Numerous security reports refer to the suffering of the young girls who trained under Bella Caroli in Romania in the 1970s. Stjarel Ularu, an expert in Romanian intelligence, has seen files created regarding the Hungarian coach and most successful gymnast, Nadia Comaneci.
Comanoli saw Comanecit at a six-year-old schoolhouse in the village school and hit him on the spot. He took him to the center where he trained the Romanian gymnastics team. Eight years later, Comaneci became the first to score the highest score in sporting history by showing at the Olympics.
This success was so important to the leadership and to Nikolai Ceausescu herself that they listened and watched the coach, the girl and their environment as well.
He now found reports on these, Stejarel Olaru and Nadia, and has also written a book about him, entitled Securitate. It turns out what aggressive methods Caroly and his wife used in the training camps.
He writes, “The coach and Martha, his wife, starved gymnasts, beat them, withdrew money they received from competitions, verbally insulted them, and often denied them the necessary medical treatment.”
According to the book, gymnasts ate toothpaste before going to bed, and were very hungry. Sometimes they would drink water from the toilet tank in secret because they weren’t even allowed to drink. Many of them became infected with bulimia, and others learned to steal food and hide it in various hideouts.
Nadia Comaneci is 59 years old today and lives in the United States. That’s all he told the Times about the bookHe heard about it and spoke to the author as well. He told her he described everything in his book The Letters to a Young Gymnast and he didn’t want to say anything else about it. Bella Caroli has not commented on what Olaro described to the newspaper.
A few years ago, that scandal shook all American gymnastsWhich marked the end of the career of the legendary Caroli, who immigrated to America in the 1980s and became the coach of the Olympic team there. Then, Larry Nassar, the team’s doctor, was sentenced to 175 years in prison for child sexual abuse and harassment.