#70SportWays (58): Nadia Comăneci, the perfect 10
Nadia Comăneci is a Romanian gymnast. An Olympic gold medalist, she is the first athlete in the history of the sport to be awarded a 10.0 at an Olympic Games (1976, Montreal). In all, she received six more perfect 10s in Montreal, as well as three gold medals. Four years later, she won two gold medals at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. She won nine Olympic medals and four World Championship medals during her career.
Comăneci is one of the world’s best-known gymnasts and is credited with popularizing the sport around the globe. In 2000, she was named as one of the Athletes of the 20th Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy. She has lived in the United States since 1989 and is married to American Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner.
Comăneci is a well-known figure in the world of gymnastics, serving as the honorary president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, the honorary president of the Romanian Olympic Committee, the sports ambassador of Romania, and as a member of the International Gymnastics Federation Foundation.