Casting Scoop: ‘Make It Or Break It’ Flips For Gymnastics Great

by | July 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM | Casting News, Matt's TV News, TV News

Make It Or Break It's Sasha (Neil Jackson, r.) is getting a famous father (Photo: Disney Enterprises Inc.)

Make It Or Break It's Sasha (Neil Jackson, r.) is getting a famous father (Photo: Disney Enterprises Inc.)

Real-life will meet reel life when veteran gymnastics coach Béla Károlyi guest-stars on ABC Family’s ‘Make It Or Break It‘ this season.

Károlyi – whose protegees have included Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug, Nadia Comăneci and Dominique Moceanu – is set to appear on the mid-season finale, airing August 31, Fancast has learned exclusively.

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Rather than cameo as himself (as sports figures typically do on scripted series), Károlyi will play Boris Belov, the father of The Rock’s very own coach Sasha (played by Neil Jackson).

Born in Hungary, Károlyi emigrated with his wife Marta to the United States in 1981. Over the course of his accomplished career, Károlyi has coached nine Olympic champions, 15 world champions, 16 European medalists and six U.S. national champions.

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Károlyi has served as a guest commentator on NBC Sports, and with Marta runs Karolyi’s World of Gymnastics and a summer training camp based outside of Houston.

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