All you Gen-Xers out there who watched Nadia Comaneci score perfect 10s at the 1976 Olympics will appreciate the amusing irony of this picture. It’s my daughter Bridgy wearing the gymnastics medal she won yesterday at the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational. She wore it to bed last night along with her Minion pajamas.
The meet was held yesterday at Bart Conner Gymnastics Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, nobody played the theme to The Young and the Restless, a.k.a. Nadia’s Theme.
That song was originally called Cotton’s Dream and was written for the musical Bless the Beasts and the Children. Despite popular belief, it did not play during Comaneci’s floor routine. It played in the days after, when ABC World of Sports swapped it with the original piano piece she used. Viewers loved it and it became affectionately known as Nadia’s Theme.
I’m so proud of how Bridgette did at the meet. She’s been sick this week and missed every practice. She forgot the sequence in her floor exercise, but still managed to score an 8.3. It was the first time she attempted the round-off backhand spring in competition and she did so great! She also competed on the bars, beam, and vault. I think vault was her highest score.
Today’s Daily Photo hails from Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. It features the gymnastics team from Afon Taf School, 1976-77. These days, gymnastics leotards are very sparkly, but I kind of like the simplicity of the old ones. Old School can be good. (And, yes, people born between 1961 and 1981 who hail from Wales are Gen-Xers, too.)
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