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Feel No Fear: The Power, Passion, and Politics of a Life in Gymnastics

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The controversial gymnastics coach shares his own personal story of a life in gymnastics, detailing his career in his communist homeland, clashes with Romanian secret police, defection, and work with such stars as Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton. Reprint.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 11th 1996 by Hyperion (first published 1994)
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Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I grew up a gymnast. I don't ever remember loving anything more than this sport as a child. I read this book when I was 12. Not many kids are reading autobios, but I was obsessed. And Karolyi's bio didn't disappoint. To this day I still remember where he describes his bold grandmother doing a flip off a cart...I think that's how it goes. Anyway, I love the spirit in this book. His dedication came through and empowered me. I had the honor of meeting Karolyi as a child and I will always treasure ...more
Kathy Petrakis
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had this sitting on my bookshelf for years and decided to finally read it. Read it in one sitting. Very well written - it was a biography that read like a story with heartfelt frustrations for both the coach and the athletes.
Bela Karolyi’s ghosted autobiography covers his upbringing in Communist Rumania, where he coached Nadia Comaneci to Olympic Gold in gymnastics, and his defection to the US, where he successfully resumed his coaching with Mary Lou Retton.

Though it will appeal mostly to gymnastics fans, in some ways, the gymnastics in Feel No Fear feels incidental. It’s the rest of Karolyi’s story that is compelling. In particular, his account of finding himself in a new and difficult-to-navigate society where he
I have to admit that I am a skeptic when it comes to Bela Karolyi. I didn't expect a lot of truth to be found in his autobiography and after reading the book, I continue to believe that at best much of what it contains are half-truths about his coaching career. Bela excels at spinning a good yarn and his charisma and energy are unquestionable. His autobiography is very readable and the first half is quite interesting. However, Bela's claims of injustice and unfairness increase steadily as the ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoires, sport
V podstate ide o biografiu Karolyiho. Kniha vzdava poctu jeho zivotu, neunavnemu boju proti byrokracii v Rumunsku i neskor v USA po emigracii, ale hlavne tym dievcatam, co vedeli vypustit dusu na treningu i v sutazi. Staru story o Kerri Strugg a jej druhom preskoku s vytknutym/zlomenym clenkom, ktorym zabezpecila USA dievcatam zlate medaile uz hadam ani netreba pripominat.
A hoci Bela isto nie je len pozitivnym clovekom, tak sa mu neda upriet, ze vedel ako na to a za svoje zverenkyne bol ochotny
Angelina Mast
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and learning how Bela Karolyi ended up coaching gymnastics and then how he managed to become a great coach in this country. It really surprised me with what he and Marta went through and how he got where he is today. I found this book to be a quick, easy read and it highlighted a little on his "famous" gymnasts as well, but most the focus was on him and what he did to get where he is. Very enlightening story. For any Mary Lou Retton Fan or any gymnastic fan, you will enjoy ...more
Stephanie York
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book when I went to Beal Karolyi's gymnastics camp one year. It was very cool geting to read all about someone who has inspired so many lives. It was also neat getting to read about his gym and who all had taken gym there knowing that I had gone to gymnastics camp in that same gym.
Jun 05, 2007 rated it liked it
I read this at the height of my gymnastics obsession, but it's still a decent book
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good when I was 16, probably wouldn't like it now. . .
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