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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Books of the Week. I did not know that he was Hungarian and not “in” with the powers that were. The mandate had been set. Oct 23, Libby Conners rated it really liked it. Nov 24, Jessica rated it liked it. As a gymnast and fan, I have a more than slightly obsessive knowledge of gymnastics today, but the book transported me to a world that I had never experienced before; gymnastics in the late 20th century.

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Hosted by Aerial Athletics in San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo Classic is a start to the club gymnastics meet season that gathers many talented gymnasts in a competitive arena. The most interesting theme in the book for me was the development of Comaneci’s relationship with Bela. We often forget how much we have living in America. This gymast also shows how prejudice could change some ones life.

Nadia was my childhood idol, I spent many hours watching the movie of her life over and over. Overall, amazing story and book. Another part of this book that intrigued me was her road to the Olympics and her relationship with her coaches and how they got along during the Olympics. The drawback is the ti of detail, especially about the competitions and results for each gymnastic discipline; nor are there any pictures.


In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Comaneci writes as if she is replying to a pen pal’s questions about her life. Some of the rumours surrounding her appear to be unfounded; she was not wealthy and her relationship with the son of Ceausescu was not as it appeared. Her words, aimed directly at the reader, help us to connect with her and her story.

They can give you ideas and direction, but in the end, you have to do it alone. 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. Feb 27, Ram rated it it was amazing Shelves: She was doing club gymnastics at Flames when she was little.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Apr 18, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: I remember when 14 year old Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect “10” in gymnastics at the Olympic Lettters in Montreal, and repeated this feat 6 more times. Little Nadia was refusing to quit but she couldn’t find another gym.

More discussions about the sport and less defensiveness about mostly forgotten gossip would have strengthened this mentoring guide. Her story of her defection from Romania is very interesting as well. I loved every part of it. Comaneci summarises her philosophy: Nadia is known as the woman who scored the first perfect 10 in olympic gymnastics.

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I highly recommend this book it is a fun read and I recommend it for anybody, gymnasts especially. Although Comaneci’s descriptions of her harsh life in Romania although far easier than most under dictator Ceausescu are compelling, and her decision to defect in completely understandable, she does not acknowledge that the man who facilitated her escape, Constantin Panait, was anything other than a personal manager.

Nadia writes this autobiographical book like she is responding to a young gymnast asking her questions.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This year it will be the weekend of Januaryand gymnastics fans are counting down the days until they can see new routines and bigger upgrades from their favorite comanwci. Be willing to sacrifice-it makes success even sweeter.

Letters to a Young Gymnast

Comaneci is a very focused and very disciplined athlete. Growing up watching the Olympics on TV, Nadia was a hero. I like the simple prose and the format here. Description In Letters to a Young GymnastNadia Comaneci tells how she found the inner strength to become a gymnat athlete at such a young age.