Legendary Kim shares experience with Thai coaches, gymnasts

Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Legendary Russian gymnast Nellie Kim continues to inspire many youngsters and coaches around the world.
The former Soviet gymnast, who won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Games, and two gold medals at the 1980 Moscow Games, recently shared her experience with clubs and schools in Bangkok, Thailand.
“I don’t know exactly the number of participants, but there were more than 100 gymnasts besides coaches and parents,” said Kim.
The 60-year-old also gave motivation speeches and replied to various queries from the inquisitive coaches and students.
“I gave lectures to the coaches, judges and officials and how to prepare quality judges and also helped on the psychological aspect in a gymnast,” added Kim, who earned her PhD in 2012.
On her impressive career she said: “All my Olympic medals are dear to me, same as the World all-around gold, but I always think of that childhood victory with great warmth in my heart.”
She has coached South Korea, Italy and Belarus national teams. In 1984, Kim became the International Brevet Judge and judged many international competitions, including European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games.
“I also guided the Asian Games-bound Thai gymnasts on their technicalities and shared my life’s experience with them,” said Nellie, who signed autographs and had a photo session with the participants.