World-renowned gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi said Friday he has been lured out of retirement to coach former pupil Kim Zmeskal in her comeback.
Karolyi, who coached Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton to Olympic gold, said he couldn't resist when the 1991 World Champion asked him to coach again."My very quiet and happy life has been interrupted by this little thing next to me," Karolyi said. "I had a hard time convincing myself to come back. But I said to myself, `Bela, you've never had anyone so dedicated and close to your heart. You must come back!' "
Karolyi and Zmeskal, who announced the comeback at the 1994 Budget Rent A Car Gymnastics Invitational at the Worcester Centrum, are eyeing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and a chance to erase bad memories from the 1992 Games.