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Off Balance has ratings and reviews. La Petite Américaine said: I first encountered Dominique Moceanu the same way everyone else did: on TV whe. Read the first chapter of former gymnast Dominique Moceanu’s memoir, “Off Balance,” in which she discusses discovering the sister she never. Off Balance,” Dominique Moceanu’s memoir, paints a dark picture of legendary coach Bela Karolyi and of elite gymnastics. The Olympian.

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Nevertheless, many of Moceanu’s experiences — especially those as growing up first-generation American — are actually possible to relate to, even if you’re not a gymnast.

And that’s eventually where I ended up building a lot of confidence, because I was the awkward, European, you know, looking kid that had a family from Romania, which most kids didn’t even know where that was on the map. So that made me feel very good, and it puts a smile on my face. I had always been open with Mama and confided in her things I have never shared with anyone else.

Off Balance by Dominique Moceanu

My emotions were running in every direction, moving so quickly I could barely keep up. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? But he’s like well, you’re young now. Her parents were Romanian immigrants, although Dominique and her sister were born in the United States. Every photo valance taken, every holiday spent, all of our childhood memories—there should’ve been three sisters.

You mocranu the period after the Olympics as a major time of growth for you.

Bangladesh prime minister denies accusations of rigged vote. It’s almost surprising that she didn’t have a rougher “dark time” than the one she described considering the physical and mental abuse she suffered at the hands of both her coaches and her own father.


‘Off Balance’ sheds light on world of elite gymnastics

Off Balance scores gold! Learn more about Amazon Prime. It also brings an additional remarkable component about her lost sister and how the discovery altered everything she knew and perceived about her family which, frankly, was already enough for ten lifetimes! What an amazing eye-opener. Even though she won a gold medal, she didn’t win any individual medals and apparently that was considered a failure.

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I chose this memoir in the wake of the Larry Nasser scandal, which was an eye opener into the world of elite gymnastics. He was domineering and abusive. Hardcoverpages. Touchstone June Length: My experience in the sport and attenuated connections with the elite athletes gives me an only-slightly-filtered idea of what really goes on.

We were always walking on eggshells. And you are very explicit about the negative side of training with them. To question my father’s reasoning as a child was invitation for punishment, and as an adult was invitation for outbursts.

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The information dominoque presented meticulously, like a jigsaw puzzle, each piece carefully and intentionally placed next to the other. Over the summer, my best friend’s boyfriend called me and said, “Katie This memoir helps you to relate to Moceanu as a human – a young girl who faced kids in school as cruel as the ones you went to school with, but she faced them with much more adversity than most of us did in our own lives.

That said, I was curious and found it interesting. Add to Dominiqke Add to Cart. As an avid fan of women’s gymnastics, I admired the Karolyis for their development of Nadia Comeneci and other champion gymnasts.

She’s come out of her experiences a pretty amazing woman and it sounds like she’s found much happiness as an adult. I just couldn’t find the words,” said Mama. That’s when it became not so much fun anymore. Although Dominique’s account is only one side of the story, I believe her, and I hope she continues to pursue changes in gymnastics.


Jennifer would have been the middle sister. This was the day of the competition in the morning practice. Books by Dominique Moceanu.

BOOK EXCERPT: Dominique Moceanu’s “Off Balance” – ABC News

How Competing for Myself Changed Everything. And she lays it out without whining or justifications or sympathy seeki I saw Dominique Moceanu interviewed on “The Road to London” on Universal Sports. Moceanu’s life is a little more interesting though. Tata’s rage and temper tantrums took a toll on my dominiqu.

She jumps around a bit goes back and forth from the past to the present which can be a mmoceanu distracting, and glosses over her “bad girl days” of drugs and alcohol abuse and some of coaches but otherwise an interesting book.

In the case of Moceanu for most this would be when she and the U. Just when I had reached this balance point in my life and expecting my first born, it was, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I follow gymnastics closely – even traveling cross-country for meets on a regular basis – so I knew of most of the harrowing details of elite gymnastics and even some of the specific training stories she mentions here before picking up the book.