Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci Bio

Nadia Elena Comăneci Conner, known professionally as Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian gymnast who is best known to become the first woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event in 1976, at the early age of 14. She began her gymnastic journey and was discovered at the age of 6 by gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi (later to become the Romanian national coach).

Nadia won the Romanian National Junior Championships, and, as a senior, won the European Championships in 1975 and the American Cup in 1976. She won two gold, for the balance beam and floor exercise, and two silver medals, for the team competition and individual all-around at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia. She was the first gymnast to perform an aerial walkover and an aerial cartwheel-back handspring flight series.

Nadia Comăneci is one of the world’s best-known gymnasts and is credited with popularizing the sport around the globe. She was named as one of the Athletes of the 20th Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy in 2000.

Nadia Comaneci Bio
NameNadia Comaneci
Real NameNadia Elena Comăneci
Nick NameNana
Famous ForThe first woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event
Personal Information
Date of Birth12th November 1961
Age (as in 2021)60 years
BirthplaceOnești, Romania
Zodiac signScorpio
HometownNorman, Oklahoma, U.S
Physical Status
Height (approx.)5'4" (1.63 m)
Weight (approx.)60 kg
Body Measurements (B-C-W)Not Known
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlonde
Education and More
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityPolitehnica University of Bucharest with a degree in sports education
Educational QualificationGraduate
Family and Relationships
FatherGheorghe Comăneci
MotherȘtefania Comăneci
SiblingsBrother: Adrian Comăneci (Younger)
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseBart Conner
Honours/Achievements/Awards1975 and 1976: The United Press International Athlete of the Year Award
1976: Hero of Socialist Labour
1976: Associated Press Athlete of the Year
1976: BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
1983: The Olympic Order
1990: International Women's Sports Hall of Fame
1993: International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
1998: Marca Leyenda
1998: Flo Hyman Award
2004: The Olympic Order
2016: Great Immigrant Honoree: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Book and filmsComăneci's 2004 memoir, Letters to a Young Gymnast, is part of the Art of Mentoring series by Basic Books.
Katie Holmes directed a short 2015 documentary for ESPN about Comăneci entitled Eternal Princess that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2016, Arte France produced a Pola Rapaport documentary about Comăneci entitled Nadia Comăneci, la gymnaste et le dictateur (Nadia Comăneci: The Gymnast and the Dictator).
In 1984, Comăneci was the subject of a biopic television film, Nadia. The film was developed without her involvement (although the content was described to her by others). She later stated publicly that the producers never made contact with her: "I sincerely don't even want to see it; I feel so badly about it. It distorts my life so totally."
In 2012, Universal Pictures chose Comăneci to dub Granny Norma in Romanian in the animated movie The Lorax
Former coach(es)Béla Károlyi
Márta Károlyi
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior Elite
Years on national team1970–1984 (ROU)
GymNational Training Center
College teamPolitehnica University of Bucharest
ChoreographerGeza Pozsar
Eponymous skillsComăneci salto (uneven bars)
RetiredMay 7, 1984 (official)
Net Worth/Salary/Assets
Net Worth$10 million
Salary Not Known
AssetsNot Known
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