Nadia Comaneci

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Contestant - Season 7 on The Celebrity Apprentice


11/12/1961, Onesti, Romania

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  • Born Nadia Elena Comaneci, Nadia grew up in Onesti, Romania with her parents and younger brother. Before 1976 no male or female in any Olympic gymnastics event had received a perfect score. And then came Nadia Comaneci, who was just 4-foot-11 and 86 pounds. The 14-year-old Romanian dazzled the judges in Montreal to the point where they couldn't help but give her a perfect 10. And they didn't stop there, for not only did Comaneci receive the first perfect score, she then proceeded to get six more.

    The media needed someone to step up and become the star of the Montreal Olympics, like Olga Korbut had four years earlier with three golds in Munich. Korbut was back in 1976 but was really only the third-best gymnast on the powerful Soviet squad behind teammates Nelli Kim and Ludmila Turishcheva. Comaneci was supposed to contend with the Russian juggernaut but no one, including coach Bela Karolyi (who also coached Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and the Kerri Strug-who led American women's team in 1996) could have imagined what was to come. There are a total of six events in women's gymnastics, five individual (balance beam, floor, uneven bars, vault and the all-around) and one all-around team event. Comaneci took home a total of five medals - three golds, one silver, and one bronze.

    Nadia retired in 1984 at the age of 22. She has written and published books and married to Bart Conner in 1996. They have one son together. Her most recent appearance on television was as a contestant on The Apprentice. She currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma with her own gym.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Nadia Elena Comaneci



    Birth Place:

    Onesti, Romania

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    • Nadia: I don't do many things. But if I do one, I do it well. I don't give half. I don't like not to be perfect.

    • Nadia: My parents were very loving, but disciplinarians. My dad was always protective of me, and I still feel that he protects me today even though we live thousands of miles apart.

    • Nadia: 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. I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives.

    • Nadia: At 14, you think you compete, you retire and you get a job. I didn't think gymnastics was a career that was going to change my life.

    • Nadia: If you're an Olympic champion, you can do a lot of things because it can open doors for a lot of things. But once you enter those doors, people don't just come to you and give you money because you're an Olympic champion. You have to do something good. So this is the challenge you have.

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    • Nadia had the ideal foot size for a gymnast. Her foot size when she competed was seven.

    • Nadia defected from Romania in 1989.

    • In 1976, she was awarded the Hero of Socialist Labor award which was the highest honor in Romania. She was also the youngest woman ever to receive it.

    • Her husband Bart Conner is also a gymnast.

    • She became a U.S. citizen in 2001.

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