Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
Bela Karolyi has long-been recognized as one of the world's most outstanding Olympic gymnastics coaches. This program presents some of the teaching techniques that he used while working with Olympic gold medalists Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci. Karolyi begins by teaching many of the fundamentals of gymnastics and concludes with several highly advanced, Olympic-style routines. Several of the Karolyi Elite Team's demonstrations are shown in slow-motion to make it easier to recognize the different elements of each routine. Exciting performance clips from past Olympic competitions are interspersed with the teaching segments.