Nadia Comaneci honored with public space next to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium

In the summer of 1976, Romanian Nadia Comaneci stole the spotlight when she became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded a perfect score with her performance on the uneven bars.

She went on to score a perfect 10 six more times in the 1976 Olympics and won five medals (three gold, one silver, one bronze), becoming the youngest all-around gold medalist ever.

Today, she returned to Montreal, the site of the Games, as a new public space named in her honor, Place Nadia Comaneci, was unveiled next to Olympic Stadium.

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Comaneci followed up her success in the Montreal Summer Games by winning four more medals (two gold, two silver) in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow before retiring in 1981.

In total, she won nine Olympic medals to go with four World Championship medals.

After her retirement, her actions were watched closely by her home country of Romania, and she was rarely allowed to travel outside the country do to the fear of her defecting.

However, she defected in 1989 to the United States and is currently married to fellow gymnast Bart Conner, who also competed at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

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