It was in Montreal, again in 1976, when Nadia Comaneci shocked the world by incomes the primary excellent 10 in Olympic gymnastics historical past. She obtained seven of them, the truth is — 4 on bars and three on beam — main the Romanian gymnastics crew to their first Olympic silver medal within the crew occasion. Nadia herself received particular person golds within the stability beam, uneven bars, and the highly-coveted all-around competitors. Her scores had been so unprecedented that the Olympic scoreboards weren’t even geared up to show them, posting 1.00 as an alternative!
It was a history-making efficiency that also resonates, particularly for Nadia herself. On the 43rd anniversary (to the day!) of her first Olympic excellent 10, she posted a short, sweet Twitter video to have fun her achievement. “Right here we go,” she captioned the video, which reveals her executing a (fairly perfect-looking) cartwheel on the seaside. She referred to as out the anniversary and drew our consideration to her son within the background, photobombing and stealing the highlight together with his personal excellent 10 handstand.
Nadia stays a gymnastics icon and continues to carry the report because the youngest Olympic gymnastics all-around champion. (She was solely 14!) It is one report, the truth is, that can by no means be damaged; now, gymnasts should be at the least 16, or turning 16 within the calendar 12 months, to compete on the Olympics. And whereas different gymnasts adopted her to the right 10 normal, a change to the scoring system in 2006 meant that we’ll by no means once more see a 10 on the Olympic degree. Fortunately, we have now loads of footage of Nadia’s beautiful routines to maintain us glad. Preserve studying to observe her first excellent 10 on the uneven bars and see extra photos from her record-breaking performances.
Or, simply preserve replaying her seaside throwback cartwheel. The toe level! The pose on the finish! Yep, she’s nonetheless obtained it.