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THE NADIA MOVIE
Lies, lies, and more lies! For today’s commissioned episode, we watched the 1984 made-for-TV movie Nadia, a Very Highly Extremely Unauthorized biography of Nadia Comaneci, and we seriously just can’t with it. We discuss:
- Things that definitely 100% happened and aren’t lies at all, like Bela Karolyi creepily discovering Nadia at recess
- The villain of this tale: Communism
- The very important *IMMEDIATE CHOREOGRAPHED FRIENDSHIP DANCE* between Nadia and Teodora
- Interrupting the judges in the middle of Tourischeva’s floor routine (!)
- Anachronistic hair: A deep discussion
- Marcia Frederick’s stunts are the only watchable part
- The first double pike beam dismount ever competed? Maria Filatova (USSR) 1977
- This movie did Teodora Ungureanu dirty
- Is this the only gymnastics movie where the stunt work is harder than the real routines they’re portraying?
- Wait…did they turn Nellie Kim white?
- Creating the future: Did Bela reenact some of these scenes later in his career?
- Some very sensitive and thoughtful treatment of weight and suicide. Healthy and helpful. Good good.
- The moral of the story might be anorexia
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Project K: Secret Police Documents on the Karolyis
- Introduction to Project K Operation Olympia explained
- Project K Episode One:Interview with Nadia & The Secret Police Author Dr. Stejarel Olaru
- Project K Episode Two:Interview with Nadia & The Secret Police Author Dr. Stejarel Olaru
- Project K: Romanian Gymnastics Documents of Abuse, Neglect & Authority
- Project K: Decoding Romanian Secret Police Files on The Karolyis with Dr. Simona Petracovschi
- Behind The Scenes: Project K
- Behind The Scenes: More Project K (for Karolyi) Details
- McKayla Maroney Interview
- Growing Up at Round Lake
- Boginskaya Interview
- Aly and Lynn Raisman Interview
- Vanessa Atler Interview
- Mini-Commissions Hall of Fame
- Tokyo Olympics Recap
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