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Nadia Comaneci Biography

Birth Name:
Nadia Elena Comaneci
Birth Place:
Onesti, Romania
Former Olympic gymnast

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


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