Appeared as a guest commentator for USA gymnastics.
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.
Coached Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug at the Olympics, memorably offering Strug a motivating speech after she injured her ankle.
Retired as a coach.
Became the head coach of the United States' womens's Olympic gymnastics team.
Coached gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Julianne McNamara at the Olympic Games.
Defected to the United States with his wife, settling in Oklahoma.
Was the head coach of the Romanian gymnastics squad at the Olympics in Montreal, which took home seven medals.
Debuted as an international coach.
Coached nine Olympic champions.
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.
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.
Began his athletic career as a national junior boxing champion and a member of the Romanian hammer throwing team.