Made In Romania
On November 12, 1961, a baby girl was born in a small town in the Carpathian Mountains called Onesti, Romania. Her name was Nadia Comăneci. She was born to Gheorge Comăneci, an auto mechanic who was born and raised in Romania. Her mother was Ştefania Comăneci. The family later added a second member to their family, a boy named Adrian. The family was a part of the Romanian Orthodox Church, as were many other families in Romania at the time.
Ştefania claims that because Nadia was difficult to manage as a child and full of energy, she enrolled her daughter in gymnastics from a young age to allow her daughter to release some of her energy.
She Knew Early On
Nadia began gymnastics as a kindergartner. She was part of her local gymnastics team called Flacăra, meaning “The Flame” in Romanian. She was coached by Duncan and Munteanu. It didn’t take long for Nadia to get obsessed with the sport and by age 6, she already knew that she wanted to pursue gymnastics for the rest of her life.
However, at such a young age and only after a few gymnastics lessons, she never could have expected the course that her life would one day take.