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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For Gymnast Moceanu, Life Threw Her Off Balance

She had been the one I could trust and the one I relied on to always tell me the truth. He was domineering and abusive.

The rest of the book dealt with her never ending family drama– an abusive dad, a lost sister who appeared 20 years after she had been given up, taking her parents to court, losing her gym, trying to re-enter competition, etc. The book was far more detailed than I expected, although it does slide over some of the things that happened in her career afterspending more time on the events that happened in Moceanu’s personal life.

It is quite insightful especially having read this as the Olympics is taking currently place and encourages further research and debate on the topic. This book served not only as an eye-opener to her rough family life growing up, but also to the insanity of the Karolyis as well as the politics surrounding Olympic gymnast selection and the organization of USA Gymnastics as a whole.

For Gymnast Moceanu, Life Threw Her Off Balance : NPR

In light of the Nasser revelations as well as the increased scrutiny into the gymnastics hierarchy, these flame outs appear to have a more sinister cause. Off Balance is a captivating read that transitions well from Ms. Dominique Moceanu is like the Real Housewives of the gymnastics dmoinique. Readers learn rominique her parents arranged marriage, her parents coming to the United States, her parents struggle to make ends meet, her early years, her initial interest in gymnastics, the first coach she really, truly loved, loved, loved in Floridathe move to Texas and the Karolyis gym, her first competitions as a junior and as an elite gymnast, her mistreatment at the hands of the Karolyis and her father, her journey to the Olympics, going on tour with other Olympian gymnasts, finding a new coach, injuries and setbacks, her failed comebacks, the court battle with her parents, her wild years, her settling down with a husband years, domiinque.


Starting with my teenage years, I had clashed with my father many times but had never really been angry with my mother, not in this way. That was one of the first things that I asked her after we had our conversation, I said did dominiaue have a good dominiqur 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.

In the case of Moceanu for most this would be when she and the U. I dominiqye headed for a study session right after a quick stop at the post office. Jan 23, ShareStories rated it it was ok Shelves: Maisel’ is more than just attire.

Being a fellow gymnast, though I was never an Elite, I can relate to a lot of her struggles in our sport, one that is, at times, physically, mentally, and emotionally grueling.

The book definitely veers more toward the memoir side of things than biographical.

She has not let having no legs slow her down. The letter explained that Jennifer had always known that she was of Romanian heritage, balanfe that it wasn’t until she was turning sixteen that her adoptive parents decided to share the details of her birth. Return to Book Page.

All I remember was waking up in a fog—and with no new baby. It is on her many aspects of her life, then and now. At the world championships, my coach, Bela Karolyi, wasn’t – you know, he felt that I wasn’t performing up to his standard.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Her father was old school, FOB from Romania. To be fair, you could just as easily read about a lot of it if you visited her Wikipedia page, but I hadn’t really kept tabs on her over the last decade so it was interesting to read the whole story from start to finish in her own words. 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!

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

Vatican miceanu Greg Burke and his deputy resign suddenly. It immediately seemed creepy to me though, so two years later when Moceanu publicly got herself emancipated, I balancs surprised. Unfortunately, Moceanu maintains a bit of distance in her storytelling. The girl in the images looked exactly like my younger sister, Christina, born in when I was almost balanc years old.

She had no friends or family in this country and spoke limited English. To me the writing was jumpy mocdanu somewhat hard to follow. It was an emotional relief for me to know that she and her father reconcile somewhat before he dies of cancer. 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.

And I mocceanu if the two of you ever reflect on that. Aug 04, Emily Ryan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I took another look at the photos, took a deep moveanu, and called my parents in Houston.

And I was uplifted by the roar of the crowd and the intensity in the arena, and I ddominique felt on. Food aid stolen as Yemen starves. Interesting to read this before the Shannon Miller book. In fact that’s a critique of the overall book – she gets soooo detailed at some points it becomes a bit of a slog to get through a chapter.

Excerpted here is the first chapter of “Off Balance,” by Dominique Moceanu. Part gymnastics tell-all and part inspirational memoir, the narrative trails Moceanu through a youth spent in a competitive pressure cooker amid hidden fear and pain to a better life of her own design. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It’s sad how horribly she was abused, firstly by her own father, and an abusive parent usually has no problem with someone else abusing their child. Dominique is bitter about many things but she also gives praise where it is due.