These days, the sport of gymnastics is highly competitive and is a way for both people and nations to exhibit how physically fit their people are. However, no country could’ve been prouder with how their gymnastics performance than Romania in the 1970s and 1980s. This was a time when the Romanian governemnt was funnelling money into gymnastics programs in the hope of winning some national pride. However, it would be up to one girl, Nadia Comaneci, to carry that torch.
Nadia Comăneci was born in the small Carpathian Mountain town of Onesti, Romania in late 1961. Her father, Gheorge, squeeked out a meagre living in the communist country as a car mechanic.
Meanwhile, Nadia’s mother Ştefania was a stay at home mother who took care of Nadia and her younger brother Adrian. It became quite apparent from a young age that Nadia would be an athlete, so her mother enrolled her in gymnastics.
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