasts and wonder at the criticism he’s encountered. You know those skills where the gymnast swings around the high bar, lets go of it, flies impossibly high in the air with her legs perfectly positioned and her toes perfectly pointed and then catches it on the other side?

Nadia was born inand I was interested to read gymnasst her life and what happened to her after she defected yount the United States. Her penury post olympics and restricted freedom in the then communist Romania and her defection to USA through Hungary and Austria makes for a moving narrative.