This episode has been commissioned by Club Gym Nerd members The Participation Sisters, who requested an episode called No-No Nunnoisms: The Era of Larger-Than-Life Coaches (and why it needed to end).
Disclaimer: We’re going to laugh about some of this stuff, and we also know Bela is horrible.
- Is Bela Karolyi patient zero for this kind of gymnastics coaching?
- Inside the belief that you needed an impassioned man to coach you to Olympic success (barf barf barf barf barf), and then the times when that was (sigh) actually true.
- NBC’s obsession with Bela Karolyi
- That horrific 1996 fluff piece on Kerri Strug — His defeat? The only man who could make her dreams come true? That boat-rowing methodology? OH HELL NO.
- “Bela’s girls”
- Obviously, Spencer can’t resist talking about that creep-burger 1995 Moceanu fluff or crazy 1992 articles
- Exaggerating the important of coaches by minimizing the athletes as “little girls,” even when they’re adults
- Bela and Nunno and the 1992 Trials war of words
- What have we (or should we have) learned from that era about the culture of the sport
- Have we come out of the era of larger-than-life coaches?
- Things Are Happening – June 14, 2019
- I Don’t Like Sheep – The Downgraded Elements
- American Classic Rosters
- The Japan Problem
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