Letters to a Young Gymnast

Letters to a Young Gymnast 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

  • Title: Letters to a Young Gymnast
  • Author: Nadia Comaneci Nancy Richardson Fischer
  • ISBN: 9780465025053
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 you ve realized your dream to the necessity of a spirit forged with mettle, Comaneci s thoughts onIn 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 you ve realized your dream to the necessity of a spirit forged with mettle, Comaneci s thoughts on athleticism and sacrifice are eye opening.

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    1. For me, this sets the record straight. While this is an inspirational book, and is intended to be so, what I get from it is a better understanding of the story of two incredible people, Nadia and her famous coach Bela Karolyi. I cannot think of one without the other.I only catch Nadia and Bela every four years when I watch the Summer Olympics. Their stories are intriguing and each has had their share of good and bad press. I love Bela's enthusiasm for the sport and his gymnasts and wonder at the [...]

    2. Nadia Comaneci stole the world's hearts in the 1976 summer Olympic Games when she came out of nowhere to score the first ever perfect 10d then six more. In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Comaneci writes as if she is replying to a pen pal's questions about her life. From her early childhood in the tiny village of Onesti, Romania climbing trees, to being spotted doing cartwheels by Bela Karolyi. To her intense training and sheltered life, to the Olympics (just another competition in her eyes), to gro [...]

    3. Me temo que no puedo ser imparcial al juzgar este libro (Nadia es muy grande para mí). De todas maneras, es imposible hacer un comentario sin ponerme subjetiva. Voy ya con ello.La única pega que le puedo poner es el estilo de escritura. Y ni siquiera es una pega en sí. El inglés no es el primer idioma de Nadia y se nota. Esto puede que resulte disuasivo a la hora de meterse en la narración, no es mi caso. Ya sea porque el inglés tampoco es mi lengua madre, o sencillamente porque Nadia tien [...]

    4. Ay Nadia. Quizá no sea del todo objetiva porque Comaneci me puede, pero me ha gustado mucho el libro. Se nota que el inglés no es su primera lengua y la prosa es muy sencilla, pero aún así creo que es capaz de transmitir todo lo que pretende. Quizá no he conocido muchísimas cosas nuevas -demasiadas lecturas, documentales y programas dedicados a ella-, pero sí que enseña su punto de vista y deshace algunos rumores estúpidos que siempre han surgido en torno a ella. Siempre es bonito, y du [...]

    5. The autobiography “Letters to a Young Gymnast” by Nadia Comaneci is the story of her life in the gymnastics world. I loved this book because I can sort of relate because I am a gymnast too. The part I can most relate to is the hard and grueling practices. But the part that helped me was how to get through things and I think that, that is the message she is trying to send throughout the book. Nadia’s life is very interesting. The part that I found the most fascinating is how she stumbled [...]

    6. Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to ever receive a perfect 10 score in Olympic gymnastics in 1976 at the Olympics in Montreal, Canada. She was a fourteen year old elite Romain gymnast. She became famous because she caught the hearts and minds of the world through her daring and magnificent skills and routines. Once the 1976 Olympics was over Nadia had won seven perfect 10s, 3 gold medals, 1 silver, and one bronze. Then at the 1980 Moscow Olympics Nadia earned two more gold medals and two mor [...]

    7. Interesting and surprisingly deep. Covers her early life in Romania, her gymnastics career, her relationship with the Karolyis, life in Ceaușescus Romania, her defection, and her marriage to Bart Connor.

    8. Letters to a Young Gymnast by Nadia Comaneci is a truly inspirational tale. Nadia started out in Onesti, Romania in a family that comped afford only the nessecities. She was doing club gymnastics at Flames when she was little. However, when Nada turned seven, her gymnastics was getting on expensive for her family you afford. She was told to find another, cheaper gym or quit. Little Nadia was refusing to quit but she couldn't find another gym. Just as she was about to give up hope, on a fateful d [...]

    9. With the recent gymnastics events from China, I became interested again in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal when Nadia Comaneci transformed the sport of women's gymnastics when she got 7 perfect "10's" for her events. Nadia was born in 1961, and I was interested to read about her life and what happened to her after she defected to the United States.This book is very easy and quick read, but not terribly well written. It was good to remember the oppressive system under which she lived, and why defec [...]

    10. I enjoyed reading Nadia Comaneci's autobiography. I would like to have given the book a higher rating; a perfect score would have fitted her perfect ten in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. I was 11 years old in 1976 and I was entranced by the 14 year old gymnast from Romania who won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and another 2 in 1980. She was probably the star of the Montreal Olympics. She became a global phenomenon but because of the restrictions imposed upon Nadia and all Romanians she was never able to en [...]

