46 years ago, Nadia Comeneci wrote an important page in the history of world sports. At the Montreal Olympics, the gymnast, who was only 14 years old at the time, achieved the perfect score seven times. The table was not even able to display score 10, showing 1.00 because such a performance was never successful.
In Montreal, Nadia won three gold medals (individual compound, bar and parallel bars), a silver (composite team) and a bronze (floor) and made world gymnastics history.
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Four years later, at the Moscow Olympics, Nadia achieved two excellent marks. Next, an unexpected message for Nadia Komonisi. The singer thanked her, saying, “She’s had a huge impact in my life.”
A few hours ago on Instagram, Thalia posted a video with her talking about Nadia Komonisi. The famous athlete appreciated some of the singer’s Internet publications, reminding her how important the gymnast is to her.
Talia said that she was a fan of Nadia Komonisi. He had posters with him, which he always followed with love and admiration. “Dears, I want to tell you something I did last night and I wanted to scream happily. Since I was a kid I’ve been a huge fan of Club Communes and for me it’s been such a huge influence in my life. I had posters with her in my room, I put pictures on the covers of her notebooks, and I didn’t miss any An interview with her in the press, because she won all those medals and a famous 10, which is the perfect score for all these impeccable performances for me has turned out to be a milestone, and she has become the man who has inspired me over time.
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Yesterday I realized that he liked my back on several posts and realized that I came full circle, from dreamy girl to hero. Nadia I love you, you mean a lot to me, thank you for everything,” Talia said of Romanian Nadia Comunesi.
Nadia Comăneci, the first gymnast to score 10 in an international competition
Nadia Komunesi was born on November 12, 1961 in Wanchtei, Bacău Province. His record starred five Olympic gold medals, two gold at the World Championships (WC) and nine gold medals at the European Championships (EC). The total number of medals won by Nadia Komunesi in the Olympic, CM and CE Games is 25, of which 16 are gold. It is considered one of the best sports of the last century and one of the greatest gymnasts in the world.
Nadia got acquainted with gymnastics at the age of five, during kindergarten, according to the “Encyclopedia of Physical Education and Sports in Romania” (Volume II, Bucharest, 2002). She was selected by coach Marcel Duncan and legalized in AS “Flacăra” Oneşti. From the age of seven, in his hometown, inside the first school institution with a gymnastics program in our country (where the National Center for Gymnastics will operate, a unit that will bear his name), he trained first under the training of Martha Caroli and Valerio Monteno. Since 1971, she has been coached by Bella and Martha Karolyi. After 1977, during certain periods, he trained in Bucharest with coaches Youssef Heidi, Jorge Kondovici, Atanasia Albo (September 1977 – August 1988), Jorge Georgi, Anka Grigoras (April 1980 – August 1981).
At the age of eleven, she won her first absolute national championship, and at the age of eleven and a half she competed in the “Masters” category where she placed third. At the 1973 International Gymnastics Championships in Romania, he won five gold medals.
In 1974, he achieved his first major success abroad, winning first place in the individual pool at the “Friendship” competition in Gera (German Democratic Republic). At the 1975 European Championships in Skene, Norway, at the age of only 14, he performed excellently, winning four gold medals – single compound, jumping, parallel and crossbar, as well as a silver medal on the floor. In 1975, he participated in the Champions Tournament in London where he won the competition’s cup.
Nicknamed the “Montreal Ferry”, after winning the absolute Olympic title in 1976, she won three golds (individual compound, beam and parallel bars), bronze (ground) and a silver with the team at the Olympics. from Canadian City. She is the first gymnast in history to achieve a score of 10 in a competition (seven times).
The work “Heroes of the Twentieth Century” (Bucharest, Rombris Foundation Publishing House, 2000) indicates that in 1976, in Montreal, a permit occurred for a young gymnast that immediately entered the pages of the famous “Guinness Book”, with the first row of ten in gymnastics. In the history of the Olympic Games, the highest total in the singles compound – 79.275 out of 80 possible points, the youngest Olympic champion (triathlon – single compound, parallel bars and beam), at just 15 years old.
In Romania, her success awarded her the “Heroine of Socialist Labor” medal, being the youngest Romanian to receive this title.
