In the History of Sports, how many sports-person are there who have altered the perspective of the Results upside down; who have shown the world the things that are seen never before; who have redefined the ceiling; who have changed the definition of Possibilities ??? In the last 100 years we have seen numerous Sports Stars who are brilliant in their sport, immensely gifted and equally dynamic, they thrill the audience with their amazing Skills to secure a place in their hearts. However, it can be counted in fingers when you try to search for Sports Stars who were like never before or never after. These very few people who actually challenge what is said to be Impossible, and with their skills only they redefine the standards of possibility, the standards of humanly achievable. They become better than perfect, they become the Legend.
How many of you have really heard the name of Nadia Comăneci ???
Nadia Elena Comăneci; born November 12, 1961) is a Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and the first ever gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10, in an Olympic gymnastic event. She is also the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 summer Olympics. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world and, along with Olga Korbut and Nellie Kim, is credited with popularizing the sport around the world. However, she is undoubtedly more known as the Best Gymnast of All times, who forced the Olympic Committee to change the Electronic Scoring System.
After winning numerous International Competitions with 'all-around titles' (Overall Prize over numerous categories in Gymnastics) and countless Gold Medals even before her 14th Birthday, Nadia was already considered the greatest threat to the mighty Soviets in their own field (Russians were always known for their dominance in Gymnastics).
Then came the defining moment, the moment of revelation. In 1976, Nadia Comăneci at the age of 14 was representing Romania in Montreal Olympics. Nadia's stupendous performance earned her a "Perfect 10" as many as 7 times in different events during the course of the Olympics.
During the team portion of the competition, her routine on the uneven bars was scored at a 10.0. It was the first time in modern Olympic Gymnastics history that the score had ever been awarded. The world witnessed awestruck as Nadia repeatedly mocked with the saying "Nobody is Perfect", as she perfected her scores again and again, with unprecedented finesse and audacity, compounded with unequal fluency and perfection.
Nobody in the Olympics even dreamt in their wildest of the dreams that anyone can score a "Perfect 10" in Gymnastics. The scoreboards were not even equipped to display scores of 10.0; so Nadia's perfect marks were reported on the boards as 1.00 instead. Over the course of the Olympics, Comăneci would earn six additional 10s, en route to capturing the all-around, beam, and bars titles and a bronze medal on the floor exercise. The Romanian team also placed second in the team competition.
Nadia Comăneci was the first Romanian Gymnast to win the all-around title at the Olympics. She also holds the record as the youngest Olympic Gymnastics All-around Champion ever at 14 years of age. After Montreal Olympics, the Electronic Scoreboard were revised and were made to display the elusive 10.0 also (although it was not observed to occur more than a single digit of times after Nadia & Nellie retired).
(Prior to the Olympics, In March 1976, Nadia competed in the inaugural edition of the American Cup at Madison Square Garden in New York. She received unprecedented scores of 10.0, which signified a perfect routine without any deductions, on vault in both the preliminary and final rounds of competition and won the all-around. Comăneci also received 10s in other meets in 1976, including the prestigious Chunichi Cup competition in Japan, where she posted perfect marks on the vault and uneven bars. The international community took note of 'Nadia Comăneci' : she was named the United Press International's "Female Athlete of the Year" for 1975.)
Nadia Elena Comăneci, at the age of 14 single handedly changed the notion of "Nobody is perfect". She has proved in front of the World that, Perfection is not Impossible to enact. She has shown the world if you have the Will, and if you possess the Skill, you can be Perfect. In fact you can be better than the Perfect, you can actually be the Legend.
(BTW, a small information, even after reading this if you still say "Nobody is Perfect", just remember "I" am that Nobody ..... ;-))