"One is not a very good score, so I was like, 'I think something is wrong with the scoreboard," said Comaneci, remembering the event.
The company that manufactured the Olympic gymnastics scoreboards had previously inquired about the possibility that a gymnast may score a 10 -- an extra digit would need to be allotted on the board -- but the International Gymnastics Federation dismissed the worry. Call it poor planning. Comaneci racked up six more perfect scores in the '76 Olympics, and amassed nine medals during her gilded career-- five gold, three silver, one bronze.
She left the competitive gymnastics scene in 1984, but her current lifestyle reveals anything but retirement.
Along with her husband
Earlier this year Comaneci appeared on the
In 2003, Comaneci published
Her greatest joy these days is 19-month-old son,
"He's only beginning to hang on the bars and jump on the trampoline," Comaneci says. "He's got the genes, but who knows? He may decide to do something like extreme sports."