Dominique Moceanu : biography
Dominique "Domi" Helena Moceanu (born September 30, 1981) is a retired American gymnast. She was a member of the Olympic Gold medal winning 1996 U.S. Women's Gymnastics team in Atlanta (the "Magnificent Seven").
The hallmarks of Moceanu's gymnastics, in the early stage of her elite career, were daring tricks on balance beam and spunky, inspired presentations on the floor exercise. Later, under the direction of new coaches, she developed a more elegant, mature style. Although never considered an overwhelmingly innovative gymnast, she displayed a high level of difficulty in her gymnastics, particularly on beam and floor.
Moceanu trained under coaches Marta and Béla Károlyi, and later, Luminiţa Miscencu and Mary Lee Tracy. She earned her first National Team berth at age 10 and represented the United States in various major international competitions at the junior level. She was the all-around silver medalist at the 1992 Junior Pan Am Games and the 1994 junior U.S. National Champion. In 1995, at the age of 13½, she became the youngest gymnast to win the senior all-around title at the U.S. National Championships. She was the youngest member of both the 1995 World Championships team and the gold medal-winning 1996 Olympic squad, the Magnificent Seven, and was popular with both the public and gymnastics fans.
Moceanu's last major success in gymnastics was the 1998 Goodwill Games, where she became the only American to win the all-around gold medal. Family issues, coaching changes, and injuries derailed her efforts to participate in the Sydney Olympics, and she retired in 2000. Since then, she has continued to participate in gymnastics exhibitions, work as a coach, and pursue her post-secondary studies. She is currently married and a mother of two.
In late 1998, Moceanu left home and sued for legal emancipation from her parents in order to regain control of the money she had earned as a professional gymnast. In the resulting court case and television interviews, she stated that her father had squandered her sizable earnings and had an abusive, controlling nature. The court approved her petition for emancipation and control of her finances. Jere Longman, New York Times, December 1, 1998 She eventually reconciled with both of her parents.
Moceanu graduated in May 2009 with a business management degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also coaches part-time at Gymnastics World in the Cleveland suburb of Broadview Heights and conducts clinics and private lessons around the country. Jennifer Parris, Celebrity Baby Blog, 2007
On November 4, 2006 in Houston, Texas, Moceanu married long-time boyfriend, podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales, a former Ohio State gymnast. On December 25, 2007, Moceanu gave birth to a daughter, Carmen Noel Canales. Her second child, a son named Vincent Michael Canales, was born on March 13, 2009.
In her book Off Balance, Moceanu shares that she had a younger sister, the aforementioned Jennifer Bricker, who was born without legs and who was placed for adoption at birth. Bricker, despite having no legs, is an acrobat and aerialist who idolized Dominique before finding out they were sisters.Video, requires flash
Early career and the Magnificent Seven
Moceanu was born in Hollywood, California to Romanian parents Dumitru (1954–2008), and Camelia (née: Staicu) (b. 1961). She also has two younger sisters, Jennifer (given up for adoption at birth and raised Jennifer Bricker), born October 1, 1987, and Christina, born on August 24, 1989. Her parents, who had both been gymnasts in their native Romania, had early aspirations for her gymnastics career: while she was still a young toddler, they tested her strength by allowing her to hang from a clothesline. New York Times, August 17, 1995 Moceanu was raised Romanian Orthodox by her devout mother. Her faith figured prominently in her career as a gymnast. She said, "...it definitely helped me as an athlete to have [rosaries and prayer booklets] in my bag and feel safe."
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