Sunday, July 02, 2006

Nadia's first perfect 10

Hard to believe that Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect "10" in gymnastics history nearly thirty years ago! I was too young to watch those Olympics in Montreal in 1976. But as a fan and historian of the Olympic movement, I am a huge Nadia fan.

Wanna check out the first perfect "10" in Olympic history?
Just to put this Olympic moment into some perspective, consider that when the judges posted Nadia's mark, the scoreboard read "1.oo." Aparently, the highest number the scoreboard would register was "9.95."

Of course, the crowd wasn't fooled. They saw the mark and immediately knew they had just witnessed Olympic history. (Click on pic to enlarge)

6 comments:

konagod said...

I remember watching it. 30 years ago... wow.

Elsa said...

I can't believe that was 30 years ago! I remember watching Nadia and Dorothy Hammill in the winter.

Ted said...

I used to be a gymnast and watched those games back in the day! After Nadia's turn on the bar, the next day the gym I worked out at was flooded with little girls wanting to be the next Nadia.

Great sports moment!

Kvatch said...

Well I am dating myself, but I remember it as well.

Phats said...

I have always liked Nadia she is/was amazing! Now married to Bart of course.

I got goosebumps watching Carly Patterson in the 04 games! being able to tumble myself makes it cool

Sue said...

I was only 8 years old, but I remember it well. My Dad loves the Olympics and it was always a big deal in our house when it was an olympic year. We watched all of the events and just marveled at the talent.