While we were talking with Jennie and Dominique, Hilary Grivich
stopped by to help, and added a few comments of her own ...
IG: Do you get nervous in competitions?
Dominique Moceanu: Not anymore, not really.
Jennie Thompson: I used to. I used to be really bad.
IG: Tell us about Brazil.
JT: It was pretty cool.
DM: It was cool, except I didn't know how to speak it (Portuguese).
The food was really good. They had rice and this meet stuff ...
JT: They had the same thing every day.
DM: Not every day, but pretty much every day. They had a weird
pizza ... it was sick. Me and Jen were about to barf.
(Jennie recalls people milling about on the competition floor, walking
on the runway as she ran for her first vault.)
IG: Have you had any serious injuries?
DM: I've had tendinitis in my knee, not bad, something in my
wrists ... growth plate.
JT: I dislocated my elbow (Sept. '91). I cracked my ankle, that's
DM: My hamstring's kinda tight ... I haven't broken a bone.
IG: What's the most fun and least fun about gymnastics?
JT: Getting yelled at?
IG: That's the best part?
JT: When I'm doing good. (Dominique agrees.)
IG: What's the hardest for you?
DM: Flexibility -- I'm so tight. She sits right next to me and
like -- boom. "I don't want to look at you anymore."
IG: Are you afraid of your coach?
Both: (Softly) No.
IG: What about Bela?
Hilary Grivich: Yeah, you were. When you came to our group (spring
'92) you were like (makes big eyes). He would yell at me, and you
guys'd be like, "oooooh."
(This leads to joking about getting kicked out, yelled at and the
funny things coaches say ...)
DM: (to Jennie) You just walked into the gym. "Get out."
HG: I was like, "That was a short workout."
DM: That was the best workout I've ever had.
JT: I was walking to the beam, [Bela] kicked me out. I didn't
do anything. Walking to beam.
HG: 'Cause you were last out of the locker room. We couldn't
be last out of the locker room.
JT: I had to find my tape. I wasn't that far behind.
HG: I remember when you first came in, he was yelling at you
guys, and me and Betty were like, "Yell at us! They're just little
kids. Yell at me."
DM: I was like, "What am I do doing? What am I doing wrong?
I don't know why you're yelling at me." (Giggles)
JT: You tell me. You're the coach.
HG: He used to yell some funny stuff, man, and it'd be really
hard not to laugh (Makes trying-not-to-laugh faces.) ... Martha wanted
me to like loosen up (on compulsory beam), and she's like, "You look
like a ro-BAHT. RO-boat. RO-bot?" ... We had this beam coach ... (she'd
say) "Why don't you take up underwater basket weaving?!"
JT: Dominique is so funny. She's like, "He is so mean to
me!" and then he kicks her out. She's like "I wanna do bars!"
DM: (interrupting) I know.
JT: "I'll give you a second chance then." No fair!
HG: (to Dominique) You're just like Kim, whenever he would kick
her out. She would just stand there and be like, "No. No -- I wanna
stay." I'd be like, "Bye."
IG: What are your goals for the Olympics? You want to win?