Off Balance vividly describes each of the domineering characters who contributed to Moceanu’s rise to the top, from her stubborn father and long-suffering mother to her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi. 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 heartbreaking public battle with her parents.
But more than a decade after she won gold at the U.S. Olympics, when she was nine months pregnant with her first child, Moceanu got a letter out of the blue that turned everything she thought she knew about her family and her world upside down. She learns she has a second sister, born with a physical disability and given away at birth, who has nonetheless followed a remarkably similar path. Ultimately, Moceanu must find a way to embrace her new family and accept her past in order to reclaim her life and the sport she loves.
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When you have traveled the world, won Olympic gold, and gone through a very public court battle against your parents all by the age of seventeen, surprises don’t come easy. Discovering my sister Jennifer, though—that was a surprise.
On December 10, 2007, I found out that I had a second sister. I was nine months pregnant and about to take my college semester finals. With swollen feet and body parts bigger than I had ever imagined possible, I couldn’t even squeeze into a school desk anymore. But earning a college degree was a promise I had made to... see more