Former American gymnast Dominique Moceanu shared a video recounting the horrific injury she suffered at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
The 39-year-old, who was part of the 1996 Olympics gold medal team, posted the video to Twitter in support of Simone Biles after she pulled out of several events at the Tokyo Games in order to focus on it. Mental Health.
Moceanu was only 14 when she fell and hit her head on the Atlanta beam. The child prodigy had been widely touted to win medals at those Olympics, but came to the Games with a stress fracture to his shin.
Although she missed the Olympic Trials due to injury, she ended up being selected based on her scores at the United States National Gymnastics Championships.
Moceanu had been the youngest gymnast to win the championships and represented the United States at the 1995 world championships.
This success propelled her into the media spotlight and made Moceanu one of the most famous gymnasts in the world, with the youngster co-writing an autobiography and appearing in Vanity Show before the Atlanta Games.
Although he was instrumental in the US team’s success for the gold medal, a heavily bandaged Moceanu struggled for much of the Games and suffered several falls.
While many of her issues may have been physical, she also entered games under an intense level of pressure and scrutiny similar to that placed on Biles.
Commenting alongside the video, Moceanu detailed the lack of care and consideration given to him during these Olympics and how Biles’ decision to step down signaled a positive change in the sport.
“I was 14 / a tibial stress fracture, left alone without cervical spine examination after this fall,” she wrote.
“I competed on Olympic soil a few minutes later.”
She supported Biles’ decision to withdraw from several events, writing that it “demonstrates that we have a say in our own health – a” word “that I NEVER felt I had as a Olympian. “
After posting the video, Moceanu said in a statement to News week: “Competing at such an elite and world-class level can have an impact on the mind and the body. Sometimes it’s easy for people to forget that even a GOAT athlete like Simone Biles is still a human being.
“In fact, I’m very proud of Simone and think she should be commended for taking care of herself and admitting that something was wrong, either mentally or physically. She bravely did. explained her situation to the media and why she felt the need to step back, step back and avoid hurting herself or costing herself or the team in any way.
What she did was actually very courageous and is a positive sign for the future of the sport. That she stayed and supported her team in other ways was nice to see and a sign of her strength of character.
“She finds new ways to be heroic and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of Simone as a competitor once she takes care of what she needs.”
Moceanu’s experience came during the same Olympics in which her teammate Kerri Shrug won the gold medal for the United States after performing the jump on a badly injured ankle.
Shrug’s efforts have been cited by many critics of Biles on social media following his multiple withdrawals.
However, what we often forget is the pressure she was put under by her trainer, Béla Károlyi, who could be heard on television saying to her: “Shake it! You can do it !
He was then filmed wearing her on the podium to collect her medal. It later emerged that Shrug had suffered a third degree lateral sprain and damage to the tendons.