Dominique Moceanu Reflects on 96 Olympics

Olympian Dominique Moceanu has learned many lessons since winning gymnastics gold with the Magnificent Seven in 1996. Now she’s mom, a businesswoman, a John Carroll graduate.

Watch the interview here.

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“Sometimes I blink and I can’t believe that it’s been 20 years. When people say, ‘Oh, it’s our 20-year anniversary this year,’ people are like ’20 years?!’ I don’t feel that old. And it’s good.”

“14 years old, to be in the Olympics, was certainly something that was special, and for many reasons, I have so many mixed emotions about that time in my life,” she said. “Gymnastics was my outlet. Gymnastics was something I loved, and then it grew into something I wanted to make a future of. So then it became my job. Then I wanted to go the Olympics and win medals, so then it became really serious for me.”

“I think trust for a long time, and even to some degree now, but I know my inner circle so well, but for a while, trust was very difficult because I was too trusting when I was little,” she said. “I wasn’t even taught of the dangers of too much trust.”

“When I found my husband, it was a really, really great time to have him come into my life as far as being a partner in my life,” she said. “A lot of people were there for ulterior motives. He was the first one that I really gained trust with.”

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“I packed up my apartment, drove here, 23 hours straight from Houston to Cleveland, I was so scared to stop at a hotel by myself in the middle of the night, so I drove straight through. I just kept going,” she remembers. “The rest is kind of history, I’ve been here ever since, fifteen years now.”

“Gymnastics brought us together. Gymnastics brings my kids together. It’s like the circle of life, now back to this next generation,” said Moceanu.

“Our son has a tremendous passion, and he’s already years ahead of where I was at his age. And he’s only 7,” she said. “My husband and I are like, ‘Oh boy,’ we’re going to be in for a ride. But our main goal is to protect him. To keep him from burning out. To keep him healthy. To keep him longing for that passion and loving the sport all the way through.”


Where you’ll find her gold medal

“After 18 years of keeping my memorabilia and awards and trophies in storage, I have my Olympic gold medal in a nice trophy case that I created in my basement. I have all my awards there…I left a space for my husband, too, so that’s kind of our area of excellence. Our kids are looking at that, to what mommy and daddy accomplished in their lives and what they continue to accomplish.”

On her newest goal

“Life is really good. I’ve set some new physical goals this year. I’ve done workouts this year that I’ve never done before, really. I’ve started Tabata yoga, yoga beats, the barre, my flexibility, my mobility is coming back.”

On her jewelry business

“I want to empower women, but I also want to glam them up. Make them feel good about themselves. What better way than to offer jewelry as well and expand my brand? When I put my mind to something, there’s no looking back, it’s like ‘Okay, I’m going.’ Six months later, I was up and running with the business.”

Why she wrote her memoir, Off Balance

“I know, I always kind of laugh. I was 30 years old and I had a memoir of my life story. I’m like, that’s not really enough time. But I think I lived a couple lifetimes during that period… I wanted to tell people what actually happened in the most raw, and truest way that I could. And that to me was extremely important.”

How to find happiness

“Ultimately finding what fulfills you in life…because fulfillment you can equate to happiness. And I think, just having women believe that they are worth something. Worth a value. And only they can place that value on themselves and not believing what other people say you are.”

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