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January 16, 2021

Nadia Comaneci turns 50: “There’s no place more beautiful than your country”

By Mihai George

Nadia Comaneci, the best gymnast of all times, the gymnast that astonished the whole world on July 18, 1976 in Montreal when she scored 10 points for the first time in the history of this sport, turned 50 last Saturday.

“The celebrations started in London but in the following year I’ll organize 10 small parties for my friends. I’ll come to the country in December and I’ll organize a small party there too. I come to Romania very often, once every two months, because I have a lot of projects here. There’s no place more beautiful than the country you were born in, even though I travel everywhere,” Nadia stated for Realitatea TV.

Nadia left the country in 1989 and settled in the US. In 1996 she was inducted in the Hall of Fame Gallery and married Bart Connor, an American Olympic champion. ABC News included Nadia among the most important 100 women of the 20th century. Dylan Paul, Nadia’s only child, was born on June 3, 2006.  Nadia Comaneci is involved in several national and international projects: she is Vice President of the Special Olympics Board of Directors, Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and member of the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation. Moreover, the former gymnast built in Bucharest a centre for helping orphan children. At national level, Nadia is Honourary President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Honourary President of the Romanian Olympic Sports Committee, Ambassador of Romanian Sports and member of the International Gymnastics Federation. Nadia and Bart Conner own the ‘Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy’ in Oklahoma City.

“I don’t believe we can attain perfection but we can try and get close to it. When it was said something is perfect, sooner or later something better was achieved and one can’t say that that is better than perfect, right? I knew I could perform that exercise much better,” Nadia stated in an interview for gsp.ro.

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