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Nadia Comaneci’s Perfect Ten In Montreal 1976 | The Olympics On the Record

October 10, 2019


In most Olympic sports,
it is clear who has won. Who threw the furthest,
who jumped the highest, who crossed the finishing line
first. Artistic gymnastics
is not one of those sports. It is won or lost on the
opinion of the judges, whose job is to assess
technique, control, execution, plus that hard-to-define
element – artistry. The gymnasts themselves
are in pursuit of an ideal. An immaculate,
error-free performance complemented by artistic
interpretation, even if that ideal is,
effectively, unattainable. Because one thing the judges have always agreed on –
nobody’s perfect. Montreal 1976,
the Games of the 21st Olympiad. For decades, the gymnastics
competition had been dominated by the Soviet Union, and they
brought a dream team to Canada. Ludmilla Tourischeva, Olga Korbut and the new star, Nellie Kim. But the Soviets were
worried about their rivals and one gymnast in particular. Up until 1976, Romanian
gymnastics had a modest Olympic record, only one bronze medal. Compare that with the Soviet
Union over the same period. This new girl from Romania,
however, had been a sensation at the 1975 European
Championships, where she entered five events
and won four of them. Her name was Nadia Comaneci
and she was 14 years old. So young, yet so self-assured. She just didn’t make mistakes. Comaneci grew up in
the town of Onesti, where coaches Bela and
Marta Karolyi had set up a training programme. They had a keen eye for talent, and spotted Comaneci
turning cartwheels in the school playground when she was six years old. Comaneci trained six hours
a day, five days a week. She swiftly became the star
of the Karolyi Academy. She finished 13th in the senior Romanian Nationals
Championships when she was only
eight years old. The next year, aged nine, she won the competition
outright. She was the talk of
the gymnastics world. But her first appearance
at the Olympic Games, competing in the team event, would make her
an international star. Now, imagine you are the judge, and you have to assess this
performance. Keep a close eye out
for any mistakes. See anything? Pay attention, Jan. Hmm? What? Oh! The dismount was faultless. How do you judge that? When the results were posted, the scoreboard showed 1.0
out of 10. Comaneci had outdone
the technology of the day. The judges’ verdict
was actually 10.00, a perfect ten. Amazing. That’s what I gave
her. – Not me. I gave her 11.
– Hm. It was a moment that turned
Comaneci into a star. She was the first gymnast
to be awarded a perfect ten at the Olympic Games. Much as it is for astronauts, landing is everything in
gymnastics. This was where the judges
could reliably find fault. And yet this girl’s landing
was, in a word, faultless. Another perfect ten. Despite Comaneci’s performance, the Soviet Union won gold in
the team event in Montreal. Comaneci and her Romanian
team-mates took silver. Soviet strength in depth
won out. But looking at the results, there is little doubt
which numbers stand out. Her rivals will have seen
Comaneci’s scores and known there was only one favourite
for the overall competition. And so it proved. Comaneci won the overall
individual gold medal, the most prestigious award
in female gymnastics. She scored another five
perfect tens in the process, also adding individual gold
medals in both the uneven bars and the balance beam. Comaneci changed the style
of gymnastics forever, setting a new standard
for those who came after her. And the records she set
can never now be beaten. It is no longer possible to
compete at the Olympics aged 14 and, in 2006,
the scoring system was radically overhauled. There is no longer any such
thing as a perfect ten. Comaneci stands alone.

100 Comments

  • Reply Normal name October 21, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    guarantee the other girls hated her

  • Reply EMm October 22, 2018 at 9:33 am

    We seriously need a movie about her! She has had such an interesting life and historical career.

  • Reply tramps like us October 26, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I remember watching her and at the time when anyone just tripped on a crack on the sidewalk we would called them Nadia!

  • Reply Green Hawkeye October 31, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Poorly done video!

  • Reply Ariady Putra November 1, 2018 at 6:56 am

    so inspiring

  • Reply Don Smith November 8, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    🤔 Of course, that’s what they said before her as well…

  • Reply PLLinn Berman November 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I see the ugly judge was comparing other things! Why do they even film under age children anyway!!? Should be banned! Sick photographers!

  • Reply tiberia morgigno November 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Ma è l'italiano questo canale

  • Reply I. Rex November 18, 2018 at 1:06 am

    And to think she was discovered because the future Romanian Olympic coach happened to be out looking for candidates in a school yard. And he saw her and a friend of hers doing cartwheels. She became the greatest gymnast in the world and her friend went on to become one of the greatest ballerinas in Romania. What are the odds…

  • Reply denis ripeanu November 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    NADIA Comaneci….gimnastic…
    Elvis Presley…roak en roll…
    Bruce lee…..karate….
    Pavaroti ,Calas …..opera……..

  • Reply mohammed shoeb November 20, 2018 at 8:47 am

    best performance have an upper hand

  • Reply Paris Alfonso November 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Nr 1 Nadia Comaneci😍😍😍

  • Reply Sofia.Santos Treich December 7, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I don't understand why there can't be another perfect 10, can someone explain?

