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Moceanu, Dominique

Born: 1981 AD
Currently alive, at 37 years of age.
3.1 (61.82%) 11 votes

1981 – She was born on the 30th day of September this year in California, USA.


1992 – She began competing internationally at a young age, earning her first US National Team berth in 1992.


1994 – Under Károlyi’s tutelage, Moceanu became the US Junior National Champion in this year.


1995 – She repeated her success as a senior, becoming the youngest gymnast ever to win the US Championships. She was also the youngest member of the American team at the 1995 World Championships in Sabae, Japan. Moceanu did not disappoint, earning the highest American placement in the all-around competition and becoming the only American gymnast to win an individual medal, silver on the balance beam.


1996 – She was a member of the Olympic Gold medal winning 1996 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team in Atlanta (the "Magnificent 7").


1997 – Moceanu placed ninth at the 1997 US Nationals. She participated in this year’s  World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, leading a new and mostly inexperienced US team. She was elected team captain, and qualified for the all-around final, but the competition was not a positive experience for her.


1998 – By this year, however, she returned to top form. Under the tutelage of her new coach, Luminita Miscenco, she adjusted to a significant growth spurt. She was selected for the American team at the 1998 Goodwill Games, where she became the first, and only American to win the all-around title. She was in the news for another reason; she left home and sued for legal emancipation from her parents in order to regain control of the money she had earned as a gymnast.


2005 – After a five-year hiatus from elite gymnastics, Moceanu announced a return to competition in this year. However, injury kept her from competing in the 2005 Nationals. She remained committed to her comeback efforts, training on floor and vault.


2006 – In the summer of this year, she was invited to attend the USA Gymnastics national training camp. She also competed at the 2006 US Classic, where she performed decently on vault, successfully executing a full twisting Tsukahara vault. Moceanu was not able to qualify to the 2006 US National Championships. In the same year, she married long-time boyfriend and former Ohio State gymnast Dr. Michael Canales in Houston, Texas.

3.1 (61.82%) 11 votes