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NADIA COMANECI

Nick name:
Date of birth: Nov 12, 1961
Gender Female
Height   Weight
Marital status: married with Bart Connor, US 1984 Olympic champion
Children
Place of birth: Onesti
Hometown:Norman, OK, USA
Profession Coach
Languages
Start discipline: 1972
First int. event: 1975
Nat. team since
Club: CSS Deva
Head coach: Bela Karoly
Assistant coach:
Choreographer :Marta Karoly (ROM
Best apparatus/cat. Beam
Favourite tricks: beam            Personal tricks
highest score
Music #1                      Author #1
Nadia parents are Gheorge and Stefania-Alexandria (divorced). Nadia has a younger brother, Adrian, (married, 1 child) ; Nadia Comaneci retired in 1984.

2007:

coming soon: Nadia's Best 100 Photos!

[April 3] Nadia Comaneci at Laureus Sports Awards Photo Gallery


[March 25] Nadia Comaneci recorded a song for children
romanian-gymnastics.com
   BUCHAREST/ Nadia Comaneci has recorded a song for children, part of an Album
released during April, album called "Music Box 6".
   "It's the first time somebody ask me to record a song; I just did voice-over for gymnastics competitions before. I'm happy to do something for children and I hope they will enjoy it. I wish I could see and hear Ilie Nastase-a famous tennis player and close friend- doing this , too!"- said Nadia Comaneci with a Perfect 10 smile after she recorded the song.

   Video: Nadia Comaneci recording a song for children video

[Jan 31] Nadia Comaneci's mother will get married

[Jan 29] Nadia Comaneci offered 10 scholarships for CSS 2 gymnasts

2006:
[Nov 12] Nadia Comaneci receive Birthday Star Present on 45 Anniversary
   New York / Nadia's name is now recorded on the Sky, too: (the brightest) star from Hercules Constellation (known as the Champions constellation, also) was named after Nadia's name, early morning today.
  
Photo:
The Star Registration Certificate




  [July 18, 2006] WORLD EXCLUSIVE!
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  Nadia Comaneci and her amazing Montreal 1976 performance (she got 10 score, 7 times!) in well known on Earth. Celebrating The Perfect Ten, romanian-gymnastics.com, the most popular web site about Romanian gymnastics, has made this event known and available to the (possible) celestial civilizations, also.
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    A video montage celebrating Perfect Ten, made by Shan Fan (Heather Gibson), a Romanian gymnastics fan from Memphis, TN, US, has been broadcast last night into deep, open space, by the 16-foot-wide (5 meter wide) TV transmission antenna of Deep Space Communications Network, (DCN) a private organization located near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (click for broadcasted video)

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General Interest

She did not just appear - she swopped down on the international gymnastics stage in 1975 at the European Championships in Skien, NOR, winning four Gold medals (Overall, Beam, Vault ans Uneven bars).

Only 13 years old, Nadia became a big star overnight. Then everybody waited eagerly to see what would happen at the 1976 Montreal Oylmpic Games. In effect, Comaneci turned these into Nadia's Gala. She scored the first perfect "ten" in the history of Olympic gymnastics (Compulsory Programme - Uneven bars). She swept the All-around title.

And after having added six more perfect scores in the process of the event she finished the Olympic competition with three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medals. Comaneci (helped by Teodora Ungureanu) brought the Romanian team to the forefront and became an Olympic "Great", inspiring thousands of girls around the globe to take up gymnastics.

Nadia was born in the little industrial town of Onesti, at the foot of Carpathian Mountains, (population 40'000 people) in 1961. "She was a frolicsome child" says her mother. "In three years she destroyed four sofas, jumping and turning somersaults on them. She reduced them to dust. We felt relieved after we sent her to the sports hall." This happened when Nadia was 6 years old. Later on, fate put her together with coaches Bella and Marta Karoly. This famous trio rode a glorious path. Technically brilliant and mentally very strong, Nadia was born a tough competitor. In 1977 and 1978 she grew by ten centimetres (3 inches), causing her serious training difficulties. However, Nadia went on. Gone was the crowd's "tiny" darling, to be replaced by a young lady doing the gymnastics of the future.

In Moscow in 1980, she took two more Olympic Gold medals (on the Beam and Floor) and her Olympic collection totalled five Gold, three Silver and one Bronze medals (9 altogeter). Otherwise, Comaneci was more successful at European Championships (Overall titles in 1975, 1977 and 1979) than at World Championships (Gold on Beam in 1978 and with the Team in 1979). Nadia's last competiion was in the World Student Games in July 1981.

