Famous Romanians Nadia Comaneci- A Legend of Romanian Gymnastics
<ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> Nadia Comaneci was born in November 12, 1961 . </li></ul><ul><li>She was an active child who enjoyed running and jumping. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, her love of jumping broke four of her family’s couches. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
<ul><li>When Nadia was about 14 she scored the first perfect 10 at the Olympics in Women's Gymnastics . </li></ul>No person, especially such a small one, had ever scored a perfect 10 !
One announcer said she looked as if she was "swimming in an ocean of air". The Olympics were taking place in Montreal, Canada , in 1976.
Because n o person had ever scored a perfect 10.00 , the scoreboard did not have enough room and it lit up a 1.00 (one).
At first, no one could understand the mistake, but all of a sudden, all made sense and the audience cheered.
Nadia left Montreal with seven perfect 10s, three gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze .
<ul><li> Her coach described Nadia as the perfect pupil : </li></ul><ul><li>"She knew no fear.“ </li></ul><ul><li>She walked across the balance beam like it was the sidewalk. </li></ul>
Nadia continued her successful career in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. During her career she won a total of five gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
She retired from competition in 1984 and became a judge and the coach of the Romanian national team.
<ul><li>In 1989 , she left Romania in the dead of night, leaving behind her precious medals and her family. </li></ul>
S he married Bart Conners , another Olympic champion. They have a son, Dylan, live in Oklahoma , U.S.A and run a gymnastics school.
She remains involved in Gymnastics and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1993.
<ul><li> </li></ul>In 1994 Nadia donated $120,000 to the Romanian gymnastics team.