Case 6

Conner and Comaneci

Two Celebrated Olympic Gymnasts (now married!)

Bart Conner (1958 -      ) and Nadia Comaneci (1961 -        )

 

Bart and Nadia are both retired Olympic gymnasts. Nadia competed for Romania in two Olympics (1976 and 1980) and at 14 years old became the first woman gymnast to score a perfect ten. Bart is a highly decorated American Olympic gymnast who won medals at every level of national and international competition and scored a perfect ten on the parallel bars during the 1984 Olympics.

 

Initially just friends, she and Conner were together for four years before they become engaged.  Their 1996 wedding was held in Bucharest.  It was televised live throughout Romania and their reception was held in the former presidential palace.  Com?neci later described the experience as "very emotional, not just seeing my mother but seeing an entire country I'd left.  

 

In 2011 they created The Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival as well as running the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, the Perfect 10 Production Company, several sports equipment shops.   Both are still involved with the Olympics and hihgly active in The Special Olympics.