For today I wanted to show appreciation to Nadia Comaneci. If you don’t know who she is, thank goodness you’re reading this because she is first gymnast to go to the Olympics and win a gold medal.
At the age of only 14, Comaneci went to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal representing Romania, to receive the first perfect ten ever! But one just was not enough. Nadia received six perfect tens and three gold medals while in Montreal.
Four years after her amazing meet in Montreal, Nadia qualifies and goes to the 1980 Summer Olympic games in Moscow. This young girl popularized the sport of gymnastics to the rest of the world. The Romanians were dominant in gymnastics each year as well as each Olympics.
Nadia was coached my Bela Karolyi, and if you don’t know him you might have been living under a rock for the last couple decades (he was also inducted into the US gymnastics hall of fame). He was in charge of the United States gymnastics team until 2001 when the position was handed over to his wife Marta.
Comaneci ended her career with nine olympic medals and four world championship medals. Without her, we probably would not even understand the world of gymnastics. And we must give her the gratitude for sharing with the world.
You might not think that there is a perfect gymnast, but she is. Receiving perfect 10’s on every single event is unheard of, and she did it. This is a big part of women’s history. She shaped the world of gymnastics!