Nadia Comaneci won hearts the world over when she scored a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Olympics. It was the first time this had ever been achieved. She showed the world that perfection is possible. The judges could not find any flaw in her performance. When I think of Nadia, I too want to strive to be perfect.
A perfect score was considered impossible until Nadia’s achievement. The Olympic scoreboards could not even display the number 10. Her score was therefore shown as 1.00 instead.
Nadia’s record as the youngest all-round gymnastics champion cannot be broken today. She was 14 years old at the time, and the current legal age limit for Olympic gymnastics is 16.
Quotes by Nadia Comaneci
I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment.
You should also appreciate the goodness around you, and surround yourself with positive people.
Strive to be perfect, Nadia-style
Nadia Comaneci and her husband Bart Connor have an official homepage where you can learn more about what they are doing now.
Nadia Comaneci herself wrote a book Letters to a Young Gymnast (Art of Mentoring).