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Béla Károlyi

Coach from United States of America

Béla Károlyi Béla Károlyi (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbeːlɒ ˈkaːroji]; born September 13, 1942) is a Romanian gymnastics coach of Hungarian ethnicity. He was born in what was then Kolozsvár, Hungary , now Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Károlyi and his wife, Márta, also of Hungarian origin, emigrated to the United States in 1981 and both have dual citizenships for Romania and the United States. The Károlyis have coached both Romanian and United States Olympic teams to medal-winning success. Among the gymnasts Béla and Márta Károlyi have trained are Nadia Comăneci, Mary Lou Retton, Betty Okino, Kerri Strug, Teodora Ungureanu, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Phillips, Dominique Moceanu, and Kerri Strug, whom he is famous for carrying to the podium after she injured her ankle on the gold medal-winning vault in the team competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. In total, Károlyi has coached nine Olympic champions, fifteen world champions, sixteen European medalists and six U.S. national champions. Béla Károlyi was originally a national junior boxing champion and a member of the Romanian hammer throwing team. His wife Márta was involved in gymnastics. After competing in the 1956 Olympics in the hammer  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Bela Karolyi
Date of birth
1942-09-13
Place of birth
Cluj-Napoca
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
Coach

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