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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | August 20, 1995
NEW ORLEANS -- There was something anticlimactic about the event finals at the 1995 National Championships, especially for women's all-around champion Dominique Moceanu.Moceanu, who became the youngest female to win the national title in the 33-year history of the event, did not give a solid-gold performance last night at the Louisiana Superdome.In fact, she was shut out of a gold. And shaken.The 13-year-old took a frightening spill off the uneven bars, when she slipped on dismount, catapulted away from the high bar and skidded to her knees.
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By HOUSTON CHRONICLE | October 22, 1998
HOUSTON -- In 1996, 14-year-old Dominique Moceanu showed an inner strength that belied her age by refusing to let a stress fracture keep her from competing in the Olympics Games in Atlanta.But masked beneath her steely eyes, a different kind of stress was taking its toll.The pressure of being driven by her parents to be an Olympic athlete since she was 3 years old finally got to Moceanu. On Monday, at age 17, she filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston asking to be declared a legal adult so her parents would not have control over her -- or her money.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | April 29, 1995
FAIRFAX, Va. -- When she found herself in third place Thursday after the first night of the Visa Challenge gymnastics competition at the Patriot Center, Dominique Moceanu seemed disappointed."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1996
ATLANTA -- She couldn't call timeout.If Kerri Strug had been a basketball player, there would have been a trainer rushing on to the court and a chance to test her injured ankle. If she were a tennis player, she would have had 10 minutes to make a decision about whether to continue, as Boris Becker did this year with a wrist injury at Wimbledon.But Strug is a gymnast.There are no rules on the books, but there is a precedent to what Strug did here Tuesday night when she sprained her ankle on the first of two vaults, injured it even worse on her second, and was carried out of the Georgia Dome as America's latest Olympic hero.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | August 19, 1995
NEW ORLEANS -- Bela Karolyi said earlier this week that he preferred his latest prodigy, Dominique Moceanu, not win the all-around title in the 1995 National Championships here at the Louisiana Superdome.She would be too young.It would mean too much pressure.Karolyi didn't get his wish, because Moceanu also was too good.In an inspiring performance that many believe served as a preview for next summer's Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 13-year-old wunderkind from Houston won the women's competition last night to become the youngest female national champion in the 33-year history of the event.
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By HOUSTON CHRONICLE | October 22, 1998
HOUSTON -- In 1996, 14-year-old Dominique Moceanu showed an inner strength that belied her age by refusing to let a stress fracture keep her from competing in the Olympics Games in Atlanta.But masked beneath her steely eyes, a different kind of stress was taking its toll.The pressure of being driven by her parents to be an Olympic athlete since she was 3 years old finally got to Moceanu. On Monday, at age 17, she filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston asking to be declared a legal adult so her parents would not have control over her -- or her money.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1996
Dominique Moceanu is being hyped as the Mary Lou Retton/Nadia Comaneci of this year's Olympics. She won last summer's nationals at the age of 14, and turned in a solid, TC fifth-place performance in last year's world championships. Like Retton and Comaneci, she is coached by Bela Karolyi.But Moceanu may need dispensation from U.S. gymnastics officials if she is even to compete in Atlanta.Moceanu said yesterday that a 4-inch stress fracture in her right shin was discovered June 10, a few days after she finished third at the nationals.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 30, 1996
BOSTON -- Since the U.S. Olympic Trials concluded in Baltimore four years ago, officials for USA Gymnastics have tried to ensure that performance rather than politics would determine this year's outcome. By changing the selection process to prevent athletes injured before the trials from petitioning their way onto the women's team, they figured to have an equitable, if not quite airtight, system.But that was before Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu, perhaps the two biggest stars in American gymnastics, got hurt.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 1, 1996
BOSTON -- There were not many questions left to be answered in the women's optionals of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials last night.The fate of injured stars Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu had been decided after compulsories Friday, their places on the team of seven going to Atlanta later this month guaranteed. Four of the other five spots probably were locked up, too.But Dominique Dawes and Kerri Strug had an entirely different agenda. Despite being members of the 1992 team that won a bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain, Dawes and Strug had been in the shadows of Miller and Moceanu.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1996
ATLANTA -- Bela Karolyi found out about Dominique Moceanu's magic in the privacy of his Houston gym more than four years ago. There he saw his past, both in Romania and America, in an athlete who looked like Nadia Comaneci, smiled like Mary Lou Retton and worked like Kim Zmeskal."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1996
