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For 40 years, Karolyis the guiding force of gymnastics

Updated: July 15, 2004, 6:59 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW WAVERLY, Texas -- Bela Karolyi was showing off his house deep in the heart of Sam Houston State Forest, pointing out the loft where Mary Lou Retton once slept, recalling the history of the numerous hunting trophies when he heard the door open.

"Uh-oh,'' he said.

"Oh, Bela!'' his wife, Martha, cried when she saw the unexpected guests. "The house is not quite in order!''

Soon after, the reporters were ushered out.

Bela may be the showman, a larger-than-life ...

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