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267: Growing Up In Cuba with Charlie Tamayo

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THIS WEEK’S INTERVIEW

Creator of the laid-out double arabian, Charlie Tamayo, is here. The first male gymnast to win a World medal for Cuba tell us what it was like to grow up in the Cuban gymnastics system. We discuss:

  • Being selected for a special sports school
  • Daily life at the National School of Gymnastics, including ballet classes
  • Conditions in Cuba, from power to food to the politics of getting a phone
  • What gymnasts were told when they weren’t allowed to compete internationally
  • The vault that he thought would change his life
  • What happened to his competition and gala earnings 
  • Learning a full twisting double back vault before it was named for Ri Se-gwang
  • Competing with a broken ankle
  • Defecting
  • Learning to coach in the United States
  • Some videos of Charlie Tamayo training the Tamayo and inside his gym in Cuba

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dianajc99
4 years ago

what podcast was the 20 minute soviet conditioning circuit explained?

EmilyAnn
EmilyAnn
4 years ago

This was one of my favorite episodes. Charlie’s love for the sport, willingness to grow and sincerity really shine through. It was so educational.

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