ATLANTA -- Kerri Strug batted leadoff for the U.S. women's gymnastics team during the first two rotations of yesterday's compulsories at the 1996 Olympic Games. Then she batted cleanup for the last two rotations. It was not only her versatility, but also her willingness to sacrifice personal gain for collective glory that summed up what turned into a wonderful afternoon for the Americans at the Georgia Dome.Strug, who at 14 was the youngest member of the 1992 team that won a bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain, set the tone with her first routine on the uneven bars and finished a nearly flawless performance by the Americans with her team's two highest scores.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1996
ATLANTA -- Bela Karolyi found out about Dominique Moceanu's magic in the privacy of his Houston gym more than four years ago. There he saw his past, both in Romania and America, in an athlete who looked like Nadia Comaneci, smiled like Mary Lou Retton and worked like Kim Zmeskal."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 1, 1996
BOSTON -- There were not many questions left to be answered in the women's optionals of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials last night.The fate of injured stars Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu had been decided after compulsories Friday, their places on the team of seven going to Atlanta later this month guaranteed. Four of the other five spots probably were locked up, too.But Dominique Dawes and Kerri Strug had an entirely different agenda. Despite being members of the 1992 team that won a bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain, Dawes and Strug had been in the shadows of Miller and Moceanu.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 30, 1996
BOSTON -- Since the U.S. Olympic Trials concluded in Baltimore four years ago, officials for USA Gymnastics have tried to ensure that performance rather than politics would determine this year's outcome. By changing the selection process to prevent athletes injured before the trials from petitioning their way onto the women's team, they figured to have an equitable, if not quite airtight, system.But that was before Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu, perhaps the two biggest stars in American gymnastics, got hurt.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1996
BOSTON -- Dominique Dawes came into the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials here at the FleetCenter a lot healthier and seemingly a lot happier than she's been since going up on the world's stage four years ago in Barcelona.The most recent and potentially serious injuries, stress fractures of her wrist and foot in the past year, have healed. The last goal of her career as a gymnast, making her second U.S. Olympic team, is in sight."I feel like I'm in control of what I do," Dawes said earlier this week.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
BOSTON -- The television cameras followed Dominique Moceanu's every move yesterday at the FleetCenter. From the press box where Moceanu and the other gymnasts here for the U.S. Olympic trials conducted an hour's worth of interviews to the floor of the mostly empty arena where Moceanu stretched and the others practiced for tonight's compulsory program.It seemed only fitting.It didn't matter that Moceanu wasn't competing in the trials because of a stress fracture in her right leg. If anything, her absence from the competition was a bigger story because it raised questions about her ability to perform at next month's Olympic Games and about the way the U.S. women's team is being selected.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | April 28, 1995
FAIRFAX, Va. -- She is tiny, even by the seemingly minuscule standards of a sport in which some of its smallest athletes often become the world's giants. She will be 14 in August, and barely looks 10.But there is something about Dominique Moceanu that seems different from many of those who have preceded her, those who have become champions as well as casualties in the sometimes tragic world of women's gymnastics.She sparkles.She bounces.She even smiles when's she's not supposed to."I don't fake smile," she said yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1996
BOSTON -- Dominique Dawes came into the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials here at the FleetCenter a lot healthier and seemingly a lot happier than she's been since going up on the world's stage four years ago in Barcelona.The most recent and potentially serious injuries, stress fractures of her wrist and foot in the past year, have healed. The last goal of her career as a gymnast, making her second U.S. Olympic team, is in sight."I feel like I'm in control of what I do," Dawes said earlier this week.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1996
BOSTON -- The 1996 U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials are very much two separate events. For the men, it's strictly about competition. For the women, it's mostly about politics.For the men, it was compulsory to show up at the FleetCenter beginning tonight. For the women, it seemed to be optional.When rising superstar Dominique Moceanu and former world champion Shannon Miller petitioned to let their all-around scores stand from the recent national championships in Knoxville, Tenn., to give their assorted injuries a chance to heal, the women's competition became little more than a floor exercise in futility for many of those vying for the seven spots.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1996
Dominique Moceanu is being hyped as the Mary Lou Retton/Nadia Comaneci of this year's Olympics. She won last summer's nationals at the age of 14, and turned in a solid, TC fifth-place performance in last year's world championships. Like Retton and Comaneci, she is coached by Bela Karolyi.But Moceanu may need dispensation from U.S. gymnastics officials if she is even to compete in Atlanta.Moceanu said yesterday that a 4-inch stress fracture in her right shin was discovered June 10, a few days after she finished third at the nationals.
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