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February 19, 1990 | From Wire Service Reports
Nadia Comaneci confirmed rumors that she tried to kill herself at age 15 by drinking bleach, according to Life magazine's March issue. Comaneci said she was hospitalized for two days and was "glad because I didn't have to go to the gym," according to the magazine. It had been rumored, and the 1984 film "Nadia" indicated, that Comaneci attempted suicide at the height of her fame in 1977 after scoring perfect 10s in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. She had denied the rumors, however.
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July 23, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
  OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : Nadia Comaneci performed her floor routine to the song "Nadia's Theme" during the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Olympics have an uncommon ability to take athletes from relative obscurity to international stardom, all in the span of a couple of weeks. For instance, Bruce Jenner was already an accomplished decathlete by 1974, but his national profile was negligible before the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal where he became a national hero in the United States by setting a new world record in the decathlon while winning the gold medal in the event.
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July 23, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
  OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : Nadia Comaneci performed her floor routine to the song "Nadia's Theme" during the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Olympics have an uncommon ability to take athletes from relative obscurity to international stardom, all in the span of a couple of weeks. For instance, Bruce Jenner was already an accomplished decathlete by 1974, but his national profile was negligible before the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal where he became a national hero in the United States by setting a new world record in the decathlon while winning the gold medal in the event.
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July 31, 2009 | Bill Brink
Los Angeles was host to the Summer Olympics 25 years ago. This third part of a 16-day series looks back at Day 4, Tuesday, July 31, 1984: The big news The U.S. men's gymnastics team managed to hold its lead over the favored Chinese team -- and its star Li Ning -- to win the gold medal, setting an Olympic record in the process with a score of 591.4. The Americans had never won gold in team gymnastics and hadn't even medaled in 52 years.
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December 17, 1989 | ROGER SIMON
As soon as I stepped into the office I heard the rumbling. "Tramp!" "Trollop!" "Heifer!" Wait a second, I said. I may have sown a few wild oats in my time, but I'm no heifer. "We are not speaking of you," a colleague informed me. "We are talking about that Commie concubine, Nadia Comaneci." When gymnastics superstar Nadia Comaneci defected to this country the week before last, she became an instant hero. Today, she is a bum. A home-wrecker, a harlot, a hussy.
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November 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
Nadia Comaneci, who charmed the world with her pixie face and flashy style at the 1976 Olympics, fled to Hungary from her native Romania in a pre-dawn dash to freedom, the state-run MTI news agency said today. Comaneci, 28, who at age 14 scored the first perfect "10" in Olympic history in gymnastics, reportedly told border guards that her escape had been organized "in advance under the guidance of a Romanian man," who was not further identified.
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September 20, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were no gold medals awarded at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, but for the 5,000 cheering fans who came to see their favorite gymnasts perform, the afternoon scored a perfect 10. Barcelona Olympic medalists Shannon Miller and Kim Zmeskal were the overwhelming crowd favorites during the Gymnastics Spectacular, a two-hour event that featured several other 1992 Olympic stars.
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July 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former Romanian gymnastics star Nadia Comaneci said Saturday she was held captive for three months by the man who helped her defect to the West last December and later was portrayed as her lover. In her first extensive interview concerning her relationship with Constantin Panait, Comaneci also said the Romanian carpenter had "stolen" $150,000 she earned in appearances throughout the United States after her defection.
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December 30, 1989
Former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci said her defection just weeks before Romania's Communist government crumbled had so embarrassed leader Nicolae Ceausescu that he ordered her hunted down and brought back. Comaneci, 28, who surprised the world when she fled Romania, said she hopes to visit her homeland after its crisis ends. Ceausescu, the last of the ironclad Stalinist leaders in the Warsaw Pact countries, was executed with his wife Monday.
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September 22, 2000 | RANDY HARVEY
My interview with Nadia Comaneci was arranged for Thursday night, which meant that I wouldn't be able to cover the women's all-around gymnastics competition. But I figured that if perhaps the greatest gymnast of all time was going to miss it, so could I.
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April 27, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crawling through the mud and ice, owning nothing more valuable than the denim jacket on her back, Nadia Comaneci escaped across the Romanian border into Hungary on a winter night in 1989. If she ever returned home, those who knew of her plans to defect warned, soldiers would be waiting for her. As she disembarked from an airplane a week ago in Bucharest, she indeed was met by a military escort. But the soldiers were not there to arrest her.
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September 20, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were no gold medals awarded at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, but for the 5,000 cheering fans who came to see their favorite gymnasts perform, the afternoon scored a perfect 10. Barcelona Olympic medalists Shannon Miller and Kim Zmeskal were the overwhelming crowd favorites during the Gymnastics Spectacular, a two-hour event that featured several other 1992 Olympic stars.
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July 23, 1992 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a woman proudly showing off her jewelry, Nadia Comaneci opens a scarlet box and pulls out her treasures: Nine Olympic medals. Five gold. Three silver. One bronze. These represent the best of Nadia. She has also saved the number she wore in 1976 at Montreal, when she scored the first perfect score of 10 in gymnastics history, then went on to record six more of them and win three gold medals.
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March 28, 1992 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If they had been born in America, perhaps Nadia Comaneci and Olga Korbut would also have, as prized possessions, glass-encased Wheaties boxes bearing their likeness, as Mary Lou Retton has in her condominium. Surely, they would at least have condominiums.
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October 16, 1990 | United Press International
Nadia Comaneci, the gymnastics darling of the 1976 Olympics, said the man who helped her flee Romania last year, far from being her lover, kept her prisoner in the United States, beat her regularly and cheated her of $150,000 in income. Comaneci said the ordeal lasted three months and took her on a harrowing journey through Florida, California, New York and Canada.
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May 2, 1989
Bela Karolyi, the gymnastics coach from Romania who guided Nadia Comaneci to an Olympic gold medal before defecting to the United States in March of 1981 to coach such stars as Mary Lou Retton, became a U.S. citizen Monday, along with his wife, Marta, and 15-year-old daughter, Andrea, during a ceremony in downtown Houston.
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April 27, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crawling through the mud and ice, owning nothing more valuable than the denim jacket on her back, Nadia Comaneci escaped across the Romanian border into Hungary on a winter night in 1989. If she ever returned home, those who knew of her plans to defect warned, soldiers would be waiting for her. As she disembarked from an airplane a week ago in Bucharest, she indeed was met by a military escort. But the soldiers were not there to arrest her.
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October 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Nadia Comaneci was among three athletes named to the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame by the Women's Sports Foundation today. Joining Comaneci, the eight-time Olympic medalist, were cyclist Connie Carpenter Phinney, a gold medalist at the 1984 Games, and water skier Willa McGuirk Cook. The foundation also named its athletes of the year. Triathlete Paula Newby-Fraser was chosen Professional Sportswoman of the Year and pentathlete Lori Norwood was selected Amateur Sportswoman of the
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July 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former Romanian gymnastics star Nadia Comaneci said Saturday she was held captive for three months by the man who helped her defect to the West last December and later was portrayed as her lover. In her first extensive interview concerning her relationship with Constantin Panait, Comaneci also said the Romanian carpenter had "stolen" $150,000 she earned in appearances throughout the United States after her defection.
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