On this date in 1976, Nadia Comaneci became the first person in Olympic history to score a perfect 10 in competition.
Scoreboards during the Games weren’t prepared for such a feat, when her score popped up as 1.00, the audience was outraged, until they were told the decimal point was static and couldn’t be moved.
For the entire competition, each of Nadia’s perfect scores was reflected as a 1.00, instead of 10.0.
That summer the world embraced Nadia, a product of the Romanian sports development system.
At just 14 years old, Nadia became a household name and scored a total of seven perfect scores in the Montreal Olympics.
After the Games of 76, she competed in the 80 Moscow Games and capped her career with nine Olympic medals.
In 1989, Nadia defected from Romania and ended up in the United States where she married American gymnast Bart Conner.
Now an American citizen and gymnastics coach, Nadia Comaneci is 55 years old.