September 22, 2000 |
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.
April 27, 1996 |
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 |
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.
July 23, 1992 |
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.
March 28, 1992 |
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.
October 16, 1990 |
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.