On this day in 1976 at the Montreal Olympic games Nadia Comaneci, a 14-year-old Romanian gymnast became the first to ever score a 10.0 for a performance. She did it on the uneven bars. When the score came up there was confusion- the scoreboard read 1.00. They had never thought anyone would ever get a 10.0 so they weren’t prepared for such an event. Nadia would eventually make getting a 10.0 routine. She would have 6 10’s in those games on her way to 3 gold medals. She was one of biggest stars of that olympic games. She would go on to win 2 more gold medals at the Moscow Games in 1980 [which we didn’t see here in the US because the decision of a bone-headed president to boycott those games.} She retired from competition in 1981.
Nadia Comaneci is now a naturalized citizen of the United States and married to former U.S. gymnast Bart Conner. They had their first child in 2006.