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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. Womens Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only American womens 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 contributed to Moceanus 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.

But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanus 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 sister—born with a physical disability and given away at birth—who has nonetheless followed in Moceanus 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.

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mybodymyself, June 12, 2012 (view all comments by mybodymyself)
WOW what a book this is and etc, Ms Moceanu. Yeah, I didn't about this until a few wks ago when I was window shopping and etc. Even though it took me awhile registered it and etc. I'm so glad that you have decided to share your lifes story with the public as opposed to keeping it private. Even though it took you somehow to do it and etc. Have been a big fan of yours since I first saw you on tv, back in 1995.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451608656
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Moceanu, Dominique
Author:
Williams, Paul and Teri
Publisher:
Touchstone
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Olympics; olympic gymnast; gold medal; gold medal winners; youngest Olympic gymnast; olympic games; biography
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120612
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pg 4c insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.12 x 6.12 in

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"Synopsis" by , AT FOURTEEN YEARS OLD, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. Womens Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only American womens 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 contributed to Moceanus 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.

But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanus 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 sister—born with a physical disability and given away at birth—who has nonetheless followed in Moceanus 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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