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Nadia Comaneci Biography
- Nadia Elena ComÃ„Âƒneci (Romanian pronunciation:Â [Ã‹Âˆnadi.a komÃ‰Â™Ã‹ÂˆnetÃÂ¡ÃŠÂƒÃŠÂ²]; born November 12, 1961) is a Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She is also the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world. In 2000 ComÃ„Âƒneci was named as one of the athletes of the century by the Laureus World Sports Academy. Nadia ComÃ„Âƒneci was born in OneÃˆÂ™ti, Romania, as the daughter of Gheorghe and ÃˆÂ˜tefania-Alexandrina ComÃ„Âƒneci. Her mother was inspired to call her Nadia by a Russian film she watched while pregnant, whose heroine was called Nadya, the diminutive version of the Russian name Nadezhda, which means "hope". ComÃ„Âƒneci also has a brother four years her senior, named Adrian.
Nadia Comaneci Filmography
- (2013) Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular as Herself
- (2012) ¿Donde estabas tú en los 70? as Herself (archive footage)
- (2010) Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular as Herself
- (2009) 50 años de as Herself (archive footage)
- (2009) Make It or Break It as Herself
- (2009) Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular as Herself
- (2008) CQC - Custe o Que Custar as Herself
- (2007) The Olympic Series as
- (2006) 1 vs. 100 as Herself
- (2006) Anything to Win as Herself
- (2006) El hormiguero as Herself - Guest
- (2006) I Love the '70s: Volume 2 as Herself
- (2006) La imagen de tu vida as Herself (archive footage)
- (2005) Dancing with the Stars as Herself - Guest Appearance
- (2005) Let's Talk with Gary Gellman as Herself
- (2005) Stade 2, 30 ans d'émotions as Herself
- (2004) Le sport ou la vie as
- (2004) The Apprentice as Herself
- (2004) The Apprentice as Herself (credit only)
- (2004) The Apprentice as Herself - Olympic Gold Medalist
- (2003) The Olympic Series: Golden Moments 1920-2002 as Herself
- (2001) Rock et Belles Oreilles: The DVD 1988 as
- (2001) Wide World of Sports 40th Anniversary Special as Herself
- (2000) Sports Geniuses as Herself (uncredited)
- (2000) Sydney 2000: Games of the XXVII Olympiad as Herself
- (1999) After They Were Famous as Herself
- (1999) Teens: What Makes Them Tick? as
- (1998) Hollywood Squares as Herself
- (1996) 100 Years of Olympic Glory as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (1996) Caiga quien caiga as Herself
- (1996) E! True Hollywood Story as Herself
- (1996) Wide World of Sports 35th Anniversary Special as Herself
- (1995) John Tesh Live at Red Rocks as
- (1994) Touched by an Angel as Herself
- (1992) Jocs de nit as Herself
- (1991) ABC's Wide World of Sports 30th Anniversary Special as Herself
- (1991) One on One with John Tesh as Herself
- (1981) Entertainment Tonight as Herself
- (1980) Moscow 1980: Games of the XXII Olympiad as Herself
- (1977) Jeux de la XXIème olympiade as
- (1976) Montreal 1976: Games of the XXI Olympiad as Herself
- (1952) Today as Herself
Nadia Comaneci Trivia and Facts
- Was the first person in the Olympic History to score a perfect 10. She received the first perfect 10 on her performance on the un-even bars, where the computerized scoreboard could not register her perfect 10 mark but only able to show 1.00 point.
- She remains today the most well-known gymnast in gymnastic history.
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 1976
- Parents divorced in 1978
- 1976 Olympics medals: team silver, all-around gold, bars & beam gold & floor bronze
- won the inaugural American Cup in 1976
- The first gymnast to win 3 consecutive all-around European titles
- has 1 younger brother, Adrian (born in 1967)
- scored 7 perfect 10s at the 1976 Olympics Games
- 1980 Olympic medals: team, all-around silver, beam & floor gold
- parents are Gheorghe and Stefania-Alexandrina Comãneci
- retired in 1984 at the age of 22
- She graduated from the Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest, in 1984.
- She was named after Nadezhda (meaning "hope"), a heroine of a Russian film.
- Scored 2 perfect 10s on the balance beam and uneven bars at the 1980 Olympics
- was trained by the legendary Romanian coach Bela Karolyi & his wife Marta, who also coached Mary Lou Retton, Julianne McNamara, Phoebe Mills, Kim Zmeskal, Betty Okino, & Dominique Moceanu
- Fled to Hungary, then to the American Embassy in Vienna in November 1989
- 1975 European Championships: all-around, bars, vault & beam gold, floor silver
- was the 1975 Associated Press Athlete of the Year
- scored 2 perfect 10s on floor & vault at the 1976 American Cup
- 1977 European Championships: all-around & bars gold, vault silver
- During the 77 Europeans, after protests, Nelli Kim of the USSR is awarded the vault gold over Nadia. The Romanian team leaves in protest & is disqualified from the individual competition. Nadia had to return her gold on bars.
- 1979 European Championships: all-around gold
- She moved to the United States of America, in 1989.
- Resides in Norman, Oklahoma
- won the all-around & team competition at the 1972 Romanian Junior National Championships
- 1976 Chunichi Cup: all-around, uneven bars, beam, floor & vault gold
- 1976 Balkan Championships: all-around, uneven bars, beam, floor & vault gold
- 1979 European Championships: all-around, floor & vault gold, uneven bars bronze
- 1978 Worlds: team silver, beam gold
- 1979 Worlds: team gold
- 1979 World Cup: floor & vault gold, beam silver
- 1978 Worlds: team & vault silver, beam gold
- She is the only person to have appeared at the same time on the cover of Times, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated magazines.
- 1999 she was among the list of the 25 outstanding sports people of the 20th century compiled by the International Association of Sports Writers.
- In 1999 she received the "World Sports Awards of the Century" in the category of the Womens Award in Athletics and General Sports.
- She is the only person to have received the International Olympics Committee highest honour the Olympic Order twice (1984 and 2004) and the youngest recipient in record.
- In 2000 she became the first athlete to speak in the United Nations to officially launch the International Year of Volunteers.
- She is currently the Vice-Chair of International Olympics Committee, Honorary President of the Romanian Olympic Committee, Honorary President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Founding Member of the Laureus Sports Academy, Member of the International Gymnastics Federation Foundation and many more international charity organizations. She is active in promoting gymnastics and sports and actively working for charity works around the globe. Nadia Comaneci is now working in building a clinic for the Romanian homeless children and orphanage, the Nadia Comaneci Childrens Clinic.
- Gave birth to a son, Dylan Paul (born June 3, 2006 in Oklahoma City)
Nadia Comaneci Quotes
- Do not pray for an easy life, pray to be a strong person.
- I dont run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
- One of the most difficult times in my life was when I escaped from Romania in November of 1989.
Nadia Comaneci Photoshoots
- "International Gymnast" (USA), June 1996, pg. 31-33, by: staff, "Nadia & Bart, April 27, 1996"
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1991, Vol. 4, Iss. 4, pg. 8-9, by: staff, "The First Perfect Ten"
Nadia Comaneci Other Works
- Print ads for Danskin activewear (1995)
- Print ads for SWATCH's Olympic Legends commemorative watches.
Nadia Comaneci Trademarks
- First Olympic Opponent, With A Perfect 10!