Gymnastics -- and Rumania's darlings of the international circuit, Nadia Comineci and Teodora Ungureanu, stole the show at a tournament in Madrid on Friday (6 April).
LV: Rumanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci performing on horse in Madrid, Spain.
LV: Rumanian gymnast Teodora Ungureanu on horse.
SV Comaneci on bars.
Ungureanu on bars.
SV: Comaneci on beam
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Background: Gymnastics -- and Rumania's darlings of the international circuit, Nadia Comineci and Teodora Ungureanu, stole the show at a tournament in Madrid on Friday (6 April). The two teenagers, who between them have decisively toppled the Soviet stars from the world gymnastic throne, were using the show in the Spanish capital to prepare for the European Women's Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia, next weekend (May 13 and 14).
SYNOPSIS: Fifteen-year-old Miss Comaneci is undoubtably the queen of international gymnastics; winning three gold medals at the Montreal Olympic last year.
Her fellow star, Miss Ungureanu, came to prominence on the gymnastic scene when she won last year's international 'Champions All' contest in Britain.
Miss Comaneci, who is hailed as the world's greatest-ever woman gymnast, took the international crown away from the Soviet union's Olga Korbutt with her triple-gold at Montreal. She's also the current holder of the European title, which she'll be defending in Prague. Her performance in Spain left little doubt that she'll be keeping it.
Miss Ungureanu successfully defended her Champions All crown in this year's contest in London last month. Her scores were beaten by Miss Comaneci, but the world star was only appearing as a guest artist, and ineligible for the title. Together, the two girls have put Rumania firmly at the top of the gymnastic tree.
Miss Comaneci on the beam -- and again, a near-flawless performance. A promising curtain-raiser to the European Championships.