Olympic legend Nadia Comaneci finally has the answer to the question, "How will you celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first perfect 10 this summer?"
Comaneci and her husband, fellow Olympic champion gymnast Bart Conner, welcomed the arrival of a healthy son, born Saturday morning, June 3, in Oklahoma City.
"Everybody was asking me what I am going to do to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first perfect 10 on July 18 this year," she said. But the "perfect 10" came in June.
The baby, named Dylan Paul, was delivered by Caesarean section at 10:26 a.m. Three weeks early, 4lb. 10oz. and 17 inches long, he is the first child for both Comaneci, 44, and Conner, 48.
"We're thrilled beyond belief," Conner said. "I can tell you that both Dylan and his mother are doing great." Conner said the baby was named after his favorite musician, Bob Dylan, and former coach and business partner Paul Ziert. "We're so excited for this next chapter in our lives," Conner said. "We've been so blessed with many exciting moments, but this
tops the list."
A 14-year-old Comaneci shot to stardom at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games where she scored seven perfect 10s and won five medals, three of them gold. Her accomplishment landed her on the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Comaneci earned four more medals, two gold and two silver. Comaneci officially retired in 1984. She defected to the United States shortly before the 1989 Romanian revolution, and married Conner, a two-time 1984 Olympic gold medalist, in 1996. They reside in Norman, Oklahoma, where they operate several gymnastics-related businesses, including "International Gymnast" magazine, the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, Grips, Etc., and Perfect 10 Productions. Years after their Olympic successes, Comaneci and Conner continue to travel the world doing promotional work for Adidas and other Olympic sponsors. They also devote a large percentage of their time to charitable foundations, including Special Olympics, the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
by Emanuel Fantaneanu
President NSJA Romania