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<a href=HOME Nadia Comaneci Gymnast, Athlete (1961–) Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian gymnast who became the rst woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event in 1976, at age 14. NAME Synopsis Nadia Comaneci OCCUPATION Born in 1961, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the rst woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event at the 1976 Olympic Games, at age 14. Gymnast , Athlete Her performance at the 1976 Olympics rede ned both her sport and audiences' BIRTH DATE expectations of female athletes. At the 1980 Olympics, Comaneci won gold medals November 12 , 1961 (age 56) for the balance beam and oor exercise. She retired from competition in 1984 and defected to the United States in 1989. DID YOU KNOW? Nadia Comaneci is the rst DID YOU KNOW? Early Life and Career woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event. Nadia Elena Comaneci was born on November 12, 1961, in Gheorghe Gheorghiu- Dej, Romania, in the Carpathian Mountains, to parents Stefania-Alexandrina and Gheorghe, an auto mechanic. Comaneci was discovered at the age of 6 by gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi (later to become the Romanian national coach). She The scoreboards at the 1976 "1.0." won the Romanian National Junior Championships, and, as a senior, won the European Championships in 1975 and the American Cup in 1976. 1976 Olympic Games Olympics were not designed to display a 10, thus Nadia Comaneci's score read as Comaneci thrilled the world at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, where, at the age of 14, she became the rst woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event. She received seven perfect scores and won three gold medals—for the uneven bars, balance beam and individual all-around—and a bronze medal for her oor exercise. As part of the second-place Romanian national team, she won silver. Comaneci's performance at the 1976 Olympics DID YOU KNOW? rede ned both her sport and audiences' expectations of female athletes. Nadia Comaneci weighed only 86 DID YOU KNOW? 1980 Olympics and Later Years pounds at the time of the 1976 Olympics. At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia, Nadia Comaneci won two gold, for the balance beam and oor exercise (in which she tied with Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim); and two silver medals, for the team competition and individual all-around. (After coaching the Romanian national team through two Olympiads, Bela Karolyi For her oor exercises, Nadia defected to the United States in 1981. He later led the nation's gymnastic program to its rst World Championships.) " id="pdf-obj-0-6" src="pdf-obj-0-6.jpg">
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Nadia Comaneci

Gymnast, Athlete (1961–)

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian gymnast who became the rst woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event in 1976, at age 14.

NAME

Synopsis

Nadia Comaneci

OCCUPATION

Born in 1961, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the rst woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event at the 1976 Olympic Games, at age 14.

Her performance at the 1976 Olympics rede ned both her sport and audiences'

BIRTH DATE

expectations of female athletes. At the 1980 Olympics, Comaneci won gold medals

November 12, 1961 (age 56)

for the balance beam and oor exercise. She retired from competition in 1984 and defected to the United States in 1989.

DID YOU KNOW?

Nadia Comaneci is the rst

DID YOU KNOW?

Early Life and Career

woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event.

Nadia Elena Comaneci was born on November 12, 1961, in Gheorghe Gheorghiu- Dej, Romania, in the Carpathian Mountains, to parents Stefania-Alexandrina and Gheorghe, an auto mechanic. Comaneci was discovered at the age of 6 by gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi (later to become the Romanian national coach). She

The scoreboards at the 1976

"1.0."

won the Romanian National Junior Championships, and, as a senior, won the European Championships in 1975 and the American Cup in 1976.

  • 1976 Olympic Games

Olympics were not designed to display a 10, thus Nadia Comaneci's score read as

Comaneci thrilled the world at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, where, at the age of 14, she became the rst woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event. She received seven perfect scores and won three gold medals—for the uneven bars, balance beam and individual all-around—and a bronze medal for her oor exercise. As part of the second-place Romanian national team, she won silver. Comaneci's performance at the 1976 Olympics

DID YOU KNOW?

rede ned both her sport and audiences' expectations of female athletes.

Nadia Comaneci weighed only 86

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 1980 Olympics and Later Years

pounds at the time of the 1976 Olympics.

At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia, Nadia Comaneci won two gold, for the balance beam and oor exercise (in which she tied with Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim); and two silver medals, for the team competition and individual all-around. (After coaching the Romanian national team through two Olympiads, Bela Karolyi

For her oor exercises, Nadia

defected to the United States in 1981. He later led the nation's gymnastic program to its rst World Championships.)

  • 17.11.2017 Nadia Comaneci - Gymnast, Athlete - Biography.com

Comaneci used the theme from the soap opera

The Young and the Restless.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1976, Nadia Comaneci owned more than 200 dolls, and traveled with an Eskimo doll for good luck.

PLACE OF BIRTH

FULL NAME

Nadia Elena

Comaneci

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"The — I don’t want to say older, but the more experienced I get, I treasure and I honor what I’ve done much more. You know what I mean? It becomes much more important, and I appreciate it because I understand from a different view what it takes to do that." - Nadia Comaneci, USA Today, 2016

Comaneci retired from competition in 1984 and worked as a coach for the Romanian team before defecting to the United States via Hungary in 1989. After appearing in a series of provocative underwear advertisements, she married American gymnast Bart Conner in 1996 and moved to Norman, Oklahoma.

In 1999, Comaneci received a World Sports Award of the Century after being elected "Athlete of the Century" during a gala in Vienna, Austria.

Comaneci currently does television commentary, writes for gymnastic publications, and travels the world promoting the sport.

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