Béla Károlyi

Coach, TV Actor

1942 –


Who is Béla Károlyi?

Béla Károlyi is a Romanian gymnastics coach of Hungarian ethnicity. He was born in Kolozsvár, Hungary.

Károlyi and his wife, Márta, also of Hungarian origin, emigrated to the United States in 1981 and both have dual citizenships for Romania and the United States. The Károlyis have coached both Romanian and United States Olympic teams to medal-winning success.

Among the gymnasts Béla and Márta Károlyi have trained are Nadia Comăneci, Svetlana Boginskaya, Mary Lou Retton, Betty Okino, Teodora Ungureanu, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Phillips, Dominique Moceanu, and Kerri Strug, whom he is famous for carrying to the podium after she injured her ankle on the gold medal-winning vault in the team competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. In total, Károlyi has coached nine Olympic champions, fifteen world champions, sixteen European medalists and six U.S. national champions.

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Sep 13, 1942
Also known as
  • Bela Karolyi
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • Cluj-Napoca

on July 23, 2013


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