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In this searing and riveting andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the dark underbelly of Olympic gymnastics, the true price of successand#8230;and the shocking secret about her past and her family that she only learned years later.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;At fourteen years old, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 US Womenand#8217;s Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only American womenand#8217;s team to take gold at the Olympics. Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned her the status of media darling. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was a series of challenges and hardships.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Off Balance andlt;/Iandgt;vividly delineates each of the dominating characters who contributed to Moceanuand#8217;s rise to the top, from her stubborn father and long-suffering mother to her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi. Here, Moceanu finally shares the haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she hit rock bottom after a public battle with her parents. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanuand#8217;s incredible journey), the most unique aspect of her life is the family secret that Moceanu discovers, opening a new and unexpected chapter in her adult life. A mysterious letter from a stranger reveals that she has a second sisterand#8212;born with a physical disability and given away at birthand#8212;who has nonetheless followed in Moceanuand#8217;s footsteps in an astonishing way. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;A multilayered memoir that transcends the world of sports, andlt;Iandgt;Off Balance andlt;/Iandgt;will touch anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life.

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AT FOURTEEN YEARS OLD, DOMINIQUE MOCEANU was the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. Womenand#8217;s Olympic Gymnastics team, the first American womenand#8217;s team to take gold at the Olympics. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was anything but perfect.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Off Balance andlt;/iandgt;vividly describes each of the domineering characters who contributed to Moceanuand#8217;s rise to the top, from her stubborn father and long-suffering mother to her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi. Moceanu finally shares the haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she hit rock bottom after a heartbreaking public battle with her parents.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But more than a decade after she won gold at the U.S. Olympics, when she was nine months pregnant with her first child, Moceanu got a letter out of the blue that turned everything she thought she knew about her family and her world upside down. She learns she has a second sister, born with a physical disability and given away at birth, who has nonetheless followed a remarkably similar path. Ultimately, Moceanu must find a way to embrace her new family and accept her past in order to reclaim her life and the sport she loves.

Synopsis:

A New York Times bestseller, this deeply honest, thought-provoking memoir from Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the often-dark underbelly of gymnastics as only an insider can and uncovers the shocking secret that nearly tore her family apart.

At fourteen years old, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team (known as “The Magnificent Seven”), the first ever American women’s team to take gold at the Olympics. Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned her the status of media darling. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was a series of challenges and hardships.

Off Balance vividly delineates each of the dominating characters who contribute to Moceanu’s rise to the top: her stubborn father, her long-suffering mother, and her acclaimed yet domineering coaches, Marta and Bela Karolyi. Moceanu also shares haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she climbed back to the top with dignity after hitting rock bottom following a public court battle with her father.

But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanu’s incredible journey), the most unique aspect of her life is the family secret that she discovers, opening a new and unexpected chapter in her adult life. A mysterious letter from a stranger reveals that she has a second sister—born with a physical disability and given away at birth—who has nonetheless followed in Moceanu’s footsteps in an astonishing way.

A multilayered memoir that transcends the world of sports, Off Balance will touch anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Dominique Moceanuandlt;/bandgt; is the youngest American gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal and the youngest to win the all-around title at the US Senior Nationals. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio. Visit Dominique-Moceanu.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451608663
Author:
Moceanu, Dominique
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Williams, Paul and Teri
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Olympics; olympic gymnast; gold medal; gold medal winners; youngest Olympic gymnast; olympic games; biography
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pg 4c insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , AT FOURTEEN YEARS OLD, DOMINIQUE MOCEANU was the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. Womenand#8217;s Olympic Gymnastics team, the first American womenand#8217;s team to take gold at the Olympics. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was anything but perfect.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Off Balance andlt;/iandgt;vividly describes each of the domineering characters who contributed to Moceanuand#8217;s rise to the top, from her stubborn father and long-suffering mother to her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi. Moceanu finally shares the haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she hit rock bottom after a heartbreaking public battle with her parents.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But more than a decade after she won gold at the U.S. Olympics, when she was nine months pregnant with her first child, Moceanu got a letter out of the blue that turned everything she thought she knew about her family and her world upside down. She learns she has a second sister, born with a physical disability and given away at birth, who has nonetheless followed a remarkably similar path. Ultimately, Moceanu must find a way to embrace her new family and accept her past in order to reclaim her life and the sport she loves.
"Synopsis" by , A New York Times bestseller, this deeply honest, thought-provoking memoir from Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the often-dark underbelly of gymnastics as only an insider can and uncovers the shocking secret that nearly tore her family apart.

At fourteen years old, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team (known as “The Magnificent Seven”), the first ever American women’s team to take gold at the Olympics. Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned her the status of media darling. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was a series of challenges and hardships.

Off Balance vividly delineates each of the dominating characters who contribute to Moceanu’s rise to the top: her stubborn father, her long-suffering mother, and her acclaimed yet domineering coaches, Marta and Bela Karolyi. Moceanu also shares haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she climbed back to the top with dignity after hitting rock bottom following a public court battle with her father.

But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanu’s incredible journey), the most unique aspect of her life is the family secret that she discovers, opening a new and unexpected chapter in her adult life. A mysterious letter from a stranger reveals that she has a second sister—born with a physical disability and given away at birth—who has nonetheless followed in Moceanu’s footsteps in an astonishing way.

A multilayered memoir that transcends the world of sports, Off Balance will touch anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life.

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