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Nadia the politician?

August 29, 2007

A victory salute?

Nadia Comaneci is being groomed for a position in the Romanian Parliament if she wants it, Agence France-Presse reported this week.

Comaneci, best known for scoring the first perfect 10 in Olympic history (followed at close range by six more), has little experience in politics, unless you count a rumored romance with Nicu Ceausescu, son of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, during the 1980s.

Romania’s governing National Liberal Party (PNL) is hoping to persuade Comaneci to be its candidate for the country’s first European Parliamentary elections on November 25.

The list must be lodged by September 26 at the latest. And the lure of the Comaneci name is one which all parties are keen to harnass.

Comaneci’s name is being cited to head the PNL list, in place of former Minister of Foreign Affairs Mihai Razvan Ungureanu.

The US-based former gymnastics star is set to meet Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu to discuss the offer.

“I would be delighted if she (Comaneci) were to accept but at present there has been no discussions,” said PNL vice-president Norica Nicolai.

“We’ll know more (this week) … when our delegation meets to discuss strategy, the list and campaign team,” he said.

Nadia today.
Comaneci wouldn’t be first Romanian affiliated with gymnastics to accept a government position. After the 2004 Olympics, Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang, the volatile, outrageously successful Romanian national team coaches accepted positions as sports advisors to Romanian President Traian Basescu.

Shannon Miller to remarry Saturday

August 23, 2007

U.S., World and Olympic champion Shannon Miller will tie the knot with prominent Florida Republican John Falconetti Saturday, according to a report published today in the The Jacksonville, Fla. Times-Union.

Miller, the most decorated American gymnast in history, won seven Olympic medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and eight world championship medals, five of them gold, between 1991 and 1996.

Shannon Miller is planning to tie the knot with Florida politician John Falconetti Saturday. It will be Falconetti's first marriage and Miller's second. The couple plans to honeymoon in Italy.Falconetti first met Miller at a celebrity golf tournament.

Three years later, at the age of 22, Miller married a physician named Chris Phillips. Miller filed for divorce in 2004, but the split was not finalized until last summer, according to this article in The Boston Globe. Apparently, it was ugly, too — Phillips accused Miller of having an affair with a male athlete, rumored to be a married gymnast, and threatening to expose him as being addicted to prescription drugs if he didn’t meet her demands.

Falconetti, meanwhile, shared the┬ástory of how he and Miller got together in the Times-Union’s article.

Falconetti, 39, said he first saw Miller, 30, when she was one of the celebrities playing in the Rick Wilkins Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament for Charity two years ago.

“I asked Rick’s father, Ray, who she was and immediately upgraded my sponsorship so she had to sit next to me for the whole weekend,” said Falconetti, president of Drummond Press.

Miller attends many such events each year and never gives out any personal information.

“He tracked my e-mail down through a publicist,” she said.

Best of luck second time around, Shannon.