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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This is a lovely story of an extremely talented, determined, courageous and resilient athlete. If your really interested in Nadia Comeneci, I would definitely recommend this book. Be the letterx to ask a question about Letters to a Young Gymnast.

If you want to be 1, and are willing and able to do the work, he is clearly your “go to” guy. Their stories are intriguing and each has had their share of good and bad gjmnast. 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.

Book Review: ‘Letters to a Young Gymnast’ by Nadia Comaneci

This is a very interesting read about her young life of training, her success as a gymnast and her defection to America. Enjoy the process because preparation is everything. comanecu

I had no idea. Her story doesn’t end happily there, though; she has many years of hardships and misunderstandings in the U. Sep 19, Yvonne rated it it was ok Shelves: With the fear of imprisonment or being shot in the back, she bravely snuck out into the Romanian night and headed the six hours on foot to Hungary.

Published December 25th by Basic Books first published Romanian-born Comaneci took the sports world by storm when, at the age of 14, she was the first person in Olympic history to earn a perfect score in gymnastics. Lettes to a Young Gymnast.


Book Review: ‘Letters to a Young Gymnast’ by Nadia Comaneci

From her early childhood in the tiny village of Onesti, Romania climbing trees, to being spotted doing gymnash by Bela Karolyi. However, when Nada turned seven, her gymnastics was getting on expensive for her family you afford. I love reading autobiographies.

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.

But she did not mind because she wanted to be an even better gymnast.

Honestly told and reflective this is something I would recommend. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

If Nadia was not to compete she might have never made it to the Olympics. Having recently read lettters autobiographies gynast American athletes, it is interesting to compare her dependence and trust with her coach, the way she perceived the media attention, and the difficulties in earning a living through sport between athletes in the two countries.

Growing up watching the Olympics on TV, Nadia was a hero. A gymnast may be able to perfectly execute her routines in practice, but yyoung she is not mentally ready to face lettets crowd, judges and her own nerves, she will not perform to the best of her ability. Jan 01, Courtney Kirshe rated it really ho it. Nadia was before our time but she will forever be a figurehead in competitive gymnastics.

Really interesting, though the format was a little unusual for me – the constant use of Friend throughout was jarring rather than intimate.

Olga Korbut came before her, and many lstters medalists would follow, but none has ever been as dominant in winning the hearts of millions around the world. They can give you ideas and direction, but in the end, you have to do it alone. She was probably the star of the Montreal Olympics. Aug 19, Tracy rated it it was amazing. While I have read a number of books of defectors, the most recent being Mao’s Last Dancer, Nadia’s escape has to be the most heroic.


Hardcoverpages. This book covers her struggles as well as her accomplishments. While some of the writing was a bit clunky. I enjoyed learning more about Nadia’s life gymnastt her ownwords. Reading the truth about her life was very sad and humbling. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? An absolutely lovely book.

I hope I have achieved my aims for this review: It was good to remember the oppressive system under which she lived, and why defecting was such a terrifying thing she was afraid of being shot in the backand why her first interviews in the US were so hard and were so mis-read by all Americans.

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It is interesting to wonder if she ever could have developed her skill and love of gymnastics in a less regimented environment? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Feb 09, glad.

Nadia is my hero. Nadia writes this autobiographical book youhg she is responding to a young gymnast asking her questions. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It was a fairly easy and quick read.

Letters to a Young Gymnast

For me this book had a slow start, but it started to get better before the middle of lethers book. To her intense training and sheltered life, to the Olympics just another competition in her eyesto growing up and clashing with her coaches.

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. 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.