N is for Nadia Comaneci for atozchallenge.
Watching gymnastics is wonderful nostalgia – the first memories were the gymnasts who were part of the big Russian circus which was in town when I was a little girl. It was a mix of thrill and fear and happiness – seeing them hanging graciously on those bars and swinging and flying over the nets like a areoplane. And their short skirts was the reason for secret giggly discussion among the little girls 🙂
In the days were TV was not something which is a common fare, we were dependent on newspapers for the world news. When the Olympics were played, the newspapers carried those details and I was surprised to learn that gymnastics is a famous sport with the little girls of Europe. It immediately became very intriguing for me to observe the gymnasts – and that is how i started learning about Nadia – the romanian little girl, who was the first girl to get a perfect 10 score.
Later I learnt more about her focus and dedication – how she handled her defection from her country and her dual citizenship (America and Romania), her modelling career, various accolades , etc.
Obviously, Nadia is a role model for all the young girls for the years to come.