  • Reply Eglantine KRAX December 12, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Waouw

  • Reply kilroy1964 December 12, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Actually Nellie Kim got tens on the floor and vault, winning 3 golds and a silver, in Montreal. However her amazing accomplishments were overshadowed by Nadia. Gotta feel for her.

  • Reply Massimo Murru fan December 13, 2018 at 1:03 am

    I love her smile. 🌷

  • Reply October Resseguie December 14, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    A Perfect 10!!

  • Reply totally_not_virginia yee December 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    There were a lot of mistakes on bars

  • Reply Mihaela Barbure December 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Cineva roman.?

  • Reply Ayu BLB December 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Vera casvlaska was had a perfect ten

  • Reply jviyfg December 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    She was abused by her coaches… not quite the perfect scenario portrayed here…

  • Reply Sarit Shsmil December 29, 2018 at 4:07 am

    She is best i remenber nadia wo nunber one in the word.

  • Reply Culea Petre January 1, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Romani

  • Reply Begin again0 January 2, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Japanese subtitles is wrong

  • Reply Najstefaniji January 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Olga Korbut was a perfect 10

  • Reply Fay Major January 6, 2019 at 4:03 am

    LEARN TO SAY HER NAME PROPERLY!!!

  • Reply Maria Ines Park January 6, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    2:41 increíble, su habilidad es de lo mejor

  • Reply Debra Simms January 12, 2019 at 7:35 am

    It was the America Cup and the year was 1976 at Madison Square Garden.
    A correction/ edit of my previous reply🤸🌍🌎🐛🦋💜🤗

  • Reply Tiago SkateRock January 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    My god, that is so inspiring! Thanks little girl, you made my day better because of your talent and hard work!

  • Reply Running Bear January 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Nadia is the greatest of all time.

  • Reply Mini3005 January 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Our Nadia, THE BEST!

  • Reply IVANSERRATOS January 14, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Ñame of the song min 4:13 ?

  • Reply Mansoor Haque January 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I mean people had 30 years/7 Olympics to get a 10 so that excuse is out of the window too lol.

  • Reply Lil Miss Perfect January 18, 2019 at 2:34 am

    She is the best ever.

  • Reply Maja48 January 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Her Name is COMANECI and not COMANEC 😉

  • Reply Angelica Lino January 22, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Genial !!!

  • Reply M M January 22, 2019 at 9:29 am

    WAHNSINN! 😍 A 🌟STAR🌟 IS BORN ! EIN "PERFECT 10" ! 😃 Sie hat sehr hart dafür trainiert und gerecht 10 bekommen, es war alles perfect! Insgesamt hat sie in Montreal 7 mal ein "PERFECT 10"! GRATULIERE NADIA ! 🌹😍

  • Reply tmhwriter January 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    I wish the video had shown more of the winning routine.

  • Reply CARLOS UBER January 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    The super star…its magic.

  • Reply Mike Davison January 27, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Didn't she step back out of her dismount?? Surely that's a deduction? She could've stuck it but she went into her salute prematurely and threw herself off balance.

  • Reply tyrone loki January 29, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    still mesmerizing to watch even for the n'th time

  • Reply nana rose February 1, 2019 at 2:35 am

    my mom named me Nadia after her- thanks

  • Reply raphael muresan February 2, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Nadia Elena Comăneci it's the correct full name I am from Romania good luck people

  • Reply Franklin Hall February 15, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Nadia is the best ever.

  • Reply Sophia Wells February 16, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    There is a such thing as a perfect ten what do they mean

  • Reply Matthew Macrow February 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

    How on earth do you mispronounce comenici? She's literally the most famous female athlete in history

  • Reply Andre Gonçalves March 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    De outro planeta

  • Reply Just lina March 9, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    All I can say was that Nadia certainly did NOT stick that vault landing @ 1:55….

  • Reply heilandiger March 12, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Nadia is my star, but Olga trumps her.

  • Reply Ștefania Munteanu March 13, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I am romanian: sunt româncă

  • Reply blackceazer21 March 17, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    she took on the 'dream team' soviets…and won good for her. she was a phenomenal athlete.

  • Reply empressyy March 19, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I give Nadia Comaneci 10 points!

  • Reply J CaaM March 21, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Olympic judging has been proven to be completely corrupt.

  • Reply Catherine Malian March 25, 2019 at 10:27 pm

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  • Reply jorge pearl March 28, 2019 at 12:24 am

    where is she now? most gymnastics have muscle pain the rest of their lives

  • Reply Shauncie Playz #Games and More! March 30, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    When your way too perfect

  • Reply Clay Taylor March 31, 2019 at 7:31 am

    If anyone was wondering, she now resides in the United States in Oklahoma, with her husband, an Olympian that competed for the USA.

  • Reply Hayle Marry April 6, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Nadia is the greatest!

  • Reply Brenda Pascale April 15, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Ludmilla, Olga …and the best :
    NADIA

  • Reply Kitty Viveen April 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I just started highschool when Nadia got her 10. She was the first eastern european superstar. There were posters, handbags, what have you. She was everywhere. And we used to say when thing went wrong: Well, nobody is perfect. Exept for Nadia Comaneci…..

