All rights reserved. Moceanu said her emancipation, while painful, was necessary to gain control of not just her money but her life. It also allowed her to escape the rigorous pressures of training and to get back to approaching gymnastics in a healthy way, she said. Dominique Moceanu Slideshow Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the celebrated "Magnificent 7" gymnasts who won the team gold at the Olympic Games.
Dominique Moceanu is remembered as the youngest gymnast on the iconic U. Olympic team that won gold in Atlanta. But her second act in the sport has been just as impactful. Her role in breaking an industrywide silence about the abusive methods of longtime coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi later led her to a central role in supporting the survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. Moceanu later detailed her experiences in a memoir.
She was a member of the gold-medal-winning United States women's gymnastics team the " Magnificent Seven " at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She was the all-around silver medalist at the Junior Pan American Games and the junior national champion. National Championships. Moceanu's last major success in gymnastics was at the Goodwill Games , where she became the first American to win the all-around gold medal.
The Olympic gold medalist and national champion was about to talk about her experiences as an elite gymnast training with Martha and Bela Karolyi. And they did. For most of the next decade, Moceanu said, she lost sponsorships and other income opportunities. And she was personally attacked, both on social media and in private communications, by members of the gymnastics community.