Off Balance: A Memoir

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Hardcover, Simon & Schuster, 2012, ISBN13 9781451608656, ISBN10 1451608659

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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 sisterborn with a physical disability and given away at birthwho 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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Contributed by: Williams, Paul
Contributed by: Williams, Teri
Publisher: Touchstone
Publish Date: Jun 12, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781451608656
ISBN-10: 1451608659
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.0
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4.0 stars by mjsms5

This is an easy to read memoir and a very honest look at the world of Elite gymnastics in the US. Her story is inspiring and I'm glad Dominique was able to open herself up to the world especially after the scrutiny she faced after her falls on vault in the 1996 olympics, her emancipation from her parents, a long-lost sister she didn't know about, and her failed come-back attempt. Great inspiring life story.

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