Forty years ago today, Nadia Comăneci became the first gymnast to score a perfect ten in the Olympics. The Romanian athlete was just 14 when she nailed the score for her uneven bar routine at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Because judges had previously considered a perfect score impossible to achieve, the electronic scoreboard in the stadium didn’t even have enough space to accommodate all four digits needed to display her score. (It had to be displayed as 1.00 instead of 10.00!)
What’s even more amazing is that she wasn’t done slaying after that historic routine. Comăneci went on to earn six more perfect scores throughout the Montreal Olympics and won three gold medals. Four years later, she won two more gold medals at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The woman is an absolute legend. You’ve got to see it to believe it, so take a look at her epic routine below!
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