Nadia Comaneci is a very famous gymnast winner of nearly 20 gold medals in her championships and the first woman to be awarded with a score of 10.
She was born on 12 November 1961 in Onesti, Romania. She began practising gymnastics when she was very little, in a local team called Flacăra and at the age of 6 she was chosen to attend Béla Károlyi's school.
She competed in a lot of events, championships and contests in different countries such as Poland, Italy, Hungary, Norway or New York. The peak of her career and when she was well-known was at the age of 14, became one of the stars of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal. Here is where she got that amazing ten which gave her 3 gold medals and the title of heroine in her country. After this big success she continued demonstrating how good she was at several world and European championships until the Summer University games became her last competition. Her soon retirement occurred when she was 22 and it was due to a hand infection and some months of irregular competition.
Then she became a physical education teacher and trainer of a gymnastics junior team. Then she decided to travel to Montreal; she spent most of her time promoting lines of gymnastics clothes and aerobic equipment. There she met Bart Conner, also an Olympic star, who married Nadia in her native country, Romania. This weeding was broadcasted in live becoming the most seen event in the 90s. She was in 1996 proclaimed as the most influencing sportswoman in history and she was chosen to form part in the Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She was also the only person receiving twice a honour award in 1984 and 2004 which was the Olympic Order, the highest prize given by the International Olympic Committee. She wrote a book which was published in 2003. This book ‘Letters to a young gymnast’ answered questions that she received from fans giving them advice to succeed in the sports world.
Nowadays she lives in Oklahoma...
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