Wednesday, July 20, 2005
  ACHILLES INJURY TO KEEP MOCEANU AWAY FROM INDIANAPOLIS (INDIANAPOLIS STAR)

Achilles injury to keep Moceanu away from Indianapolis

The gymnastics comeback of Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu has been delayed by a familiar opponent -- injury.

She announced Tuesday night that she is withdrawing from Saturday's U.S. Classic at Virginia Beach, Va., because of an Achilles' injury. The Classic is a qualifying meet for the national championships at Indianapolis.

It was to be the first competition for Moceanu, 23, since 2000.

"The injury is not severe," she said in a statement. "However, since I am most concerned with longevity over the next several years of my gymnastics career, I do believe it is in my best interest to withdraw from the Classic, seek treatment and remain patient to ensure proper healing and a strong showing in 2006."

Moceanu was supposedly near the end of her career during the 1998 national championships at Market Square Arena.

Seven years later -- virtually an eternity in the sport -- she was trying to return for another nationals. The Visa Championships will be Aug. 10-13 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Moceanu, then 14, won a gold medal as part of the U.S. team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

At 5-3 and 125 pounds, she is 45 pounds heavier and nearly a foot taller than she was in 1996. 







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