In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Dominique Moceanu. Olympic gymnast, gold medalist, member of the 1996 Magnificent 7 gymnastics team, and entrepreneur.
It is difficult to hear the name Moceanu and not be overwhelmed with pride for this great country. As the daughter of 2 Romanian immigrants, Dominique came to America with her family in the hopes of a better life. At a very young age, Dominique showed great aptitude in the sport of gymnastics and was quickly propelled down the path of an Olympian. While Dominique’s story is extremely inspiring and moving, it is also very real. It allows a glimpse into the world of competitive gymnastics…not the romanticized loving dynamic that we witness on television, where we only see the good stuff, I mean the reality of what it takes to become the powerhouse that Dominique was. While her journey was hard fought and was achieved through her determination, the coaches she had as well as her own family were enough to almost derail her from her path countless times. But she endured. Dominique never faltered, fighting through serious injuries, constant mental strife, becoming emancipated from her parents at just 17-years-old, and even later in her life discovering that she had a sister she never even knew about, Dominique was a part of one of the most monumental moments in sports history.
This interview with Dominique allowed me the chance to speak with one of my childhood idols. I am so grateful for the chance to have spoken with her and am honored to help tell her story. I hope that you enjoy my interview with the international gymnastics legend, Dominique Moceanu.
If you would like to learn more about Dominique and the Magnificent 7, you can visit http://www.dominique-moceanu.com/ and read her memoir Off Balance.
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.