Friday, August 3, 2012

the last book I ever read (Off Balance, excerpt two)

from Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu with Paul and Teri Williams:

Tata was ecstatic at the opportunity to have the most famous gymnastics coaches in the world coach his daughter. Mama later described how they were "swollen with pride" that the Karolyis had accepted their daughter to train with them. I figured if my parents truly believed it was the right thing to do, then I had to believe it, too. I was a kid who had just turned ten, after all. How much of an opinion could I really offer? I knew they wanted me to be an Olympic champion, and in their minds, they believed Bela and Marta Karolyi had the coaching and political power to help make it happen. They had coached the iconic Nadia Comaneci, also a Romanian, so my parents thought they would be a perfect fit for me. Why wouldn't they? On the surface it appeared to be the perfect move.

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