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Angelic Assassin wrote: Nadia Comaneci changed Women's gymnastics with her performance at the 1976 Olympics.

Her performance made gymnastics more popular worldwide and changed the body type and training of many future gymnasts.
I disagree here. Olga Korbut from the 1972 Olympics put gymnastics on the map outside of Mother Russia. She truly became a worldwide sweetheart and the face of the sport after the 1972 Games. Wildly popular even here in the U.S. while a Cold War still raged. Comaneci picked up the ball and ran with it for sure and ensured that the sport stayed popular on a global level. But it was Olga who started the whole thing off.



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WongLee wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: Nadia Comaneci changed Women's gymnastics with her performance at the 1976 Olympics.

Her performance made gymnastics more popular worldwide and changed the body type and training of many future gymnasts.
I disagree here. Olga Korbut from the 1972 Olympics put gymnastics on the map outside of Mother Russia. She truly became a worldwide sweetheart and the face of the sport after the 1972 Games. Wildly popular even here in the U.S. while a Cold War still raged. Comaneci picked up the ball and ran with it for sure and ensured that the sport stayed popular on a global level. But it was Olga who started the whole thing off.


It was said that if one mailed a card to her and addressed it as simply "Olga, Moscow" it would get to her.  



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WongLee wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: Nadia Comaneci changed Women's gymnastics with her performance at the 1976 Olympics.

Her performance made gymnastics more popular worldwide and changed the body type and training of many future gymnasts.
I disagree here. Olga Korbut from the 1972 Olympics put gymnastics on the map outside of Mother Russia. She truly became a worldwide sweetheart and the face of the sport after the 1972 Games. Wildly popular even here in the U.S. while a Cold War still raged. Comaneci picked up the ball and ran with it for sure and ensured that the sport stayed popular on a global level. But it was Olga who started the whole thing off.


I think the way Comaneci changed things drastically is scoring the 7 perfect 10's. There's no doubt gymnastics was popular before Comaneci but I can say that the 76 Olympics got me watching. Prior to 76 female gymnasts were, older, taller, and didn't really have the waif like body of 14 year old Nadia. Korbut was 21 at those games I believe.  After 76 suddenly future female gymnasts were younger than ever before with the exception of a couple that competed in the 1890's and early 1900's.

And as mentioned the body types changed. Gymnasts seemed almost anorexic for a time. Well except for was it Kerri Strug I think who reminded me of the Pillsbury Dough Girl.

So I think suddenly more people were watching. And more future gymnasts were emulating Nadia I think than Olga.  The judging even eventually changed , a ways down the road of course so that perfect 10'a are no longer possible in Olympic competition.  It's like the late 70's and early 80's when every little kid wanted to be Wayne Gretzky.  



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Didn't anyone mention Babe Ruth ?
Before the Babe, everyone choked up on the bat & hit dinky little singles.
Hitting .400 was a big deal & .300 was the Mendoza line. Ruth just swung hard on every pitch, trying to hit home runs. Soon, everyone was swinging for the fences.

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