Thursday, August 17, 2006
  MOCEANU BLOCKED FROM COMPETING AT U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PR)

For Immediate Release

ST. PAUL--August 17, 2006--Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Dominique Moceanu will be present at the USA Gymnastics national championships in St. Paul this week, but she won’t be competing, despite an appeal to USAG to permit her to do so.

Moceanu will be on hand with her former Olympic teammates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Magnificent Seven's triumph in Atlanta. After bouncing back from surgery for Achilles tendonosis, participation at this year’s Team USA Training Camp, and a crowd-pleasing performance at US Classic last month, Moceanu had hoped to be given an opportunity to compete at Nationals this week, but lost her appeal to USA Gymnastic’s grievance panel last Thursday in a 2-1 vote and will not be allowed to participate.

"The bottom line is that I simply wanted to be given a chance to compete,” said Moceanu. “My coach Michael Canales and I had been notified that two specific criteria needed to be achieved to enable me to compete at Nationals – to attend a National Team Training Camp and to compete at the U.S. Classic meet on at least one event. I completed both of these criteria.”

Moceanu contends that despite complying with the requirements provided, she was nonetheless denied the right to compete at Nationals by the panel.

“I was not seeking any special favors,” she added. “I just requested what I believe I rightfully earned — a chance to compete fairly at Nationals. It's disappointing, but I am grateful to all of my fans and friends who have supported me with words of encouragement. I’m feeling strong and doing really well. I’ll be back."

Future public appearances for Moceanu include her participation in the Hilton Gymnastics/Ice Skating Show taping on October 28th in Portland for later national broadcast by NBC.

Moceanu said that despite her being blocked from competition at Nationals, she is looking forward to reuniting with her “Mag 7” teammates from the ’96 Games when they are celebrated at the event this weekend.

An audio recording of Moceanu’s and Canales’ actual verbal presentations before the USAG Grievance Committee is available as an MP3 file on Moceanu’s website, www.dominique-moceanu.com

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To receive more information or arrange an interview with Dominque Moceanu, please contact Paul Williams, MediaLine Communications, at 310/937-2009, or via medialine2@aol.com. 







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