Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci is known as a Romanian five-time Olympic gold medalist. She is most famous for being the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0 at the Olympic Games.

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Background and Age

Nadia Comaneci was born on November 12, 1961, in Onesti, Romania. to guardians Stefania-Alexandrina and Gheorghe, an auto technician.

Comaneci began participating in gymnastics in kindergarten and was chosen to attend Bela Karolyi’s gymnastics school when Karolyi spotted her turning cartwheels in the school playground. She won the Romanian National Junior Championships, and, as a senior, won the European Championships in 1975 and the American Cup in 1976.

In 1989, Comaneci defected from Romania with a group of fellow Romanians. The dangerous journey was completed on foot and mostly at night. The trek took her through Hungary and Austria before she reached her final destination, the United States.

Marriage, Husband, and Kids

Subsequent to appearing in a series of provocative clothing commercials, Nadia Comaneci married American athlete Bart Conner in 1996 and moved to Norman, Oklahoma. The couple has one child, a son, named Dylan Paul Conner. The 1996 wedding of Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner was held in Bucharest and was televised live throughout Romania, with the reception being held in the former presidential palace.

Career and Net Worth

Nadia Comaneci received a perfect score of 10.0 at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. She was the first gymnast to ever achieve a perfect score. Her performance at the 1976 Olympics fueled the crowds' desires for female competitors.

At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia, Nadia Comaneci won two gold, for the balance beam and floor exercise. She tied with Soviet acrobat Nellie Kim for the floor exercise. She also won two silver medals for the group competition and individual all-around. (In the wake of coaching the Romanian national group through two Olympiads, Bela Karolyi surrendered to the United States in 1981. He later drove the country's gymnastic program to its first World Championships.)

She later went on to receive six more perfect tens and win three more gold medals. Nadia Comaneci has won nine Olympic medals. She is regarded as one of the world’s best gymnasts and is credited for popularizing the sport. She resigned from gymnastics in 1984. She worked as a coach for the Romanian team before moving to the United States by means of Hungary in 1989.

In 1999, Comaneci got a World Sports Award of the Century in the wake of being chosen "Competitor of the Century" during a ceremony function in Vienna, Austria. Comaneci as of now does TV editorial, writes for gymnastic distributions, and ventures to the far corners of the planet promoting the game.

In a 2016 interview with USA Today, Nadia reflected on her career, "I don’t want to say older, but the more experienced I get, I treasure and I honor what I’ve done much more. You know what I mean? It becomes much more important, and I appreciate it because I understand from a different view what it takes to do that."

Quick Facts
Net Worth 2021: 10 million
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Last Modified: Jun 28 2020
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