Off Balance

Off Balance

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
Description: viii, 242 p., [8] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451608656
Branch Call Number: 796.44092 Moc
Additional Contributors: Williams, Paul.
Williams, Teri.


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Oct 28, 2019

The writing was, understandably, a bit weak. But the story was good and gave a very human perspective into the world of elite gymnastics. I looked online to see if the Karolyi's ever provided a response to this book but couldn't find much. I would love to hear about other gymnast's experiences with them.

Oct 26, 2018

Great book, I could relate it was very interesting to read.

May 08, 2018

Dominique Moceanu is a strong person both physically and mentally, and I admire her tremendously. It is refreshing to see someone using her position to stand up for the rights of gymnasts to be treated kindly and respectfully. Ms. Moceanu has been through many challenges in her life, but she has also found much joy--especially in starting her own family and connecting with her long-lost sister. You can read about all this and more in Off Balance.

ArapahoeSusanW Feb 07, 2018

I chose this memoir in the wake of the Larry Nasser scandal, which was an eye opener into the world of elite gymnastics. Moceanu was notorious in my mind as a burn out, but after reading her memoir, and admittedly not following her career in the past ten years, her story is a very human one of resilience.

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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