I grew up loving the sport of gymnastics. I tried the sport, but figured out it really wasn’t for me. I was not born with that skill set. So I continue to show my love for the sport by watching it religiously.
Whenever the Olympics were (and are) happening, I eagerly wait for the women’s gymnastics events to take place. When they’re on I sit in front of the television, glued to my seat. My favorite team was the Magnificent Seven. This should be no surprise to anyone who grew up in the 1990’s and followed the sport. The entire team was remarkably talented.
But my favorite gymnast was Dominique Moceanu. This tiny gymnast packed so much power. At the age of 14, she was the youngest member of the American team and she kept her audience captivated. Along with her team, she went home with a gold medal from the Atlantic games.
However, not all was as perfect as it seemed to the outside world for this Olympian.
Moceanu’s book — Off Balance: A Memoir — is one of the many books I’ve read this year. As someone who followed the career of this gymnast, I was intrigued to see what she wrote about. I heard of some of the struggles she went through in her early career, but the book really gives you a picture of what she dealt with.
She gives you insight into not only her gymnastics career, but also her personal life. The pressure Moceanu felt from her family and the struggle with her father as she grew up is difficult to read. From the outside, you wouldn’t have known what she was going through until it was made public with her emancipation.
I highly recommend that you read Moceanu’s memoir, even if you didn’t grow up loving gymnastics. Her story of growth and perseverance is impactful.
If you want to know when she’s doing book signings, follow her on social media. I was fortunate enough to see she was at a signing two minutes down the road from me and I got to meet her, hence the picture above. She’s not only an awesome gymnast, but more importantly, she’s an amazing human being from what I can tell.
Read her book. That is all.