This Happened—November 12: Nadia Comăneci, Perfection From Romania
Romania's Nadia Comăneci is credited with popularizing the sport of gymnastics worldwide, getting her successful start at a very young age.
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Who is Nadia Comăneci?
Born November 12, 1961, the Romanian gymnast became a household name after a successful career, winning five Olympic gold medals all in individual events.
How old was Nadia Comăneci when she hit her peak?
In 1976, at the age of 14, Comăneci was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0 at the Olympic Games, held in Montreal, Canada.
Where is Nadia Comăneci now?
In 2000 Comăneci was named one of the Athletes of the 20th Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy. She has lived in the United States since 1989, working with and marrying American Olympic gold-medal gymnast Bart Conner, who set up his own gymnastics school.
In October 2017, an area in the Olympic Park in Montreal was renamed "Place Nadia Comaneci" in her honor.