Perfect 10

Anyone remember her?

Yup, that’s Nadia Comeneci. who achieved a perfect 10.0 in gymnastics at the 1976 Olympics.  Of course, as a callow pre-adolescent girl with no figure to speak of, she wasn’t a perfect 10 — that improvement would come later.


So why are you mentioning her at all, Kim?

Because later this year, she will be turning 60.  Here’s a more recent pic: 

You all have my permission to feel really old.  (And I know, she’s probably gone blonde to disguise the grey.  Bad choice, in my opinion, but I still would.)


  1. I remember 1976 well. I was living in Germany and Dorothy Hamill stole my heart. I never fully recovered.

    1. She lived in Riverside, CT, where my parents lived. I remember skating in her presence* at a little frozen pond in the neighborhood. I was even then somewhat startled that her coaches would allow her to skate on natural ice.

      * If I had said skating together, that would have had different connotations.

  2. She certainly aged well, and filled out nicely too.

    I hope you’ll forgive me for going off-topic in your comments, but there’s been something kicking around in my head that’s sort-of related to this topic. If it’s too far off feel free to delete.

    The other day I came across a photo of my maternal grandfather (a family member had it on FB), it’s a picture I recall well, my Mom had a copy framed in our living room. He was born in 1896, and died in 1956, so in the picture he pretty much had to be under 60. I’ll be 58 in a couple months, so he was roughly my age now, give or take. If you stood us next to each other, you’d think he was old enough to be my father, not someone no more than a couple years older than me. I’ve noted that about other people in old pictures, people looked older than they do now, and I’m not just talking about a twenty-something wearing a suit and fedora instead of a t-shirt and backwards cap. Even discounting such things as hair dye and cosmetic surgery, people now in their 60s look like people did in their 40s less than 100 years ago.

    I wonder why that is, that people seemed to age more in years gone by.

    Mark D

    1. @Mark D –
      Medicine / understanding of aging / nutrition / etc. are all MUCH better than a couple of generations ago.
      I too have pics of ancestors from when they were approx. 60 years old. They too look as if they were 10 or 20 years older than their respective pics would suggest.

  3. I was more of a Nellie Kim fan myself during those days but I will admit Ms. Comeneci has aged better.

    1. I was a fan of Ludmilla Turischeva, not Korbut, Comeneci or Kim. I couldn’t find recent photos of her. She married sprinter Valeriy Borzov, who took gold in the 100 and 200 meter sprints in 1972.

  4. Well , at least something positive came out of generations of selective breeding between Ukrainian woman and Russian Soldiers. Natural selection of the beast features of Slavic and Nordic Females.

    As to aging – better diets and nutrition and better health care Along with natural selection are the primary factorsd in longer life spans. Our Bodies “Burn out ” slower. But remember the Math for the Soc security system Ponzi Scheme was based on a shorter average Life span, it was never envisioned by politicians that life spans would increase so dramatically and quickly.

  5. Nadia and her husband (former Olympic gymnast Bart Conner) live near us. Both are as down to earth and friendly as any Okie. And yes, she does look Great in person.

    I think more prevalent use of moisturizers/sunscreen are making people look younger these days. Too late for me, but maybe my kids will learn that lesson.

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