She was the first person in Olympic history to score a perfect 10. She received the first perfect 10 for her performance on the uneven bars, where the computerized scoreboard could not register her perfect 10 and was only able to show 1.00 point.
She remains today the most well-known gymnast in gymnastic history.
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 1976.
Her parents divorced in 1978.
1976 Olympics medals: Team silver, all-around gold, bars & beam gold & floor bronze.
Won the inaugural American Cup in 1976.
The first gymnast to win 3 consecutive all-around European titles.
Has 1 younger brother, Adrian (born in 1967).
Scored 7 perfect 10s at the 1976 Olympics Games.
1980 Olympic medals: Team, all-around silver, beam & floor gold.
Her parents are Gheorghe and Stefania-Alexandrina Comãneci.
Retired in 1984 at the age of 22.
She graduated from the Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest, in 1984.
She was named after Nadezhda (meaning "hope"), a heroine of a Russian film.
Scored 2 perfect 10s on the balance beam and uneven bars at the 1980 Olympics.
Was trained by the legendary Romanian coach Bela Karolyi & his wife Marta, who also coached Mary Lou Retton, Julianne McNamara, Phoebe Mills, Kim Zmeskal, Betty Okino, & Dominique Moceanu.
Fled to Hungary, then to the American Embassy in Vienna in November 1989.
1975 European Championships: All-around, bars, vault & beam gold, floor silver.
Associated Press Athlete of the Year 1975.
Scored 2 perfect 10s on floor & vault at the 1976 American Cup.
1977 European Championships: All-around & bars gold, vault silver.
During the '77 Europeans, after protests, Nelli Kim of the USSR is awarded the vault gold over Nadia. The Romanian team leaves in protest & is disqualified from the individual competition. Nadia had to return her gold on bars.
1979 European Championships: All-around gold.
In 1989 she moved to the United States of America.
Resides in Norman, Oklahoma, USA.
Won the all-around & team competition at the 1972 Romanian Junior National Championships.
1976 Chunichi Cup: All-around, uneven bars, beam, floor & vault gold.
1976 Balkan Championships: All-around, uneven bars, beam, floor & vault gold.
1979 European Championships: All-around, floor & vault gold, uneven bars bronze.
1978 Worlds: Team silver, beam gold.
1979 Worlds: Team gold.
1979 World Cup: Floor & vault gold, beam silver.
1978 Worlds: Team & vault silver, beam gold.
She is the only person to have appeared at the same time on the cover of the Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated magazines.
1999 she was among the list of the 25 outstanding sports people of the 20th century compiled by the International Association of Sports Writers.
In 1999 she received the "World Sports Awards of the Century" in the category of the Women's Award in Athletics and General Sports.
She is the only person to have received the International Olympics Committee highest honor the Olympic Order twice (1984 and 2004) and the youngest recipient on record.
In 2000 she became the first athlete to speak at the United Nations to officially launch the International Year of Volunteers.
She is the Vice-Chair of the International Olympics Committee, Honorary President of the Romanian Olympic Committee, Honorary President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Founding Member of the Laureus Sports Academy, Member of the International Gymnastics Federation Foundation and many more international charity organizations. She is active in promoting gymnastics and sports and actively working for charity works around the globe. Nadia Comaneci is now working in building an orphanage and a clinic for the Romanian homeless children, the Nadia Comaneci Children's Clinic.
Gave birth to a son, Dylan Paul (born June 3, 2006 in Oklahoma City).
Norman, Oklahoma, USA. [July 2008]
Was married to American gymnast Bart Conner in Bucharest, Romania on 4-27-1996.
Son Dylan Paul Conner was born on 6-3-2006. The father is Nadia's husband and fellow gymnast Bart Conner.
Became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 6-29-2001.
Pictured on a Romanian 45.0 l postage stamp issued 18 July 2016. Also issued in 31 l denominations in souvenir sheets and imperforate form on the same date. Issued to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her becoming the first female gymnast to be awarded perfect 10 scores in the 1976 Summer Olympics.