Off Balance

Off Balance

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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In this searing and riveting New York Times bestseller, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the dark underbelly of Olympic gymnastics, the true price of success…and the shocking secret about her past and her family that she only learned years later.

At fourteen years old, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 US Women's Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only 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 contributed to Moceanu'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.

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 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
ISBN: 9781451608656
Branch Call Number: ANF 796.44092 MOC
ANF 796.44092 MOC
Characteristics: viii, 242 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Paul
Williams, Teri


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Sep 22, 2016

I was really moved when Dominique revealed a secret sister.

Apr 04, 2015

Opened my eyes, made me see some of my heroes in a different light

Apr 14, 2014

I love this book becase i am her background and i love gymnastics

Mar 24, 2014

Well written and interesting. Highly recommended.

JMFlaherty Sep 26, 2012

A real page-turner. Fascinating life of an Elite gymnast in training. The support and non-support she got from family, friends and coaches. Told thru the eyes of a highly intelligent young girl (and young adult) with insight, a strong brain, and a wonderful heart.
And then, a truly startling surprise, but a good one.
Good job, Dominique!

nkontrol Aug 23, 2012

It was aiiight. The best part was about her secret sister, Jennifer. I learned so much about life based on how her sister lived her life despite her disability.

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