When Nadia was about 14 she scored the first perfect 10 at the Olympics in Women’s Gymnastics. She was only 86 pounds and 4 feet 11 inches. That’s about the size of a really tall 4th grader! No person, especially such a small one, had ever scored a perfect 10!
In 1984 Nadia returned to the Olympics as a coach of the Romanian gymnastics team. In 1989 she defected from Romania in the dead of night, leaving behind her precious medals, her mother, her father, and her little brother, Adrian.
In 1994 Nadia donated $120,000 to the Romanian gymnastics team. In 1996 she married Bart Conners, another Olympic champion. They now live in Norman, Oklahoma and run a gymnastics school. Oklahoma, really?
This is the Olympics that I remember! The scoring is even very different now. A “10” used to be excellent. Now, you have to have like 15.6225 or something. What’s the highest score, a 20? I don’t know. I guess if it is, that makes Bo Derek a perfect “30” now! I remember when everyone on the same team wore the same outfit. Last night in the women’s gymnastics, one girl wore white and the other wore dark blue. They were both USA, who knew? And what’s with the swimwear? Some sort of super suits or something? What’s wrong with plain old Speedos?