  • Reply Yvonne Tomenga April 16, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    @Olympic – This video is disappointing because it does not show Nadia's winning routines in their entirety. The fact that you ended the video with the choppy, partial body shots made the poor editing more noticeable and detracted from the inspiration of the uneven bar routine.

  • Reply 10Slayer01 April 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Should have been a 9.8

  • Reply bebetigre12 April 17, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    What a scandal she caused with that boyfriend and affair.

  • Reply Paola Pacelli April 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    La 👑Regina della Ginnastica👑
    Ha nome : Nadia Comaneci

  • Reply Henry Tun May 1, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Well respect !!!!! Of course , she is the best in her time and still stand alone and will stand forever, especially in our hearts.

  • Reply Reza Lak May 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    نادیا کومانچی تکرار نشدنیست

  • Reply Anon Emous May 7, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    NADIA-PERFECT 10!

  • Reply Lumi LaBonte May 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Nadia got 10's on all the events…though not in order–Back then they did not have the bouncy floors either–where she got her 10 on floor routine.

  • Reply Countrycowboy08 May 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I think, now, the closest to the "perfect 10" that a gymnast can achieve is by getting a 10 in E score.

  • Reply Liss Belén June 2, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Queen 😍🤸🏼‍♀️

  • Reply Gingersnaps1978 June 8, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Because this seems to be a real hot topic, she herself pronounces her last name without the “I”. Like Comaneetch.

  • Reply Michael Reif June 13, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks

  • Reply Tony Montana June 20, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Perfect princess Nadia.

  • Reply Mary Beth O'Brien June 23, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Love it

  • Reply Csf June 26, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Romani avem pe aici?

  • Reply Rune Glad July 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    you did‘nt show the perfect 10 😡 clickbait!

  • Reply reezlaw July 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Why break the most important part of the video in two to insert some useless animation?

  • Reply The Lord of Reddit July 17, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Perhaps you should have showed the actual first perfect 10? The routine you showed was NOT the first one. The first one she got the 10 was at the team compulsories and she did a different routine to the one you showed.

  • Reply Julia S. July 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    43 years ago today…

  • Reply Wanna Bee July 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Nadia, BEST EVER.

  • Reply Gino A. July 27, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    vorrei ricordare che era costretta ad esibirsi nuda davanti al figlio di Ceausescu

  • Reply Rita Machado August 11, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Isso que é dedicação. Perfeição. Igual a essa nunca mais vai existir.

  • Reply Mihai Robert August 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Lovely seing a full natural athlete and not Simone Biles who looks like someone cut the face of a young girl and glued it to a steroid abusing midget:p

  • Reply Lady Gaga Lover August 22, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Is it just me or is her name being mispronounced here?

  • Reply Legendary Justin A. August 30, 2019 at 8:45 am

    So pretty

  • Reply chu- su August 30, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    💋❤️❤️💕💕💕💕

  • Reply Erika Mccranie August 31, 2019 at 3:42 am

    What do you mean no perfect 10? Katelyn Ohashi always gets perfect 10's on her floor routine.

  • Reply Nestor Ramos September 1, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    There is perfect 10.
    Ohashi from ucla usa

  • Reply Bob Gratton September 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Excellent reportage.

  • Reply Corporal Killjoy September 18, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    legendary

  • Reply Pakunin61 September 19, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Magistral. Las otras gimnastas del principio, que se ven mayores que Nadia, miran sus ejercicios, seguramente pensando que esta niña nos lo pondrá difícil.

  • Reply Nur Huda Shamsulnizam September 24, 2019 at 7:55 am

    She looks so cuteeeee with her bang

  • Reply steadydavoliv September 24, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Nadia Comaneci transgender born a male. google it.

  • Reply Gordon Morehead September 26, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    SHE WAS SIMPLY SPLENDID !!.

  • Reply Martin Laulunen September 28, 2019 at 6:09 am

    That's a crock..there is no such thing as a perfect 10,…fire the judges..9.9..is the highest humanly possible….slip on the landing

  • Reply Olaf Wiese September 30, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Hello!  For all those people here, the 10 might just be a number. But the truth is deeper,    much deeper. The first perfect 10 in the Cold War. None of you young guys could imagine what that means. None of you can understand what that REALLY REALLY means. The perfect 10 was the openning from the west to the east! Without her performances we would still live in that. She´s the one and only one who made the impossible possible. Done by a young girl. Just because all the judges had to pull the 10. Because she was performing like a dream within a dream. I am from Germany and if I´ll ever match her I´ll sink on my knees, to praise her because she is a goddess. There is no match in history. She is the one and only who made dreams come true. And the dream was to unite east and west. I am thankfull.

  • Reply 동귀어진 October 1, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    In Soch Russia 2014, did you remember Yuna?

  • Reply justin gill October 2, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Comenech?

  • Reply Gordon Morehead October 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I WAS IN LOVE WITH HER !.

  • Reply Isabel Contreras October 4, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Nada que decir Nadia es la mejor de todas gracias

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