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The rest of the world laughed at American gymnastics before I came.

 
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Bela Karolyi
Bela Karolyi
  • Born: September 13, 1942
  • Nationality: Romanian
  • Profession: Gymnastics Coach

Béla Károlyi is a Romanian-American gymnastics coach. Early in his coaching career he developed the Romanian centralised training system for gymnastics. One of his earliest protégés was Nadia Comăneci, the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score. Living under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, Károlyi frequently clashed with Romanian officials and the Károlyis subsequently defected to the United States in 1981.

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