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Off Balance 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 Successand The Shocking Secret About Her Past And Her Family That She Only Learned Years LaterAt Fourteen Years Old, Dominique Moceanu Was The Youngest Member Of The 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 ParentsBut 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 WayA Multilayered Memoir That Transcends The World Of Sports, Off Balance Will Touch Anyone Who Has Ever Dared To Dream Of A Better Life I saw Dominique Moceanu interviewed on The Road to London on Universal Sports They mentioned her book, Off Balance This is my favorite thing about my kindle, no hour long trips to the book store one way, I immediately purchased it and devoured it.Gymnastics is my favorite summer Olympic sport And I have to admit, I wanted the dirt on Bela and Marta Korolyi And I got it Moceanu certainly had difficulty in her life And she lays it out without whining or justifications or sympathy seeki I saw Dominique Moceanu interviewed on The Road to London on Universal Sports They mentioned her book, Off Balance This is my favorite thing about my kindle, no hour long trips to the book store one way, I immediately purchased it and devoured it.Gymnastics is my favorite summer Olympic sport And I have to admit, I wanted the dirt on Bela and Marta Korolyi And I got it Moceanu certainly had difficulty in her life And she lays it out without whining or justifications or sympathy seeking And it seemed like she went out of her to way to be fair to some of the people who should have had her best interest in mind as a young gymnast.There is a lot of stuff here a long lost, and yet unknown sister, emancipation from her parents, an abusive father, Olympic gold medal and coaches who appear to be self serving, to put it mildly.Having just watched the Olympic trials for gymnastics and watching Marta watch the women gymnasts and make decisions, I was fascinated to learnabout the Karoloyis and the way they control the sport of gymnastics And it is appalling But man Juicy like a Jackie Collins novel Love it I first encountered Dominique Moceanu the same way everyone else did on TV when she was a bright eyed 14 year old at the 1996 Atlanta Games I still remember the little tumbler with an eerie resemblance to Nadia, talking all about how in this moment her life was absolutely perfect That struck me so much that now, 16 years later, I still remember my first thoughts at hearing those words I thought, Well, that kid s either naive or lying After reading this memoir, I suspect it was and st I first encountered Dominique Moceanu the same way everyone else did on TV when she was a bright eyed 14 year old at the 1996 Atlanta Games I still remember the little tumbler with an eerie resemblance to Nadia, talking all about how in this moment her life was absolutely perfect That struck me so much that now, 16 years later, I still remember my first thoughts at hearing those words I thought, Well, that kid s either naive or lying After reading this memoir, I suspect it was and still is a combination of both This book reads like a blog, and that s probably because all of the information available here can be found on Dominique Moceanu s Wikipedia page That s right Her accusations of abuse at the hands of her father an the Karoyli s, the spat with Kim Zmeskal don t worry, Dommi, you win, Kim Zmeskal sucks , the eating issues, the drugs, the sister given up for adoption that Dominique didn t know existed until 4 years ago it s already up on the Internet, and it takes about ten minutes to read This book expands on none of it and just rehashes it all at a Sports Illustrated level of literacy.The only thing that did strike me as somewhat fascinating was the fact that by the end of the book, Dominique is all growed up and claiming to have a life of near perfection Even the title of the book, Off Balance implies that her hardships are in the past and that her present life is balanced How familiar How like the 1996 Games when everything was perfect How naive I suspect that we ll be hearing from Dominique Moceanu again in several years, perhaps in another memoir, and hopefully with juicer details about what she was covering up this time around My prediction It ll have something to do with the 20 or so times in this book that she felt the need to highlight in embarrassingly excessive detail the stunning and absolute and perfect physical beauty of every female mentor she encounters Interesting Good for a couple of hours of entertainment Meh Whatever Off Balance, by Dominique Moceanu, seemed a bitoff balance It goes back and forth between the story of Moceanu discovering the existence of, and later, meeting, the sister her parents gave up for adoption because she was born without legs, and the inside story of Dominique s gymnastic career That structure left me feeling off balance I found myself wishing fordetail and resolution of the many threads that wove through these stories I initially read the bookfor the story of t Off Balance, by Dominique Moceanu, seemed a bitoff balance It goes back and forth between the story of Moceanu discovering the existence of, and later, meeting, the sister her parents gave up for adoption because she was born without legs, and the inside story of Dominique s gymnastic career That structure left me feeling off balance I found myself wishing fordetail and resolution of the many threads that wove through these stories I initially read the bookfor the story of the reconnection between the 2 sisters, and ended upinterested in the story of the abuse as perpetrated by Dominique s father and the famous Bela Karolyi I will never look at gymnastics, or indeed, any pro sport, quite the same again What price are we asking our elite athletes to pay for our entertainment I have long asked this question, and this book validates my concerns It is a shame that so many people knew of her father s temper and of Karolyi s mistreatment, and did nothing The end of the book reveals the fact that the Karolyis both Bela and Marta control gymnasticstoday than ever I hope that people listen closely to Ms Moceanu s concerns This book has gotten some negative press recently due to the fact that Ms Moceanu bad mouthed her former coaches This is not what the book is primarily about It is her memoir It shows you a window into her life through her eyes She discovered a sister she never had, and while this seems to be the primary focus she does give you a glimpse into her world Her trials and tribulations and she appears to be very honest, although she really only touches on it briefly about how illy she might ha This book has gotten some negative press recently due to the fact that Ms Moceanu bad mouthed her former coaches This is not what the book is primarily about It is her memoir It shows you a window into her life through her eyes She discovered a sister she never had, and while this seems to be the primary focus she does give you a glimpse into her world Her trials and tribulations and she appears to be very honest, although she really only touches on it briefly about how illy she might have handled some of the pressure of growing up She does bring attention to the fact that the sport has changed As a former completive gymnast myself seeing how much control one family has over the sport saddens me It no longer appears to be completive but who is their favorite that get to move on Again this is only a small aspect of her book but since I have not been in the world of competitive gymnastics in a good 13 years or so it is eye opening She is bringing attention to it in hopes to change it After all the U.S only has had one team of goal medalist gymnast, and that was in 1996 when things were the way they were when I competed I understand the idea of trying to create thingscentralized but it doesn t appear to be working and I believe that was her point, in that again small aspect of the book I did enjoy seeing her almost bear herself in this book It defiantly gives you a inside look into the girl she was and how she became the woman she is today It was well written and I enjoyed it very much I did struggle to get it started, I won t say it s a slow start, so that is the reason it didn t get a five star rating on my end But I will say I m not sure if it was her, her editor, or even the publisher but they were very mindful of explaining technical terms which I m sure is greatly appreciated form people who are unfamiliar with the sport This book was written, you can tellso for herself, but it can be read by anyone but I m sure gymnast would greatly enjoy it

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