(b. 12 November 1961, Onești)

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The bust picture shows a young woman over 16 years old, with a wide smile, with shoulder-length hair and bangs, prominent jaw, dressed in a blouse tight on the body.

The texture with small and dense Xs is the circular cut hair and the predominant bangs.

In the image where she is standing, her body is stretched and her arms are raised.

The photo is taken at the end of the balance beam exercise for which she received the maximum score.

She is dressed in a sports suit, represented by a long-sleeved body, rendered in texture with crowded beads.

She has her hair in a ponytail and highlighted by small and dense Xs.

On the chest, she wears the coat of arms of Socialist Romania, highlighted by a thickened circle.

Historical information

Nadia Comăneci was born on November 12th, 1961 in Oneşti (Bibliography 1). She competed for the first time as a gymnast at a national level in 1970 [Bibliography 2]. Six years later, in 1975, her career grew. She won three gold medals and a silver one at the World Championships in Skien, Norway, which earned her the title of “Athlete of the Year” by the news agency Associated Press [Bibliography 3]. A year later, at the Summer Olympics, which took place in Montreal, Nadia Comăneci had a perfect score, achieving seven times the score 10 and winning 3 gold medals for the individual all-around, balance beam and uneven bars, a silver medal for the team all-around and bronze medal for the floor exercise. [Bibliography 4].

The following year, in 1977, Nadia Comăneci left the competition during the final stage as a protest against arbitration. In 1978, she got the 4th place for the uneven bars but won the title of world champion for the balance beam [Bibliography 5]. In 1979, she became the first gymnast in the world to be able to win a third European title at the individual all-around. At the world championships held in December, she competed at the balance beam, where she scored 9.95, the first time Romania won the gold medal for the team all-around [Bibliography 6]. In 1980 she participated in the Olympic Games in Moscow, where she came in second to Elena Davidova [Bibliography 7]. After this last contest, Nadia Comăneci retires. In 1989 she crossed the Romanian-Hungarian border illegally. She requested political asylum in the United States of America [Bibliography 8].



  1. Sherri Mabry Gordon, Women Athletes, New York, Enslow Publishing, 2017, p. 66.
  2. Susan K. Cahn, Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-century Women’s Sport, Harvard University Press, 1994, p. 246.
  3. Dvora Mayers, The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics’ Top Score – from Nadia to Now, New York, Touchstone, 2017, p. 42.
  4. Kelly Boyer Sagert, The 1970’s, Westport, Greenwood Press, 2007, p. 140.
  5. Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia 1977 Yearbook, New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1977, p. 286.
  6. Arnold Cheyney, Athletes on purpose. 50 people who changed the face of sports, Good Year Books, 1999, p. 22.
  7. Janet Woolum, Outstanding Women Athletes: Who they are and how they influenced sports in America, Phoenix, Arizona, The Oryx Press, 1998, p. 55.
  8. Peter Siani-Davies, The Romanian Revolution of December 1989, Cornell University Press, 2007, p. 55.

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