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Off Balance

A Memoir
Moceanu, Dominique, 1981- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Baker & Taylor
A record-making Olympics gymnast recounts the hardships that dominated her early career, describing her relationships with her parents and coaches, her humiliating public scorn by her father and the astonishing family secret that opened an unexpected chapter in her adult life. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

Baker
& Taylor

The Olympic gymnast recounts the hardships that dominated her early career, describing her relationships with her parents and coaches, her humiliating public scorn by her father, and the family secret that opened an unexpected chapter in her adult life.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Authors: Moceanu, Dominique, 1981-
Statement of Responsibility: Dominique Moceanu with Paul and Teri Williams
Title: Off balance
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
Characteristics: viii, 242 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Subject Headings: Gymnastics Social aspects Women gymnasts United States Biography Moceanu, Dominique, 1981-
Topical Term: Gymnastics
Women gymnasts
Additional Contributors: Williams, Teri
Williams, Paul
LCCN: 2011040276
ISBN: 1451608659
9781451608656
Branch Call Number: B Moceanu M
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Apr 14, 2014
  • Dancelover12321 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Sep 26, 2012
  • JMFlaherty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Aug 23, 2012
  • nkontrol rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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