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COMANECI Nadia
COMANECI Nadia

Nadia COMANECI

  • G 5
  • S 3
  • B 1

Gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the queen of the 1976 Montreal Games when she was awarded the first perfect score.

Early promise

Nadia Comaneci took up the sport of gymnastics aged six, becoming one of the first students at a school founded by coach Béla Károlyi. In 1975, 13-year-old Comaneci won gold in every event at the European Championships except the floor exercise.

Perfection

A year later in Montreal, she became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded the perfect score of 10.0 for her performance on the uneven bars. She went on to record the perfect 10.0 six more times and became the youngest all-around Olympic gold medallist ever.

More Olympic success

Comaneci’s career over the next four years was slightly less spectacular, judged against her own high standards. At the 1980 Olympic Games, she won her fourth and fifth golds but finished second in the all-around competition behind Yelena Davydova.  Comaneci retired a year later, leaving her with a career haul of nine Olympic medals.

Retirement

After her retirement, Comaneci was rarely allowed to travel outside her country. She defected to the United States in 1989. She has since married 1984 Olympic gold medallist Bart Conner, a gymnast she first met in the 1970s.

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Gallery

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Swiss Timing evening, Juan Antonio SAMARANCH, IOC Pdt and Nadia COMANECI.
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Nadia Comaneci

30th July 1980: Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
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Nadia Comaneci of Rumenia

19 Jul 1980: Nadia Comaneci of Romania in action on the Beam during the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Soviet Union. Comaneci won the gold medal on the Beam and on the Floor. \ Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/Allsport
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Nadia Comaneci Performs Routine

Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci performs a routine on the balance beam during the Summer Olympics, Montreal, Canada 1976. Comaneci was awarded seven perfect scores and three gold medals. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Silver And Gold

26th July 1976: Romanian athlete Nadia Comaneci celebrating her gold medal for the beam at the Montreal Olympics, while the silver medal winner and Russian athlete Olga Korbut looks on. (Photo by Reg Lancaster/Express/Getty Images)
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Nadia Comaneci

22nd July 1976: Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci during her medal winning performance on the beam in the Montreal Olympics. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 19.875
    Gymnastics
    floor exercises women
    S 79.075
    Gymnastics
    individual all-round women
    S 393.50
    Gymnastics
    team competition women
    G 19.800
    Gymnastics
    balance beam women
  • G 20.000
    Gymnastics
    uneven bars women
    G 19.950
    Gymnastics
    balance beam women
    S 387.15
    Gymnastics
    team competition women
    G 79.275
    Gymnastics
    individual all-round women
    B 19.750
    Gymnastics
    floor exercises women

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