At a glance

12 Nov 1961 Onesti, Romania
162 cm / 45 kg 5'4'' / 99 pounds
Female
Romania's Nadia Comăneci was the star of the Montréal Olympics in 1976 when she became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded the perfect score of 10.0. ABC Television set her performance to music, using a theme from a popular American soap opera, and having the song eventually renamed "Nadia's Theme". Comăneci first achieved her perfect 10 on the uneven bars in 1976 and the judges awarded her the maximum mark seven times during the Games. Comăneci first come to prominence at the 1975 European Championships, at which she won four gold medals. In the 1976 and 1980...

Romania's Nadia Comăneci was the star of the Montréal Olympics in 1976 when she became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded the perfect score of 10.0. ABC Television set her performance to music, using a theme from a popular American soap opera, and having the song eventually renamed "Nadia's Theme". Comăneci first achieved her perfect 10 on the uneven bars in 1976 and the judges awarded her the maximum mark seven times during the Games. Comăneci first come to prominence at the 1975 European Championships, at which she won four gold medals. In the 1976 and 1980 Games she won a total of nine Olympic medals. At Moscow in 1980, she finished only second in the individual all-around, in a very controversial decision that was protested by the Romanian coaches. Following the 1980 Games, natural physical development began to inhibit her performance and after a victory at the 1981 World Student Games she retired. Strangely, Comăneci won only one individual World Championship title, that on the balance beam in 1978. In 1989, she defected from Romania and settled in North America. She later married American Olympic gymnastic medalist Bart Conner and become an American citizen.

Nadia in numbers

2
Olympics
Olympics
9
medals
Gold medal:5 Silver medal:3 Bronze medal:1
  • Moscow
    Moscow 1980
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Moscow
    Moscow 1980
    • =2 Silver medal
      Gymnastics
      Individual All-Around
    • 2 Silver medal
      Gymnastics
      Team All-Around
    • =1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Floor Exercise
    • 5
      Gymnastics
      Horse Vault
    • =20 QR
      Gymnastics
      Uneven Bars
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Balance Beam
  • Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Montreal
    Montreal 1976
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Individual All-Around
    • 2 Silver medal
      Gymnastics
      Team All-Around
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Gymnastics
      Floor Exercise
    • 4
      Gymnastics
      Horse Vault
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Uneven Bars
    • 1 Gold medal
      Gymnastics
      Balance Beam