"Author Cornel Vena was just a teenager when World War II ended, changing life in the tiny Transylvanian village of his childhood forever.
A ruthless Bolshevik army swarmed over the land, and his family faced an uncertain future living under a communist regime. But it soon became clear that the country was keen to promote its athletic prowess on an international stage, offering a glimmer of hope to the young man.
If Cornel could shoot, ride, fence, run, and swim well enough, he might be able to find freedom. Success in the sporting arena offered better conditions for athletes and priceless opportunities to escape the constraints of communism; however, the athletes who survived the intense training regimen could not fail. An entire country counted on them to succeed, and losing was not tolerated. The weak would be punished, and those who succeeded would be rewarded.
Join Cornel as he prepares to confront superhuman physical challenges in this inspiring true story of one man’s quest for freedom, set against the backdrop of the 1956 Olympic Games. Romanians, history students and athletes alike will find important lessons that continue to resonate today in Barbed Circles: The Perfect Score."
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Published November 10, 2011
Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors.