Coaching in Romania:
Coaching in the USA:
In the '80s and early '90s, Bela and Martha Karolyi became the go-to coaches in the US. Gymnasts from around the country moved to Texas to be trained by the husband and wife, hoping they would become the next Mary Lou or Nadia. Karolyi continued to win, too. He coached Kim Zmeskal to the 1991 world all-around gold -- the first American woman to win that title. Dominique Moceanu became the youngest senior national all-around champion in 1995, and she and Kerri Strug both earned gold with the 1996 Olympic women's team -- another historic medal for the United States.
He officially retired from coaching after the 1996 Games, but came back as the national team coordinator for the 2000 Games. Since then, Martha has taken over as the US national team coordinator, while Bela often works as a commentator and announcer with NBC or at USA gymnastics meets.
Allegations of Abuse:
Additional allegations, including deprivation of food and verbal abuse around the gymnasts' weights and bodies, were made in the 1995 book Little Girls in Pretty Boxes.
The Karolyis have denied or refused to comment on the accusations, and some former gymnasts have supported them, or said that winning gold medals justified the training methods. In 2008, Kim Zmeskal told the LA Times, "I don't know where [Moceanu is] coming from," From my personal experience, she's coming from a different planet. It's a difficult process and there are a lot of pieces to becoming the very best in the world."
On November 28, 1963, Karolyi married Martha Eross, and the couple has one daughter, Andrea. The Karolyis live on a ranch in Huntsville, Texas in the Sam Houston National Forest near Houston. It's also the site of their gymnastics camp, and the National Training Center for women's gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.