Three weeks before the fall of the Romanian Government, in the autumn of 1989, she literally walked out through borders of Romania and Hungary to start a new life in the West. She settled in the USA; married the Los Angeles Olympic Gold medallist Bart Conner in 1994 and now they run together a Gymanstics Academy and promotion company in Oklahoma. Nadia still takes part in many demonstrations and is strongly involved in children's charity.

     Nadia was The Star of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal where she became the very first woman to score a perfect 10 (uneven bars) on her way to winning three Gold medals, one Silver and one Bronze. Nadia continued her dominance through the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. After defecting to the USA in November of 1989, she has regained her gymnastics shape and now performs through the world. Although she no longer wishes to discuss her dramatic defection, it is interesting, as background, that Nadia left Romania just three weeks before the fall of the Romanian Government. She literally walked through the borders of Romania and Hungary to arrive in Austria where she walked into the American Embassy. At that time their comment was "we were waiting for you". Within one and half hours she was on a plane to the USA. Today, Nadia has mastered English, understands the mannerisms of the West a little better. Her husband, Bart Conner, himself a former Olympian, sought her out some time after her arrival in America. Their romance blossomed after being friends for years. They had known each other from competition previously and had personal respect for each others abilities. Nadia speaks five languages and is active with the Canadian Quebec Agency for adopted Romanian children. She works for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through their annual Jerry Lewis Telethon and has a special interest in kids charities in general.
-from the official FIG Profile

Cat. Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Description

All Around 

 2

 79.075

 

 

 1980

MOSCOW

Olympic Games

Balance Beam 

 1

 19.800

 

 

 1980

MOSCOW

Olympic Games

Floor Exercise 

 1

 19.875

 

 

 1980

MOSCOW

Olympic Games

Balance Beam 

 2

 19.600

 

 

 1979

TOKYO

World Cup/
Series Final

Floor Exercise 

 1

 20.000

 

 

 1979

TOKYO

World Cup/
Series Final

Vault 

 1

 19.700

 

 

 1979

TOKYO

World Cup/
Series Final

Balance Beam 

 1

 19.625

 

 

 1978

STRASBOURG

World Chships

Vault 

 2

 19.600

 

 

 1978

STRASBOURG

World Chships

All Around 

 1

 79.275

 

 

 1976

MONTREAL

Olympic Games

Balance Beam 

 1

 19.950

 

 

 1976

MONTREAL

Olympic Games

Floor Exercise 

 3

 19.750

 

 

 1976

MONTREAL

Olympic Games

Uneven Bar 

 1

 20.000

 

 

 1976

MONTREAL

Olympic Games


1972 Romanian Junior National Championships: 1st Team, 1st AA
1973 Romanian International: 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 1st BB, 1st V
1973 ROM vs ITA: 1st Team, 1st AA
1975 Champions All: 1st AA
1975 European Championships: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 2nd FX
1975 Pre Olympics: 1st AA, 1st UB, 2nd V, 2nd FX, 3rd B
1976 ROM vs CAN: 1st Team
1976 ROM vs USA: 1st Team, 1st AA
1976 American Cup: 1st AA
1976 Olympics: 2nd Team, 1st AA, 1st B, 1st UB, 3rd FX, 4th V
1976 Chunichi Cup: 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st V, 1st FX
1976 Balkan Championships: 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st V, 1st FX
1977 ROM vs USA: 1st AA, 1st Team
1977 International of Romania: 1st AA
1977 European Championships: 1st AA, 1st UB, 2nd V
1978 World Championships: 2nd Team, 1st B, 5th AA
1979 Champions All: 1st AA
1979 European Championships: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st FX, 3rd B
1979 World Cup: 4th AA, 1st V, 1st FX, 2nd B
1979 World Championships: 1st Team
1980 International of Romania: 1st AA
1980 Olympics: 2nd Team, 2nd AA, 1st B, 1st FX, 5th V
1981 Universiade: 1st Team, 1st AA

  The living Legend of Modern Gymnastics,NADIA COMANECI
                       
The world's first perfect gymnast

By BRUCE LOWITT
St. Petersburg Times,
published November 10, 1999

The silence was broken only by the sounds of clicking -- hundreds of cameras capturing the moment. What they caught was perfection.

Nadia Comaneci, the 14-year-old Romanian, arched in midair for an instant on her dismount from the uneven parallel bars, then the feet supporting her 4-foot-11, 86-pound body landed softly on the mat. The silence was shattered by an explosion of cheering and applause that, after a few seconds, turned to consternation. Flashing on the electronic scoreboard was 1.00. It took a moment for the 18,000 spectators at the Forum to realize that Comaneci had, in effect, outperformed modern technology
(full story, click here) (excerpts re-printed with special permission of St.Petersburg Times)


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