Nadia Comaneci Now & Then

Nadia Comaneci is one of the world’s best and well-known gymnasts credited with popularizing the sport around the earth.

The famous Romanian gymnast was also the first gymnast awarded a perfect 10 in an official Olympic event.

Nadia Comaneci was named one of the Athletes of the 20th Century in 2000 by the Laureus World Sports Academy.

Nadia Comăneci in Montreal 1976
Nadia Comaneci in Montreal 1976

Likewise, in 1976 at the age of 14, Comaneci took part in the Olympic Games, which took place in Montreal and won three gold medals after receiving six more perfect 10s.

In this article, you will find everything there is to know about Nadia Comaneci.

Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about Nadia Comaneci:

Full Name Nadia Elena Comaneci Conner 
Professional Name Nadia Comaneci
Nickname Nana
Date of birth 12th November of 1961
Religion non-religious
Nationality American
Ethnicity Romanian
Age 61 Years Old
Zodiac sign Scorpio
Place of birth Onești, Romania
Current residence Norman, Oklahoma, US
High School Politehnica University of Bucharest
Hobbies Reading books, Working out, listening to music
Food Habit Non – Vegetarian
Sex Female
Father’s name Gheorghe Comăneci
Mother’s name Ștefania-Alexandrina Comăneci
Siblings Adrian Comăneci
Profession Gymnast, Actor, Businessperson
Coach Béla Károlyi
Sponsors Adidas
Height 5 feet 4 inches
Weight 125lb (57 kg)
Shoe size 6.5
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Black
Marital status Married
Husband Bart Conner (m. 1996)
Children Dylan Paul Conner
Net worth $10 million
Social Media Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Merch Posters
Last Update November, 2022

Nadia Comaneci: Early Life, Family, and Education

Nadia Elena Comaneci, known as Nadia Comaneci, was born on 12th November of 1961.

She was born to her father Gheorghe Comaneci and mother Ștefania-Alexandrina Comaneci.

In addition, the athlete also has a younger brother who is named Adrian Comaneci.

When she was just a small child, she loved to be outside, climbing tall trees.

When Nadia was Six years old, she came across Bela Karolyi while she was doing cartwheels.

Further, Bela saw potential in Nadia and immediately called her to his gym.

Moreover, Bela and Marta, his wife, used to visit many schools looking for young girls to sign to their gymnastics academy.

In his first glance at Nadia, he instantly knew she was going to shine bright.

Also, Nana was one of the first students at his gymnastics school, formed by the incredible coaching couple.

Nadia competed in her 1st official tournament in the national junior championships in 1969 and finished in the 13th position but wasn’t demotivated.

In addition, the next year she took part in it again and won it.

After that, she trained for 8 hours a day. As a result, she became the youngest gymnast ever to win the Romanian Nationals.

Ștefania, Nadia’s mother, said she was so full of enthusiasm and too active that it became difficult for her to manage Nadia. So her mother enrolled her in the gymnastics classes.

After many years of high-level competition, Comaneci finally graduated from the Politehnica University of Bucharest with a degree in sports education.

This degree provided her the qualifications needed to coach gymnastics.

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Nadia Comaneci: Age, Height, and Weight

The famous gymnast is currently 61 Years Old.

The Romanian superstar is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 57 kilograms.

Nadia Comaneci: Career

Early career

It is told that Nana’s career began since she was in kindergarten with a local team called Flacăra.

At eleven years old, she won the all-around gold, the vault, and uneven bars titles at the Junior Friendship Tournament.

This tournament was an important international tournament for emerging junior gymnasts.

At 13, she won nearly all categories in the 1975 European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Skien, Norway.

Comaneci’s greatest rival during her youth career was Nellie Kim, who represented the Soviet Union.

Days of Glory

The fame came to her in the year of the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Comaneci made an unchangeable and unrepeatable history at the Montreal Olympics.

In Olympic gymnastics, the athlete was awarded the first perfect 10 for her performance on the uneven bars.

The scoreboard had only three digits; back then, it had to display her score as 1.00.

Nadia with a 10.0 score
Nadia, with a 10.0 score

The athlete’s achievements are kept in a picture in the entry area of the famous Madison Square Garden.

She met her now-husband Bart Conner, a gymnast for the first time in the Olympics.

Similarly, in 1977, Nana defended her all-around European title at the championship competition.

But Romania’s national team walked out of the event finals.

The team followed the orders of then President of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu.

The Romanian Gymnastics Federation didn’t let Comaneci train with her coaches, the Karolyis.

She was so unhappy that she lost the desire to live.

Moreover, Nadia Comaneci tried to kill herself at age 15 by drinking bleach.

She competed again in the 1978 World Championship but came in 4th place due to her fall from the uneven bars.

After 1978, she was allowed to return to her coach, the Karolyis.

Moreover, she won her 3rd consecutive European all-around title, becoming the first gymnast to achieve this.

Likewise, the athlete suffered from blood poisoning at the World Championships but still participated.

Further, she scored a 9.95; her performance helped Romanians to achieve their first team gold medal.

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After the ’80s

Nadia had to undergo surgery on her hand as she had developed an abscess.

In the 1980 Summer Olympics, she won two gold medals and also two silver medals.

Many controversies occurred regarding the scoring in the all-around and floor exercise competitions.

For example, Bela Károlyi, her coach, claimed that she was unfairly scored.

Similarly, in 1981, her coaches defected the nation and asked her to come with them, but she didn’t go with them.

