For nearly two decades, women’s gymnastics was synonymous with the name Bela Karolyi. Born in Romania, Karolyi innovated a new gymnastics-training program in the 1960s and 1970s and soon the world took notice of one of his first students, Nadia Comaneci. Karolyi led Comaneci to victory as the head coach of the Romanian team at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. Soon after, Karolyi, along with his wife, Marta, relocated to Houston, Texas, where they built a gym and training facilities on a ranch. In 1984, he made his debut on the U.S. Olympics team as the coach of all-around champion Mary Lou Retton.
By 1988, Karolyi was head coach of the U.S. team, but he is perhaps best remembered for the 1996 Olympic team, which featured the “Magnificent Seven,” including Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug, and ultimately won the team gold medal. Karolyi retired from coaching shortly thereafter but he and his wife still run a gymnastics camp.
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**Bela Karolyi Speaker**
As one of the most successful coaches in gymnastics history, Bela Karolyi speaker topics are sure to touch on his many career highlights as well as offer inspiration for achieving at the highest level, with advice that will translate to any endeavor.
**Bela Karolyi Appearance**
Perhaps the most famous Bela Karolyi appearance was when the coach carried an injured Kerri Strug up to the platform to receive her team gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games at Atlanta. The moment was later spoofed on “Saturday Night Live.”
**Bela Karolyi Endorsement**
The most important Bela Karolyi endorsements have come from the decorated gymnasts he has trained throughout his career, including Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Phoebe Mills, Dominique Moceanu and Kim Zmeskal.
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