When it comes to Eastern European countries, it seems as though the men and women who live there have a knack for sports – and gymnastics, in particular. But out of all of Eastern Europe’s proud athletic heritage, there isn’t a more famous gymnast than the one and only Nadia Comăneci from Romania. The first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10/10 score in the Olympics, Nadia boasts 5 separate Olympic Gold Medals – but her rise to fame is almost as exciting as her athletic achievements.
As soon as she started her first lesson, Nadia knew that she had found her life’s calling. The summersaults, a very difficult routine, and the exhausting practice sessions were things Nadia loved ever since she was in kindergarten. What started as a childhood infatuation ended up as dream come true, and Nadia knew, even at that young age, that she would be a gymnast for life.