Rumanian gymnastic star and triple Olympic gold medallist Nadia Comaneci has been awarded the United nations peace prize by U.
Rumanian gymnastic star and triple Olympic gold medallist Nadia Comaneci has been awarded the United nations peace prize by U.N. Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim. The rest of the Rumanian gymnastic team, who were with her in the United States, were awarded commemorative stamps at the same ceremony on Tuesday (18 October).
SYNOPSIS: The 15-year old girl wonder who took her three golds at the Montreal Olympics in Canada last year also holds a range of other titles -- national champion, European champion, and the unofficial world championship. There's no such title in reality, but she is never the less still regarded as the international queen of gymnastics. It was perhaps this international acclaim that Dr. Waldheim recognised when he presented her with the coveted U.N. peace medal, one of the highest accolades she's received in her brief but spectacular career.
Miss Comaneci is widely regarded as the girl who toppled the Soviet gymnasts from their traditional throne. She began taking the sport seriously at the age of seven, and made her first international mark at the age of 13 with the "Champions All"title. Together with fellow-Rumanian stars like Teodora ???ngureanu,last year's "Champions All", she and her team-mates have now received international recognition of another kind -- from the United Nations.