At the 1978 World Championships in Strasbourg (France), he won his first gold medal in the beam – he received it in the “World Cup” – for Romanian gymnastics and two silver medals, in jumping and with the team. According to the “Encyclopedia of Physical Education and Sports in Romania”, in 1979, at the World Championships in Fort Worth (USA), Nadia made a major contribution to the Romanian women’s gymnastics team winning the first title of the world championship. At the 1977 edition of the “Europeans” in Prague (Czechoslovakia), they took first place in the single compound and parallel bars, and second in vaulting, Romanian gymnasts were forced to leave the competition in the middle of the finals on the machines due to inaccuracies. Judging in the jump test. In Copenhagen, 1979, she won three European Championship titles, in the singles compound, floor jump, a bronze medal in the crossbar, and fourth place in the parallel bars. She won the Continental Championship three times in a row and finally captured the “European Cup”, being the first gymnast in Europe to achieve this performance. In 1979, at the “World Cup”, which was held in Tokyo (Japan), he took first place in the floor and jump, the second in the beam, and the third in the single complex.
European Champion in Copenhagen (1979). At the Olympic Games in Moscow (1980) he won two titles, in the crossbar and in the ground, and two silver medals, in the individual compound and with the team. She took second place in the individual complex after the Soviet Elena Davydova, when she had to wait for the rating for more than half an hour, until Davydova finished her workout.
In 1981, at the universities in Bucharest, he was awarded five gold medals. Added to this remarkable record are the titles of the national champion and the numerous medals, especially the gold, which she won in various international competitions and tournaments, as well as special recognition from spectators and specialists, according to Ajbaris.
The same volume states that Nadia Komonisi was considered an ideal gymnast, a real phenomenon, imposing itself through grace, accuracy, harmony, artistic sense, capacity and daring to approach very difficult elements. It was written about her that she represents perfection in the sport she practices, being, at the same time, a charming and amazingly expressive gymnast, bright and full of mood, bringing a special note, original not only in acrobatics.
She retired from competitive activity on May 6, 1984, when the gymnast’s farewell party was held at the Sports Palace in Bucharest, and she was awarded the Olympic “Silver Collar” by the then President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio. Samaranch.
As a federal coach, a position she held during the period 1984-1989, after leaving competitive activity, Nadia Comunessi made a significant contribution to the preparation of the national gymnastics teams.
A few weeks before the 1989 revolution, in November, he illegally left Romania and settled in the United States, according to the quoted source. He currently lives in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. On April 26, 1996, she married Bart Conner, American gymnast, double Olympic champion, the ceremony being held in Bucharest. On June 3, 2006, Nadia Komonisi became a mother and gave birth to a son, Dylan Paul.
In 1999, Nadia Comunessi became the first female athlete invited to speak at the United Nations, to launch the year 2000, the International Year of Volunteerism. She and her husband own the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, as well as the editors of an international gymnastics magazine.
He was involved in charities, both in the country (he created a charity clinic in Bucharest to help orphaned children) and abroad. The Nadia Comăneci Foundation relaunched the Nadia doll in 2009, with the support of the Romanian manufacturer Arădeanca, within the social program “10 Gymnastics”, 33 years after the first version appeared. During the sixth edition of the Concert for Successful Women, Nadia Komonisi was awarded the title of Woman of the Year 2009 in the category of Successful Humanitarian Campaigns, for the clinic that bears her name.
In 2009, he participated with Ilie Năstase and Gheorghe Hagi in the campaign to promote the tourist destination Romania, under the slogan “Land of Choice”.
Nadia Comunessi is the Special Olympics International Global Ambassador, Honorary President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (since 1996), Honorary President of the Romanian Olympic Committee (March 2002), Romanian Sports Ambassador, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Member of the International Federation of Gymnastics.
During a ceremony in Washington, she was awarded the Flo Hyman Award (1998) for special merits in sports, and in 1999, in Vienna, she was declared a “sportsman of the twentieth century”. In January 2007, the Spanish daily “El Mundo Deportivo” also named her a Sportsman of the 20th Century, after a poll of 60,000 sports fans. The World Records Academy approved, in 2007, the record set by Nadia Comunessi, at the Olympic Games in Montreal, a score of seven and 10 in one edition of the Olympics.
In 2000, the gymnast was awarded the National Order “Star of Romania”, and in 2009 Patriarch Daniel awarded her the Order “Holy Emperor Constantine and Helen”. In December 2003, her first book was published: “Letters to a Young Gymnast”. In September 2006, on the centenary of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, the Nadia Comunisi Cup was created.
In April 2013, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the activities of the Municipal Sports Club Oneşti, the “Nadia Comăneci” Foundation, jointly with the Oneşti Municipal Sports Club, organized the first edition of the “Nadia Comăneci” Cup in artistic gymnastics. He is also the honorary president of Oneşti Municipal Sports Club.
He is the first Romanian athlete to be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, in 1993, according to www.cosr.ro.
In the FIG registration code there are still items of extreme difficulty bearing Nadia’s name. Thus, in the parallels, two elements bearing his name were included: “Comneci descent” and “Comneci jump”, identifying the work “Champions of the 20th Century”.