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  The living Legend of Modern Gymnastics,NADIA COMANECI
                       
The world's first perfect gymnast

By BRUCE LOWITT
St. Petersburg Times,
published November 10, 1999

The silence was broken only by the sounds of clicking -- hundreds of cameras capturing the moment. What they caught was perfection.

Nadia Comaneci, the 14-year-old Romanian, arched in midair for an instant on her dismount from the uneven parallel bars, then the feet supporting her 4-foot-11, 86-pound body landed softly on the mat. The silence was shattered by an explosion of cheering and applause that, after a few seconds, turned to consternation. Flashing on the electronic scoreboard was 1.00. It took a moment for the 18,000 spectators at the Forum to realize that Comaneci had, in effect, outperformed modern technology
(full story, click here) (excerpts re-printed with special permission of St.Petersburg Times)

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