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Nadia Comaneci (ROM)

1976 Olympic AA Champion
1975-1977-1979 European AA Champion
1978 World B Champion
1980 Olympic B and FX Champion

Medal Total

Olympic Games:  5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
World Championships:  2 Gold, 2 Silver
World Cup:  2 Gold, 1 Silver
European Championships:  9 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

Nadia was born on November 12, 1961 in Onesti.  Coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi coached her to Olympic gold and world fame.  Comaneci is the only woman to win the European AA title three times.  She was also the first female gymnast to receive a score of 10.00 in an Olympics, and is the youngest Olympic AA champion.  Her last competition was the 1981 University Games, where she won 5 gold medals.  

After retiring, she coached the Romanian junior national team for a while.  Since she was not allowed to leave the country, Comaneci decided to defect in 1989.  She came to the US and eventually hooked up with Bart Conner (she and Conner were the winners of the very first American Cup competition in 1976).  They married in an elaborate wedding in Bucharest in 1996.  

Today, Nadia and Bart own a gymnastics club in Norman, OK, are editors of International Gymnast magazine, and are involved in numerous charitable organizations.  The couple are expecting their first child in July 2006.


 
Competition Results
 
1971
Championships of the Republic, Category III:  1st Team, 4th AA
Cup of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (Category IV):  1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX
Jr. ROM-YUG Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
 
1972
Championships of the Republic, Category III:  1st Team, 2nd AA
Championships of the Republic for Juniors:  1st Team, 1st AA
Cup of the ROM Gymnastics Federation (Category II):  1st Team
Jr. BUL-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st UB, 1st FX, 2nd AA
Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba):  4th Team, 1st UB, 1st B, 6th V
Jr. ROM-RSFSR Dual Meet:  1st AA
Jr. ROM-HUN Dual Meet:  1st AA
 
1973
International Championships of Romania:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX
Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba):  3rd Team, 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 3rd FX
Jr. ITA-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
Romanian Sr. Team Championships:  1st Team, 1st AA
Romanian Schools Championships (Senior Category):  3rd AA
 
1974
Jr. ROM-POL-Denver (USA) Tri-Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
 
1975
Champions All: 1st AA
European Championships:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 2nd FX
Pre-Olympics: 1st AA, 1st UB, 2nd V, 2nd FX, 3rd B
Romanian Championships:  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 2nd FX
 
1976
American Cup:  1st AA
Balkan Championships:  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX
CAN-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
Chunichi Cup:  1st AA
FRG-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
GBR-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
HOL-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
Olympic Games:  2nd Team, 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 3rd FX, 4th V
Romanian Championships:  1st AA
USA-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
 
1977
Balkan Championships:  1st Team, 1st AA
ESP-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
European Championships:  1st AA, 1st UB, 2nd V
FRA-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
International Championships of Romania: 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX
Orleans International:  1st AA
ROM-CAN Dual Meet: 1st Team, 1st AA
USA-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
 
1978
ITA-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
World Championships (Strasbourg):  2nd Team, 1st B, 2nd V, 5th UB, 8th FX
 
1979
Balkan Championships:  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 2nd FX
Champions All:  1st AA
European Championships:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st FX, 3rd B, 4th UB
International Championships of Romania:  1st AA, 1st UB
World Championships (Ft. Worth):  1st Team
World Cup:  4th AA, 1st V, 1st FX, 2nd B
 
1980
International Championships of Romania:  1st AA, 1st UB
ITA-ROM Dual Meet:  1st Team, 1st AA
Olympic Games:  2nd Team, 2nd AA, 1st B, 1st FX, 5th V
 
1981
University Games:  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B

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