Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci


11/12/1961, Onesti, Romania

Birth Name

Nadia Elena Comaneci


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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…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Nadia: Too many women are obsessed with their weight. The images we see everyday on TV and in magazines send us the message that every woman should look like a model.

    • Nadia: 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.

    • Nadia: Do not pray for an easy life, pray to be a strong person.

  • the best from the bests!

    The Organizer of the 1976 Montreal Olympics gave Nadia the Tourch of The Opening Ceremony! To them without Nadia, there is no success of Montreal Olympics. That is a record! Does anyone know other athletes from other countries was presented with this highest honour of by the host of an Olympics? What made Nadia the greatest was not just the achievement in the Olympics, but the life that she has been through and presently has is an illustration of the most unique sports living legend! She is the best role model for everyone to learn and to be inspired! And now she's a succesful business woman in her natal country. She splice her business activities with her families activities and she's doing that very good! And to mention that she does charity and she colect fonds foor children with problems from Romania!

    Nadia, you rock ;)moreless