Bela Karolyi

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Born: 09/13/1942 in Cluj-Napoca, , RO

Filmography

Actor (8)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Superstar Gymnasts 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock 'n' Roll Skating Championship 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox's Rock 'n Roll Skating Championships II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox's Rock n' Roll Skating Championships 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nadia Comaneci: Return to Romania 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Relationships

Marta Karolyi Consultant

Wife

Milestones

2008

Appeared as a guest commentator for USA gymnastics.

1999

Was brought as team coordinator for USA gymnastics, but his insistence on rigorous training programs for the athletes made many coaches feel he was interfering with their work.

1996

Coached  Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug at the Olympics, memorably offering Strug a motivating speech after she injured her ankle.

1996

Retired as a coach.

1988

Became the head coach of the United States' womens's Olympic gymnastics team.

1984

Coached gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Julianne McNamara at the Olympic Games.

1981

Defected to the United States with his wife, settling in Oklahoma.

1976

Was the head coach of the Romanian gymnastics squad at the Olympics in Montreal, which took home seven medals.

1974

Debuted as an international coach.

Bonus Trivia

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Coached nine Olympic champions.

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Had the mandatory five-year waiting period to establish U.S. citizenship personally waved by two senators so that he could coach the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 1988 Olympics.

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Carried his student Kerri Strug to the podium to accept her gold medal at the 1996 Olympics after she injured her ankle and was unable to walk.

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Began his athletic career as a national junior boxing champion and a member of the Romanian hammer throwing team.

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Began coaching the gymnastics team at the Romania College of Physical Education during his senior year at the institution. His future wife, Marta, was the star of the team.

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