Hence, the Romanians feared that she could also defect as she was a national asset, the officials refused to travel outside.

She didn’t take part in the 1984 Summer Olympics but was there as an observer. 

Moreover, the athlete retired in 1984, and the ceremony took place in Bucharest.

In 1989, she fled from Romania and moved to America. Moreover, in 1991, the athlete moved to Oklahoma to help her friend Bart Conner.

Book and films

  • A biopic television film of Nadia Comaneci named “Nadia” was made without her permission in 1984.
  • In 2004, Comaneci released a memoir, Letters to a Young Gymnast (Book).
  •  Comaneci is also involved in the dubbing of Granny Norma in the animated movie The Lorax (2012).
  •  A short documentary in 2015 was directed by Katie Holmes about Comaneci called Eternal Princess.
  •  A company produced a documentary about Comaneci called Nadia Comaneci, la gymnast, and the Dictator, in 2016.

Nadia Comaneci: Husband and Children

In 1991, Nadia moved to Oklahoma to help her friend Bart Conner with his gymnastics school. They were only friends till then.

Things got spicy between them, and they dated for four years before getting engaged.

Finally, in 1996 their marriage was held in Romania in the former presidential palace and was televised throughout the nation.

Therefore, Comaneci became a US citizen in 2001 after marrying his American retired gymnast husband.

The Couple with their child Dylan
Nadia Comaneci with her family

Moreover, she also retained her Romanian citizenship.

Similarly, in 2006, the couple gave birth to a son and named him Dylan. 

This kid is surely fortunate to have such famous parents.

The couple has 11 Olympic medals in total. They are called The Olympic Family.

Nadia Comaneci: Net Worth, Salary, and Career Earnings

The honorary president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Nadia Comaneci, has a net worth of $10 Million.

The couple operates the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, in which they train over 1000 students.

Hence, they earn a good amount of money from the organization.

They own a company called Perfect 10 Productions that also helps them to earn a fortune.

Nadia produces her brand of gymnastic products from which she still earns a good amount of money.

She has many houses and cars in the USA and Romania.

Nadia Comaneci: Awards, Titles, and Achievements 

  • The Romanian national treasure has won nine Olympic medals; five gold, three silver, and one bronze.
  • Nadia Comaneci has won four World Championships medals; two golds and two silver.
  • Nana has gathered a dozen European Championships medals; nine gold, two silver, and one bronze.
  • The athlete also won three World Cup medals; two gold and one silver.
  • In 1981, she won five gold Summer Universiade medals.

Honors and Awards:

  •  The International Athlete of the Year Award
  • Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
  • The Olympic Order
  • International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame
  • International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
  • Marca Leyenda

Nadia Comaneci: Diet Plan and Workout

The Romanian powerhouse has one hell of a diet. She made a diet that would help her build from the cores.

Moreover, her favorite dish is an eggplant dip with a Romanian recipe. Interestingly, the athlete hadn’t eaten french fried for decades.

For Breakfast:

Fresh-squeezed orange juice, a cup of coffee with a little milk, yogurt, brown toast, turkey, and a little bit of cheese.

As she is a European, she eats food containing protein in the morning! Occasionally, she has a boiled egg.

For Lunch

Like any other person, Nadia uses leftovers from dinner the night before to make a wrap.

Mostly, it’s a mixture of salmon, hummus, and cheese.

For Dinner

Likewise, as the athlete loves eating fish, she mostly eats fish with hummus and salads.

Moreover, she eats all fish, but tuna—Nadia states that she is allergic to tuna!

Workout

The gentle yet brave Nadia likes the workout that fits well into her life.

In addition, she mostly does short, quick workouts, which she can do every day.

Moreover, she likes working out in the morning as it is the best.

Also, she does a maximum of 30 minutes that includes cardio. Likewise following with a little running and then the elliptical.

Finally, Nana goes with stretching and light weights.

Nadia Comaneci: Charity

She participated in Donald Trump’s reality show, The Celebrity Apprentice, season seven for charity.

Moreover, the nine-times Olympic gold medalist still gives a lot to charity in the USA and Romania.

Nadia Comaneci: Social Media Presence

Nadia is active on Twitter in which she has 152.9K Followers,

Similarly, she also has a Facebook account with over 388K Followers.

Moreover, Nadia also has an Instagram account with over 127k followers.

The athlete mostly posts images of the Olympics and sports events.

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Nadia Comaneci: Fun Facts

  • Nadia was the first Romanian gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title.
  • She has the record for being the youngest Olympic gymnastics all-around champion ever, aged 14.
  • Bart Conner is her husband, who is also an Olympic medalist. 
  • She has the citizenship of both Romania and America.
  • In 1975, at the age of 13, she nearly swept the European Championships, winning all except one category.

Nadia Comaneci: FAQs

Why did Nadia defect from her nation Romania?

She fled because of the difficult living conditions in her country and because of her lack of personal freedom.

Moreover, Nadia was watched closely everywhere she went, and she was always escorted by security.

What is the love story between Nadia and Bart?

They met for the first time in Montreal in 1976. Likewise, they met again when Nadia went on tour to the USA.

After she retired, she went to Oklahoma to help Bart. After the couple dated for four years, they got married.

How many medals does Nadia Comaneci have in total?

Naida has thirty-three medals. It includes nine Olympic medals, four World Championships medals, twelve European Championships, three World Cups, and five gold Summer Universiade.

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