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.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A memoir is the story of a person's life and their experiences and no one should be entitled to review that. Accordingly, this review focuses only on how the information is presented and whether the audience of potential buyers would take an interest in it.
As fans of celebrities we pick up on a person during or after their major achievements. In the case of Moceanu (for most) this would be 1996 when she and the U.S. Woman's team won a gold medal in the team competition for gymnastics. She was just 14 years old. I assumed it took a lot of hard work to get there, and that the path was not easy. I also assumed that it was a childhood lost and replaced with the hard work and determination of an adult. This book certainly confirms these theories. I feel I can write this without it being a real spoiler for anyone.
We (the public) see the glorious results and have some appreciation for how difficult it is to achieve the results, but no true understanding. This...
I very rarely read biographies. In fact I can think of only one other one I've read (that wasn't a school assignment). I love watching gymnastics and saw this book so I got a sample sent to my Kindle.
One person's review said they weren't sure of why she started with the chapter about her sister. I personally think it was a brilliant move. It draws you in and laid the ground work for describing who her parents were as people in the next chapter.
I was appalled by many of the things mentioned in the book about the world of gymnastics but I can't say that I'm surprised. Another review I read on here alluded that "official" book reviews/media sources were stating that "she can't back it up" or that "she was bitter." To this I would say that I remember hearing mumblings (I think it was after the 96 Olympics) about how "not nice" Bela Karolyi was.
I think that because it is shocking and appalling because people don't WANT to believe it. People most...
I really liked this book and found Moceanu's perspective about her trying and highly publicized life very interesting and a bit sad. Yes, I finished this book the day after the USA women's team won the Olympic team gold again - for the first time since Moceanu's team.
I was a gymnast from the age of 4 through high school. I was never a club or Elite gymnast by any means, but I could hold my own in my high school conference. Needless to say, I have been a fan of gymnastics for years and remember watching the 1996 Olympics.
This book is about Moceanu's life; not just the Olympics, not just the Karolyi's, and just her emancipation, and not just her recently found sister. This covers everything, and that is a lot to cover in one book. At times I wished for more details about events, especially the Olympics and the emancipation trial. However, during the Olympics, Moceanu was a young girl and she purposefully didn't watch her teammates' routines so as not to throw off...
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