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Nadia Comaneci - Famous Gymnast


Full Name: Nadia Elena Comaneci

Date of Birth: 12 th November, 1961

Country: Romania

Sport involved in: Gymnastics

Achievements made:

  • Winner of the all-round title and gold medals at the European Championships in 1975
  • Winner of all-round title in gymnastics at the European Championships in 1977
  • Gold medalist in the all-round gymnastics at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games
  • Gold medal winner in the uneven bars and balance beam at the 1976 Montreal Olympics
  • Silver medalist in the team competition in the 1976 Montreal Olympics
  • Bronze medalist in the floor exercise event at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games
  • Winner of the over all title at the European Championships in 1979
  • Gold medal winner in the balance beam and floor exercise at the 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • Silver medalist in the team competition and the all-round gymnastics at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games
  • Chosen the “Athlete of the Year” by Associated Press in 1975
  • Inducted in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Voted the fourth Greatest Athlete in 150 years of Sports history by Fox.com in 2005
  • Career: Nadia Comaneci started her gymnastic career at an early age of six. Comaneci participated in the first competition of her career in 1970. She competed in a dual meet between Romania and Yugoslavia in 1971. It was her first international appearance. In the competition, Comaneci won her first all-round title. At the age of thirteen, Comaneci participated in the European Championships in 1975. There she won the all-round title. She became the gold medalist in every event except the floor exercise. In the floor exercise event, she won silver medal. The same year, Comaneci won all-round title in the Champions All competition and the Romanian National Championships. She also became first in the vault, beam and bars events at the Romanian National Championships. Comaneci won gold at the all-round and the balance beam events at the Pre-Olympic test event. There she won silver medals in the vault, floor exercise and bars events losing to Nellie Kim of Russia. Kim was Comaneci's chief opponent in her gymnastic career. Comaneci participated in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games at the age of 14. She became the first Romanian gymnast to win the all-round title in the Summer Games. She is the record holder to be the youngest Olympic all-round champion ever. In the Montreal Games, Comaneci won five medals in various events of gymnastics. In 1977, she defended her all-round title in the European Championships. In the 1978 World Championships, Comaneci finished in the fourth place in the all-round. However, she won the beam title. She won the over all title at the 1979 European Championships for the third consecutive time. Comaneci became the first gymnast to achieve the goal. She was a member of the champion Romanian team at the World Championships in 1979. Comaneci competed at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games . This time she won silver medal in the all-round. She defended her Olympic title in the balance beam. Comaneci tied with Kim, her competitor for gold medal in the floor exercise and her Romanian team finished second. She participated at the World University Games in Bucharest in 1981, where she won five gold medals. This was the last major competition of Comaneci's career.

    Performance at the Olympics: Nadia Comaneci participated in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games . In the Games, Comaneci made the historical score of perfect 10.0 in the uneven parallel bars event in the team competition. She made the fantastic score six more times during the Games. Comaneci won five medals in the 1976 Games, including three gold medals, one silver and one bronze. She won the Olympic title for all-round gymnastics. Comaneci came back in the 1980 Moscow Summer Games . This time she won a total of four medals with two gold and two silver medals.

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