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Category: Coaches, Gymnasts, Olympic Athletes

Highlights: One of the most accomplished gymnastics coaches ever, Hall of Famer Bela Karolyi served as coach to 9 Olympic gold medalists, include Nadia Comaneci, Kerri Strug and Mary Lou Retton.

Travels From: Texas

Fee Range: $5,001 - $10,000

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Bela Karolyi is one of the best-known and successful gymnastics coaches in the history of the sport, having coached nine Olympic gold medalist including Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Dominique Moceanu, Julianne McNamara and Kerri Strug. He additionally coached six United States national champions and 15 world champions. Karolyi became a member of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997 and, along with his wife Marta, was inducted in 2000 into the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In 2014, Karolyi and his wife were honored by the United States Olympic Endowment with the George M. Steinbrenner III Sport Leadership Award.

Born on September 13, 1942 in Kolozsvar, Hungary (now Romania), Karolyi caught the word’s attention after serving as head coach of the Romanian team at the 1976 Summer Games, which captured seven medals and culminated in Comaneci receiving the first-ever perfect 10 at the Olympics. In 1981, Karolyi sought political asylum in the U.S. and eventually settled in Texas, where he continued his coaching, including for Retton and McNamara, both of whom won gold at the 1984 Summer Games. Karolyi’s training and coaching methods were so successful that between 2001-2018, USA Gymnastics used the Karolyi Ranch as its national training facility. In addition to his coaching, Karolyi served as a correspondent for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

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