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Women of Wide World: Nadia Comaneci
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Just 13 years old, Nadia Comaneci vaulted onto the scene at the European Women's Gymnastics Championships in June 1975 on ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Nadia Comaneci
During the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976, Nadia Comaneci became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 in the Olympic arena.
The Romanian gymnast quickly became the most celebrated gymnast in the history of the sport and a regular personality on WWOS.

At the 1975 European championships, the 4-foot-11 Comaneci dethroned her idol, five-time European champion Lyudmila Turischeva.

Comaneci was then the star of the 1976 Montreal Olympics, where she became the first woman to score a perfect 10 when she earned it on the uneven bars. It was a part of her stash as she won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

Despite a three-inch growth spurt, Nadia continued her dominance through the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, where she won two gold and two silver medals.

Nadia closed out her career at the World University Games in 1981 by winning the all-around, vault, uneven bars, beam, floor exercise as well as the team gold.

In 1984, Nadia was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee.

WWOS followed Nadia back to Romania when she returned to her homeland for the first time in 1995 after defecting to the United States in 1989 and is reunited with her father and stepmother. In her speech, Comaneci says, "a stone is lifted from my heart."

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