“Feel No Fear” – gymnastics book


I recently purchased Bela Karolyi’s book “Feel No Fear: The Power, Passion & Politics in a life of gymnastics“.It arrived today, I’m really looking forward to reading it although I haven’t yet finished the other book I purchased Vladimir Zaglada’s book One Coach’s Journey from East to West:  How the Fall of the Iron Curtain Changed the World of Gymnastics. In saying that I also haven’t finished Monem Jemni’s “The Science of Gymnastics“, it’s heavy reading so I flit in and out of it from time to time.

If you have any other gymnastics books to recommend, please leave a comment below to share with others gymnastics fans. 


  1. Marieke says:

    “Chalked up” by Jennifer Sey

    “Shannon Miller, My Child, My Hero” by Claudia Miller

    “Landing on my Feet, a Diary of Dreams” by Kerri Strug

    “Dominique Moceanu : An American Champion : An Autobiography” by Dominique Moceanu (written before Atlanta)

    “Unfavorable Odds” by Kim Hamilton Anthony

    “Nadia: The Autobiography of Nadia Comaneci” (this one may be hard to find, but I found it at my local library.)

    That should keep you busy!

  2. Marieke says:

    “Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters” Joan Ryan

  3. Megan says:

    I bought this book when it first came out in the 90s and I’ve read it more times than I can count. LOVE it!

    I have a different cover, by the way. Where did you buy yours?

  4. Marieke says:

    my cover is different too, it has Kim Zmeskal on it with him. I think this one shown is a newer re-print of it.

  5. Admin says:

    I probably have the same cover as you both, this was the best image I could find of the book online.

    Marieke, thank you so much, such great suggestions!

  6. Marieke says:

    LOL.. I just had to look at my shelf! I have figure skating books because I used to compete in skating, but love gymnastics! I went to Atlanta in 96 and watched every competition. It was amazing!

    There are also books written by Krista Quiner. She wrote one about Kim Zmeskal, Kim Zmeskal: Determination to Win: A Biography
    Shannon Miller, Shannon Miller: America’s Most Decorated Gymnast : A Biography
    Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Moceanu: A Gymnastics Sensation

    Shannon Miller wrote one herself, “Winning Every Day” not so much of a bio but more about how she dealt with stress, injury…

    Kerri Strug wrote one for kids (yes I own it too), “Heart of Gold”

    “The Magnificent Seven: The Authorized Story of American Gold” N.H. Kleinbaum

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