[March 7] Nadia's
"Montreal 1976" costume, to be auctioned
During a Sport-related
exhibition at Deva History Museum , a costume which looks
like the ones used by the Romanian national team during 80's
, is displayed in the exhibition.
The costume was borrowed to the exhibition
by a family related to the ones of Romanian famous poets (Sorescu,
died years ago).A member of this family, supposed visiting
Nadia's family back in 1982, have received as a gift the costume
and a book about her (the Ioan Chirila Romanian language book
called simply "Nadia").
First news about this costume, which they
pretend to be the one Nadia used at Montreal in 1976, were
heard last September, I think. The price asked back then (because
their main intention was to promote it for selling) was $1500
(like Euros 1000). After few weeks and "friendly advice's"
from everybody around who knows how much such a thing may
bring, the family which own the costumes raised slowly the
price. Now the starting price for an international auction
is said to be Euros 10 000 (like $14 000).
It is said that the costume is the one which
Nadia used at Montreal, when she made the gymnastics change
for ever, with the "1.00"being displayed instead
of "10"-which was supposed of not being achievable.
The idiots who thought this were maybe same "Club"
as one of my former teachers, who use to said "10"is
for God"- but I suppose many of you, native Romanians
or not, have had such a stupid teacher? But we all have now
Bruno G..., who came with this stupid idea of moving scores
up (Houston, we have a problem?! , can you send him back on
his Stupids-Planet, where he may belong?)
Back to the costume auctioned. The model displayed in the
exhibit and available for auction is the one used by the Romanian
team for a long time, from 1975 to 1983, at least. The family
who owns it, said that they have received it in 1982. It can
be one of Nadia's costume, but it can be one used after Montreal,
maybe in Moscow (or not used at all, because we can't imagine
she gave them a very used one, especially the one who brings
her so many wonderful moments).
For those who don't know, the girls from the
national team still have to wash by hand their costumes. The
automated washing machine is used only for heavy items, the
costumes have to be carefully washed. This is a very painful
process, especially when you have your palms bleeding or suffering
from scars. "We have had to use some plastic bags on
our hands, to avoid the painful smarting"-said a former
team member. We have suggested to RGF past months to get (or
we can arrange a donation) a small, manual-moving washing
machine, to help girls get rid of those bad moments of washing
costumes by hand only.By manually rotating a knob, a small
container is rolling and make the washing easier, more like
a play (it's used in places with no electricity or to help
washing manually delicate things).
With the gymnasts having like six costumes of same model back
in those (dark communist) years, the chance of having the
real costume from Montreal is one in six. But thinking more
about, we can also imagine that maybe Nadia gave to those
friends one of the newer costumes, from late 80's. The true
is only known by Nadia, and she has refused to sign a Certificate
of Authenticity, needed for the auction (along with her authorization,
If the costume is real, that family can not
sell it (legally) without Nadia's authorization. Maybe the
best solution for them is to make a deal with Nadia manager,
to offer them the item at the discounted price and later the
costume to be auctioned for charity-the benefits going to
a Fund to help former gymnasts in need, and the costume -to
a Sport Museum, maybe the ROC or RGF one. We have thought
about this too, but didn't make any step or speak about with
them, last autumn (when the price was more realistic), but
later we have moved our efforts (time and the budget) to help
a little bit the (more urgent) problems of some of the gymnasts
in need (medical problems), which are more urgent.
We can only hope that the costume will take his place in a
Museum and will not decorate a bar wall or something.
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