368: No-No-Nunnoisms (Commissioned)

Jun 18, 2019 | Commissions, GymCastic, Podcast

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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?

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