Vaulting into Discord

One of America's top female gymnasts runs away from home and sues her parents for divorce

Dumitru and Camelia Moceanu had the greatest of expectations for their daughter Dominique--even before she was born. The Romanian gymnasts, who had defected to the U.S. during the cold war, made a pact that their first-born would follow in their footsteps--even if they had to "just drink water and eat bread." Dumitru had his baby girl hanging by her hands from a clothesline at six months and tumbling in her first gymnastics class at age three. It paid off. Soon after her 10th birthday, they left their jobs in Tampa, Fla.--Camelia worked in a hair salon, Dumitru as a used-car dealer--to...

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