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World Staff Writer, Sept. 21, 2001

Nadia and Bart to visit Tulsa

 

Gymnastic superstars Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner will join in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Tulsa World of Gymnastics on Oct. 13th.

 

Wayne and Linda Bradshaw, owners and directors of Tulsa World of Gymnastics, are holding the celebration to thank the families who have attended their gym the past 25 years. Alumnae from toddler classes to the competitive team are invited to join in the festivities.

 

The festivities at the Tulsa World of Gymnastics, 7020 East 38th St., will begin at 10 a.m. with the viewing of the movie "Nadia." Comaneci will then be available for autographs and photos from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Comaneci's perfect 10 in 1976 and her interpretation of the sport motivated the Bradshaws to open a facility for a group of 22 children who were training in a recreational facility.

 

"The excitement Nadia brought to the sport gave me the guts to step up and make the investment when our daughter Tina was 11 and Tara was 9," said Linda Bradshaw.

 

Comaneci won the gold medal in 1976 for the best all-around gymnast and recorded the first perfect score in Olympic competition. She also went on to add three more gold medals, a bronze and seven perfect scores.

 

The Bradshaws' program has grown from 22 students to 1,270 in a facility that is now 22,000 square feet.

 

The Bradshaws have hosted two Olympic qualifying events, the 1996 American Classic and the U.S. Classic 2000. Their facility is a national training center for the TOPS National Camp.

 

Original Story Link:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Nadia_and_Bart_to_visit_Tulsa/L092101114

 

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