This is the incredible story of Nadia Comăneci, a young Romanian girl who changed the history of The Olympic Games. She did so despite the trials and tribulations that she faced.
Just A Kid
Nadia Comăneci was born on November 12th, 1961 in Onești, Romania. She was born to Gheorghe and Ștefania Comăneci, a Romanian Orthodox couple.
Full Of Energy
Her parents noted that Nadia had a lot of energy as a child. They felt they should find a way to utilize this energy in a positive way and enrolled Nadia Comăneci in a gymnastics school. That was the decision that would change their lives forever.
She was a competitive girl who was driven to achieve greatness, she just didn’t know in what way. “I was driven towards something I wanted to be the best at, and I didn’t know exactly what it was, it happened to be gymnastics.”
An Eye For Talent
At the age of six, Nadia Comăneci was spotted by Béla Károlyi, a gymnastics coach and his wife, Márta, while Nadia was doing cartwheels in her kindergarten’s yard. The couple was scouting for talented youngsters whom they could train into stars. The pair made their way inside the grounds to find Nadia and even searched classroom by classroom to track her down. Eventually they found her and in less than a year, she was training with Béla.