"Helena" Moceanu is born on September 30 in Hollywood, California
When Dominique was just 6 months old, her father had her hold onto a clothes line to test her strength. Dominique held on until it broke! This was an early sign to show her strength in becoming a gymnast.
1983:Dominique and her family relocate to Highland Park, Illinois, near Chicago. Later, between the ages of 3 and 4, her parents enroll her in a local gymnastics club
1985:Her father, Dimitry, contacts Bela Karoli at his gym in Houston and inquires about putting Dominique in his classes, but Bela tells him to wait until age 9 or 10.
1987:Dominique moves to Tampa, Florida and enrolls at LaFleur's Gymnastics where she continues to train
1989:On August 24, Dominique's sister, Christina, is born Click Here to see a picture of Christina!!
1991:After Dominique turns 10, she moves to Houston. She tells her father that she wishes to train at Karolyi's while watching a gymnastics program. Her father replies "Okay. We will go!" and on December 18, she arrives for her first session.
1992:Only seven months after beginning her training at Karolyi's, she qualifies for the Junior National team and medals at the 1992 Junior Nationals-the youngest junior qualifier to ever do so (age 10).
1993:Dominique compete's in the Junior National Championships, but does not medal. She finishes 7th all-around.
1994:Dominique win's the Junior National Championships which is her first all-around title.
1995:Dominique becomes the youngest in U.S. history to win the Senior National Championships and is the only gymnast who has went from a junior title to a senior title in just one year!! At the World Championships in Sabae, Japan, Dominique wins a silver medal on the balance beam and gets fifth all-around, which was the best finish for an American.
the 1996 Summer Olympics, Dominique does not win any individual medals,
ut she does help her teamates to the first ever, women's gymnastics team gold medal in U.S. history!!!