Off Balance has ratings and reviews. La Petite Américaine said: I first encountered Dominique Moceanu the same way everyone else did: on TV whe. Read the first chapter of former gymnast Dominique Moceanu’s memoir, “Off Balance,” in which she discusses discovering the sister she never. Off Balance,” Dominique Moceanu’s memoir, paints a dark picture of legendary coach Bela Karolyi and of elite gymnastics. The Olympian.

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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.

Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned dominiqque 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. 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 domiique parents.

A multilayered memoir that transcends the world of sports, Off Balance will touch anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life. Browse our editors’ picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children’s books, and dominiue more. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use moeanu heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

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Start reading Off Balance: A Memoir on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. See all customer images. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. 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 dominoque potential buyers would take an interest in it. As fans of celebrities we pick up on a person during or after their major achievements.

Off Balance by Dominique Moceanu

In the case of Moceanu for mkceanu this would be when she and the U. 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 balancee.

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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 memoir humanizes Moceanu’s achievements and it does it in an incredibly well thought out and touching way. For example, most fans knew her family was Romanian – but probably few considered what that truly meant. It meant that Moceanu is a first generation American who came from a poor family of immigrants It may be hard enough to achieve greatness, but it is even harder living in a two-bedroom apartment with your parents, sister doimnique grandparents.

Most dominiuqe gymnasts tend to be on the small side, but have any fans considered what it is like to be the smallest person dominqiue your class selected last to play a sport in gym class, have a funny sounding name and come to school with food that is unlike your classmates’ food at lunch time?

No one imagines the small tiny hardships that add up to a difficult life when they see a girl and a gold medal on a podium in front of the entire world. This memoir helps you to relate to Moceanu as a human – a young girl who faced kids in school as cruel as the ones you went to school with, but she faced them with much more adversity than most of us did in our own lives.

It is a poorly kept secret that elite child athletes often face abuse which comes in multiple forms: Gymnastics seems to be particularly notorious for this. What I appreciate about this memoir is that it reads like someone trying to tell a story as a way of explaining their life Many memoirs are “grinding axes” in disguise, but fortunately this does not come off as one of them in my opinion. Moceanu does a great job reflecting on what was great in her childhood and what she appreciated about her life as well as noting things she has set out to change about her own children’s childhood.

It also brings an additional remarkable component about her lost sister and how the discovery altered everything she knew and perceived about her family which, frankly, was already enough for ten lifetimes! If I had one criticism of the book it is the way in which the chronology was broken up to weave past and current together i. It was awkward to follow and I think the reader’s feeling of being disjointed outweighed what Moceanu was probably going for by doing it.

‘Off Balance’ sheds light on world of elite gymnastics

This is a small issue mentioned only because no product review should fail to mention “the negative”. The story is remarkable and inspiring, there is no question of that. It is told well dominiquw with great detail that takes a lot of courage to share with other human beings let alone publish in a book. You do feel that you are a better person for having understood the path someone else experienced in life and the challenges they faced and the lessons they learned. You can not ask for more after reading a memoir.

I have a lot of respect for Dominique Moceanu for her honestly in this book. I’ve read it several times and am always appalled and disgusted by the brutal treatment she received at the hands of the Karolyis. I believe every word of what she says she endured. She’s come out of her experiences a pretty moceaun woman and it sounds like she’s found much happiness as an adult.

The part about finding her sister Jen is incredible as well! The book is well written and I highly recommend it to any gymnastics fan or reader dojinique memoirs! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I got into Gymnastics a couple of weeks before, and I got delightful for Dominique, her performances and story, and I really got more intereted on it. So I decided to buy her book, to know more about her story and herself, and I have to say I really fulfilled my expectations about it.


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It’s a captivating book, very dynamic and full of details, no letting any hole between. I really loved the book. There were times I couldn’t stop reading at very late hours at night, and I had to force myself to go to sleep to continue the next day. I felt I could know Dominique much better than talking face to face with her and I’m really thankful to her moceani letting me and others know her more, by sharing their feelings, offf, thoughts and the most toughest moments that she had to face on these years of her life.

I have a lot of more things to say, yet to moceannu this comment brief I want to say that I admire you for being such a great person and fighter. Thank you very much for this! Dominique Moceanu won an Olympic gold medal along with her Magnificent 7 teammates at the Atlanta Olympics. She was only 14 years old, tiny 4 feet 4 inches tall!

Her life on and off the gym floor has been difficult. She had complicated relationships with her family and with Bela and Marta Karolyi, her official coaches during her champion years. Her parents were Romanian immigrants, although Dominique and her sister were born in the United States.

While she loved her mother and sister, her relationship with her father was fraught with complications. He was domineering and abusive. The book opens when Dominique is an adult, and receives the biggest surprise of her life. Her parents had kept a secret from her and her sister for many years. Dominique is bitter about many things but she also gives praise where it is due. She actually adored her first coaches, but when it became apparent by the age of 10 that Dominique was exceptionally talented – Olympic material – her father whisked her away to the Karolyi ranch in Texas.

She was not at all prepared for the transition. She was shy and was used to a positive environment in the gym, but in Texas she was hopelessly confused and upset with what went on. For example, her favorite coach at the gym simply disappeared he was fired and no one ever mentioned him again. Much has been made of the fact that she was miserable with the Karolyis. Actually, in this book she seems to be more mystified by their actions. After the Olympics they seemed to want to have nothing to do with her.

Even though she won a gold medal, she didn’t win any individual medals and apparently that was considered a failure. Even her parents were discouraged from praising her too much. Moceanu’s body changed rapidly after Atlanta but she still kept pursuing gymnastics – because she loved it. She had made quite a lot of money from touring in gymnastics shows after the Olympics, which her father had put into building a huge gymnasium.

Moceanu famously ran away from home as a teenager and tried to get her legal emancipation from her family.