For a small town, Onesti has a great sports club and a sports highschool with a long tradition in producing international gymnasts and not only. Our town produced many legendary heroes in the world of sports, especially gymnastics. They made history achieving high performances. It's a history with heroes, with athletes who stamped it with their biographies, with their exceptional deeds, a history of some coaches, of some trainers with a vocation, of some teachers of exception who have polished these diamonds as real jewelers do.
Nadia Comăneci (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈnadi.a koməˈnet͡ʃʲ] ; born November 12, 1961) is a former Romanian gymnast, winner of three gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event. She also won two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world. In 2000, Comăneci was named as one of the Athletes of the Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy
Her gymnastics accomplishments:
- Comaneci was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 in the Olympics. She did it at the 1976 Games, and then went on to score six more 10.0s and win three gold medals.
- Comaneci was also the first Romanian gymnast to win the all-around title at the Olympics, and is the youngest ever all-around champion( Fourteen-year-olds)
- In 1979 Comaneci became the first gymnast to win three all-around titles at the European Championships.
- At the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Comaneci won her second Olympic gold medal on beam, and took home another gold on floor and a silver medal in the all-around. She is the last Olympic all-around champion to have returned to the Games four years
Nadia Comaneci, one of the world’s greatest gymnast, 'goddess of Montreal' who revolutionized the world of the gymnastics, says she owes 'a great deal' to the town she took off from to get the world glory:
''There I have learned to make my first steps, my first gymnastic exercises; there has started my way to success, to performance. I owe a lot to this town, this town which has successfully grown a lot of champions and to the local people too, 'to my people' the ones who have decided my destiny. There are many who, in one way or another, have helped me to become what I am today', the great champ says. There is a little monument dedicated to a giant sport's legend. It is situated right next to the gym where Nadia Comaneci made her first steps in gymnastics.