Nadia Comaneci received the world’s first Virtual NFT NEcklace as a gift. A group of Romanian Creatives gave it as homage marking the 45th Anniversary of her achievement: scoring the first Perfect 10 at the Olympics.
The world’s best receives the world’s first: Virtual NFT Necklace
Nadia Comaneci is one of the world’s most famous and accomplished gymnasts. She is also credited for popularizing the sport all over the globe. At the peak of her career in 1976, she won 3 Olympic gold medals and six more perfect 10s. Hence, fans all over the world equate her name with gymnastics.
Four artists from different fields collaborated to create the world’s first Virtual NFT Necklace. A unique combination of a designer, architect, virtual artist and IT expert pooled their expertise to complete a fitting tribute to the sports icon.
Drawing inspiration from the career of Comaneci, the virtual necklace is made of ten pieces, symbolizing the perfect 10 scores that Comaneci received. Each piece of the necklace uniquely represents moves from the beam, floor and uneven bars.
Comaneci was very much involved in the creative process. In fact, she personally chose the ten moves featured in the necklace. In her acceptance speech, she said, “I am glad to see that my performance from 45 years ago continues to inspire the young generation. I liked the idea of a new type of pioneering, this time at the intersection between athletic performance and technology.”
The Romanian Art Creative presented the Virtual NFT Necklace to Comaneci at the Palace of Culture in northeastern Iasi.
On July 18, the same date when Comaneci made history, the organization will auction off six other NFTs inspired by the “Perfect Ten.”
NFTs as a way to keeping traditions and history alive
Aside from Comaneci, the Olympics organization is also acclimating to the NFT space. The Olympics takes pride in its long history and colorful traditions. For instance, physical pins have been a part of the Olympics experience for over a century. Olympic pin collectors travel all over the world to acquire and trade unique finds. Thanks to NFTs, the collectors didn’t miss out this year even with the pandemic. Digital pins were released on the Flow blockchain through nWayPlay.com.
NFTs started to attract a great deal of media attention because of its commercial success. However, plenty of projects are leveraging on NFTs value as an immutable asset making it a fitting tribute to sports heroes. For example, MLB honored Lou Gehrig by actioning off his luckiest-man-on-earth speech. The University of Bentley’s first NFTs were dedicated to its hall of Famer women’s women’s basketball coach.
Sports and NFTs hit it off from the very start. Despite the NFT market slowdown, there’s still a steady flow of athletes and sports franchises entering the NFT Space. Whether it’s for love or money – sports memorabilia will always be in. This is why sporting NFTs took off faster than a rocket. In the market for collectibles, scarcity equals value. So in a way, NFTs didn’t really change the game but it leveled up the experience.