Nadia Comaneci, is a Romanian retired gymnast and a five-time Olympic gold medalist, all in individual events. At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Comăneci received seven perfect scores and won the gold medals for the balance beam, the uneven bars, and the all-around individual competition an became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic event. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Comăneci won two more gold medals and attained two more perfect 10s. During her career, Comăneci won nine Olympic medals and four World Artistic Gymnastics Championship medals. Comăneci is one of the world’s best-known gymnasts and is credited with popularizing the sport around the globe.In 2000, she was named as one of the Athletes of the 20th Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy.She has lived in the United States since 1989, when she defected from then-Communist Romania before its revolution in December that year. She later worked with and married American Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner, who set up his own school. In 2001 she became a naturalized United States citizen, and has dual citizenship, also maintaining her Romanian citizenship. She published an autobiography, Nadia (1981), and a book on mentoring, Letters to a Young Gymnast (2003). In 1993 Comăneci became the second person (after Olga Korbut) inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
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