    11. Growing up watching the Olympics on TV, Nadia was a hero. It is interesting to see how she feels about her childhood, training, and how she was treated by her country and fans. As far as I could tell, Nadia wrote this book herself, not using someone else to transfer her memories to the written page. It was remarkably well written and poignant, even if English had been her first language (she learned English as an adult). Having recently read the autobiographies of American athletes, it is intere [...]

    12. “Letters to a Young Gymnast - The Art of Mentoring” by Nadia Comaneci is an autobiography detailing her inspiring story from starting out as a young gymnast to the glory of not only winning Olympic Gold at the age of 14 but being the first gymnast in history to score a perfect 10! This is a lovely story of an extremely talented, determined, courageous and resilient athlete. It is a great read that I would recommend to gymnasts, parents of athletes, anyone interested in gymnastics and sports [...]

    13. Letters to a Young Gymnast by Nadia Comaneci, is a 180 pg. autobiography about her achievements, and her hard work. It started off with her being a young girl in Romania, and starting to take gymnastics. A gymnastics school found her, an wanted her to join the school. This book really shows how she evolves during her years as a gymnast. She was the first gymnasts to receive a perfect 10 at the Olympics. Through out the book, it talks about all the competitions she has gone to, the people she has [...]

    14. Growing up my sister attended gymnastics class and watched a lot of gymnastics on TV. Since we were a one television household, I watched a lot as well.Nadia was before our time but she will forever be a figurehead in competitive gymnastics. Nadia writes this autobiographical book like she is responding to a young gymnast asking her questions. It's a questionable tactic, but it gives Nadia's voice a chance to shine through.It's a sad book. Her storytelling of her perfect 10's were anti-climatic [...]

    15. It is an autobiography of Nadia Comaneci. Written in the form of letters to a young and upcoming gymnast, it offers a glimpse into the life of one of the most popular olympic stars. 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. She also intersperses her narrative with her most famous gymnastic routines.

    16. I remember when 14 year old Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect "10" in gymnastics at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and repeated this feat 6 more times. Only 13 years old, there was no way I could have understood how being a young girl in Romania was any different than being a young girl in Canada. This is a very interesting read about her young life of training, her success as a gymnast and her defection to America.

    17. An absolutely lovely book. I felt as though I was with Nadia through the events she described in this book. As a parent whose (8yo) daughter has just gotten involved in competitive gymnastics, taking me completely by surprise, this book helped to reassure me. Nadia often gives the kind of advice that I would want my daughter to hear (the importance of eating enough, for a quick example) and she will be receiving a copy of this book for Christmas this year.

    18. Nadia Comaneci is a remarkable woman who enjoys her craft. She does a beautiful job conveying what it meant to be an elite gymnast in Communist Romania. 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. This small easy to read book is the truth in Nadia's own words.

    19. A fascinating account of the life of a famous gymnast. While I knew some about Nadia's life growing up, I really had no clue what happened after her gymnastics career ended. It was interesting to hear in her own words how she ended up where she is today. While some of the writing was a bit clunky. It was a fairly easy and quick read.

    20. It was an amazing book. Nadia is my hero. I thought the writing was actually quite good, especially considering English wasn't her first language. I really admire her for so many things, but above all, her courage to defect. Some day, I want to do some of the skills she did, but for now, the Comaneci salto seems impossible!

    21. I really appreciated this. Nadia is known as the woman who scored the first perfect 10 in olympic gymnastics. I find it interesting, then, that in this book she discusses the errors she believes she made in that first "perfect" bar routine. Her story of her defection from Romania is very interesting as well. I learned quite a it about Nadia that I never knew, so I am very glad I picked this up.

    22. I love reading autobiographies. Nadia was my childhood idol, I spent many hours watching the movie of her life over and over. This was a great read, I walked away deeply moved learning the truth about her life. Reading the truth about her life was very sad and humbling. We often forget how much we have living in America.

    23. I loved my gymnastics as girl. I had a Bart Conners poster in my room in the 80's. Scenes from Nadia the movie will forever be etched in my mind. And so I wanted to love this book.but the writing style was awkward and uncomfortable.

    24. I had no idea. 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. Honestly told and reflective this is something I would recommend.

    25. Although it almost feels like she's attacking the reader at times, Comaneci's autobiography answers questions about her life through the 1990s consistently and well enough while coming across as like a cathartic release process for the author at the same time.

    26. If your really interested in Nadia Comeneci, I would definitely recommend this book. She tells you her whole ordeal of living in a communist country while trying to become a gymnast. I really enjoyed the book and the movie. Also it was a quick read.

    27. Really interesting, though the format was a little unusual for me - the constant use of Friend throughout was jarring rather than intimate. I remembered the name though not anything else about her, and really enjoyed reading this book, and am glad she is happy.

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