Dominique Moceanu Best Quotes

Dominique “Domi” Helena Moceanu is a retired American gymnast. She was a member of the Olympic Gold medal winning 1996 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team in Atlanta. Enjoy Dominique Moceanu’s best quotes below.

Dominique Moceanu
“My husband and I believe that if you treat a child well and nurture his talent and physical ability, in a healthy environment, the child will succeed no matter what.”
“Gymnastics was my calling. I think it chose me in a lot of ways.”
“I don’t mind sacrifice. I don’t mind discipline. But a good coach allows people to blossom. I’ve seen that. I didn’t have it.”
“I don’t think ethical people deal with intimidation as a method to achieve success. Undermining someone’s self-esteem isn’t a method to achieve success.”
“I learned to take those experiences that were difficult in my life and in the adversity that I had overcome to use it for a positive change.”
“I never, ever objected to hard work.”
“I have a secret sibling that I never knew existed and who was given up for adoption at birth by my parents, and she was born without legs.”
“I loved gymnastics. I was eager to compete. I was hungry to go out there and be the best in the world, and I had that determination.”
“Gymnastics is the greatest sport in the world, and one of the hardest, but we have to watch out for domineering male figures who try to belittle and scream at young girls.”
“I believe you can be young and compete in gymnastics if you have a coach who is looking out for you and if there is a good gym environment where the coaches are taking care of you emotionally and physically.”
“I was awkward-looking with huge brown eyes, dark brown, pencil-straight hair styled into an old-school Romanian bowl haircut from the 1980s. And I was very, very small. I was always the tiniest kid on my street and in my classes at school… The gym was the one place I didn’t have to worry about feeling awkward for being so petite.”
“In Romania, of course, gymnastics is among the most popular sports, and my parents had a dream of escaping the Ceausescu regime and giving their child a better life. So they came to the United States and put me in gymnastics.”
“I had this sister that was born who was given up for adoption, and I never knew it.”
“In the end, you have to forgive in order to heal and move forward with your life. For people who hurt you very deeply, you don’t have to forgive them for their sake but for your sake, so that you can move forward and have a healthier and happier life.”
“I can barely recall a single holiday when my father didn’t make a scene or create some kind of chaos. We were always walking on eggshells.”
“I was so afraid to make mistakes and get reprimanded by my coaches that the joy of the sport started slipping away.”
“I’d challenge myself to see how long I could go without a fall – on beam, I once went three weeks.”
“I certainly believe that having my husband be in my life has been a tremendous blessing.”
“I prayed a lot. That’s all I had in the gym; that was the thing I could turn to.”
“I was 26 years old when I found out that I had a sister who I never knew existed.”
“For as long as I can remember, my mother went to church every single Sunday. She was born and raised in Romania as a person with limited means, and faith was something she could rely on – something that was free.”
“I was able to represent my country and put on the red, white, and blue – how many people in the world get to do that? Standing on the podium with my teammates, and being the first women’s gymnastics team to win this gold medal, it was life-changing!”
“In football, you’re dealing with grown men. In gymnastics, you’re dealing with prepubescent teenage girls. There’s a huge difference. At that age, you’re not confident enough to have a voice.”
“My parents didn’t know anything about collegiate scholarships, so they had accepted the national team training stipend, the monthly stipend that I received after making the national team, so I was ineligible for NCAA eligibility anyway.”
“My parents, Romanian immigrants, struggled to provide me a better life than the ones they had left in their homeland. They worked hard to give me every opportunity in life, and once I showed natural talent as a young gymnast, they spent every last penny on my training.”

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