An Olympian in the Making

Competitive Highlights

1998
Goodwill Games, All-Around – Gold (Only American woman to win AA title-age 16)
U.S. Sr. National Championships, Floor – Bronze
U.S. Sr. National Championships, Vault – Gold
U.S. Sr. National Championships, Balance Beam – Gold
U.S. Sr. National Championships, All-Around – Bronze

1997
International Team Championships, Team – Silver
World Championships, Team Member and Team Captain

1996
Olympics, Team - Gold (Youngest Olympic champion in US Gymnastics history- age 14)
U.S. Sr. National Championships, All-Around – Bronze

1995
World Championships, Balance Beam – Silver
World Championships, Team – Bronze
U.S. Sr. National Championships, All-Around – Gold (Youngest ever at age 13)
U.S. Sr. National Championships, Floor– Silver
U.S. Sr. National Championships, Vault – Bronze

1994
U.S. Jr. National Championships, All-Around – Gold
U.S. Jr. National Championships, Vault – Gold
U.S. Jr. National Championships, Floor Exercise – Gold
U.S. Jr. National Championships, Uneven Bars – Bronze
U.S. Jr. National Championships, Balance Beam – Bronze

1992
U.S. Jr. National Championships, Balance Beam – Gold
Pan American Games, Junior Team Championships – Gold
Pan American Games, Junior All-Around – Silver
Pan American Games, Vault – Gold
Pan American Games, Floor – Gold
Pan American Games, Uneven Bars – Gold

Record Achievements

  • Youngest to win U.S. Jr. National Championships Gold Medal, Balance Beam (1992, Age 10)
  • Youngest to qualify for Pan American Games and win 4 gold medals (1992, Age 11)
  • Youngest to win U.S. Jr. All-Around Title at National Championships (1994, Age 12)
  • Youngest to win U.S. Sr. All-Around Title at National Championships (1995, Age 13)
  • Youngest and only American to win an individual medal at 1995 World Championships (1995, Age 14)
  • Youngest to win an Olympic Gold Medal for USA Women’s Gymnastics (1996, Age 14)
  • Only American woman in history to win the Goodwill Games All-Around title (1998, Age 16)

Special Recognition

  • Nominee, AAU Sullivan Award (1995)
  • USOC Sportswoman of the Month (April & September 1995)
  • Member of first Women’s team to be featured on the Wheaties Box (1996)
  • Youngest athlete ever on a Wheaties Box (1996)
  • Inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as member of the 1996 Olympic Team (1998)
  • Inducted into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame as member of the 1996 Olympic Team (2008)
  • Inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Off Balance becomes a New York Times Best Seller (2012)
  • Go-For-Gold Gymnasts book series is published by Disney*Hyperion (2012)

2017 Update

Dominique has been on a long and lonely journey seeking truth for over a decade with being only of the most vocal leading voices on the topic of abuse in gymnastics. It required many sacrifices to stand alone for many years on the subject (until recently). “Although at times a very lonely journey I always knew what I was doing was the right thing, I just wish many more folks saw it sooner. However, everything is now out in the open, and it has been fulfilling to be a part of a change in all youth sports for many years to come. Future generations of children will be much safer in sports due to the passing of the new legislation.”

On March 28, 2017, Dominique testified, with fellow gymnasts, in front of the United States Senate to help pass new legislation. On November 14, 2017, the United States Senate passed the legislative bill with bipartisan support..

What makes whistleblowers speak out while others stay silent about wrongdoing.  By Elizabeth Svoboda

Sen. Dianne Feinstein greeted 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu before she testified to a committee about sexual, emotional and physical abuse by USA Gymnastics on March 28. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein greeted 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu before she testified to a committee about sexual, emotional and physical abuse by USA Gymnastics on March 28. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

Photo Credits: International Gymnast Magazine/Dave Black


“From now on our young athletes can be safer than ever! Honored to have been a part of this journey with my fellow athletes! Senate passed S.534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act!”
— Dominique Moceanu, OLY
 
Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen looks on as Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic gymnastics gold medalist, testifies during the Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen looks on as Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic gymnastics gold medalist, testifies during the Senate hearing on Tuesday.