Rumania's Nadia Comaneci, the 14-year-old schoolgirl who won the hearts of spectators at the Montreal Olympics with her brilliant gymnastic displays, started a surprise world tour, in Antibes, France, on Friday (22 October).
SV Gymnasts warming up
GV Mariana Constantini on bars
CU Nadia Comaneci warms up
GV Constantini finishes exercise
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Comaneci on the bars, and falls, then completes her routine
GV comaneci doing floor exercise
GV Comaneci finishes floor exercise
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Background: Rumania's Nadia Comaneci, the 14-year-old schoolgirl who won the hearts of spectators at the Montreal Olympics with her brilliant gymnastic displays, started a surprise world tour, in Antibes, France, on Friday (22 October).
SYNOPSIS: Miss. Comaneci and the other Rumanian gymnasts were using this part of the tour as a warm-up to the Balkan games in Greece.
They perform in Hamburg, Germany for two days then move on to Greece. After the Games the girls will give exhibitions in Tokyo, Japan.
Star of the travelling show is Miss. Comaneci, who was the first woman gymnast in Olympic history to make a perfect score of 10, and she did it in no less than five events, at the Montreal games, including the asymmetric bars. She made a rare mistake while doing this routine in front of the French crowd.
Miss Comaneci's appearance on this tour came as a bit of a surprise. after a hero's return to Rumania after the Olympics, she wasn't heard of outside her country for months. Rumours circulated that she had put on weight and hurt her back. this display effectively scotches the rumours of a back injury, but she does appear to have put on some weight. Miss Comaneci, along with another rumanian, Theodora Ungureanu, was expected to take out all the gold medals in the Montreal games. Miss. Ungureanu however was disappointing, and tiny Russian newcomer, Neli Kim, nearly stole the show, by winning three gold medals
The Soviet competitors which dominated the 1972 Munich Olympics, Olga Korbut and Ludmilla Tourescheva were unable to match her "perfect" performances at Montreal but scored high marks nevertheless. Miss. Comaneci finished a lowly--for her anyway--third in this event, the floor exercises, won by Miss. Kim, who is considered the biggest threat to Miss Comaneci's title of top woman gymnast.