Nadia Comaneci

  • Birth Name: Nadia Elena Comaneci
  • Birth Place: Onesti, Romania
  • Profession: Former Olympic gymnast
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Fast Facts

  • Discovered by gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi while doing cartwheels at an elementary-school playground.
  • Recorded the first-ever perfect 10 at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976; the scoreboard wasn't equipped to display the score so it read 1.00.
  • After winning five medals and recording seven 10s, she graced the covers of Sports Illustrated, Time and Newsweek in the same week in 1976.
  • Won a total of nine Olympic medals (five gold, three silver, one bronze).
  • Left her family and medals when she defected from Romania in 1989.
  • Became a U.S. citizen in 2001.

Relationships

  • Dylan Paul Conner — Son
  • Adrian Comaneci — Brother
  • Bart Conner — Husband
  • Stefania-Alexandrina Comaneci — Mother
  • Gheorghe Comaneci — Father

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