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Twenty years ago, the 1996 Olympic team became the first U.S. womens gymnastics team to win Olympic gold. Dubbed The Magnificent 7, Dominique Moceanu, at age 14, was the youngest member of the team -- and is still the youngest Olympic champion in U.S. gymnastics history. Moceanu has been outspoken about both her positive and negative experiences in the sport, even detailing alleged instances of abuse from her coaches, Bela and Martha Karolyi, in a 2013 memoir titled Off Balance. We caught up with Moceanu to find out what she remembers best from Atlanta, what shes up to now -- and to get her thoughts on the current national team training program.My life has changed so much from that 14-year-old little girl at the Olympic Games. I released a New York Times best-selling memoir; I got married in 2006; I have two beautiful children that came a year and two years after. I also started a jewelry business that I love, and I do motivational speaking. I want to spread the message that even if bad things have happened to you -- and Ive had many things that have tested me through my life -- you can still be a good person. You can still speak your truths, even if others disagree.I feel like I found my voice in the past 20 years. Im now my honest self and being who I choose to be, not who others want me to be. In gymnastics we were always told who to be, what to eat, how to look, what were supposed to say -- and that doesnt really allow a person to evolve. It stunts you socially. Im past that now.Being a mom has been my No. 1 job and my favorite job. Carmen is 8 years old, and Vincent is 7. Carmen is our artist, and she thinks differently than most other people -- shes really into abstract art. Its pretty cool. Vincent is our baby. He is our little gymnast. I may be biased, but I try to remove myself as his mom and judge him based on other kids his age, and hes truly a child prodigy. Even more than I was, in a lot of ways. I look at him, and hes basically got the whole package. Hes got the determination, the will to win, the fighter instinct and the belief in himself.He says, I want to win more medals than you, Mom. I tell him, OK, one gold medal is hard, but go for it. Im all for you accomplishing big things, as big as your imagination can take you. Theres enough people in life who are going to shut their dreams down, so Im going to tell my children what they can do.If it was my daughter, it would give me pause to have her go into gymnastics seriously. But I feel like its a different world on the mens side. Its more self-driven. And my son loves it so much that I have no choice. I marvel at how much he loves it, and I think maybe he can experience the true joys of the sport because we can protect him. And we wont let people be cruel to him -- his mom and dad know better.Just like Tiger Woods dad saw it for him, and Serena and Venus Williams dad saw it for them, we see that potential for Vincent. Its nerve-wracking, but its exciting. But right now, hes just a kid. I dont get too nervous when I watch him, because if he messes up, it doesnt matter. There is time enough for that. I try to let the coaches do their thing. Im not afraid to speak up, but I try not to do it.I have concerns about the national training camp system that the elite gymnasts go through now.?Its too taxing on both the body and the mind, and its a lot of pressure. And Im not saying we dont need some of that, but doing it every month is too much.Now, the national team staff will argue that the U.S. has been so successful, but right now, the U.S. can be successful anyway;?no one else in the world is competing with us. That argument kind of falls flat.Its not the magic of one person directing the camps and picking the teams. Its the sharing of ideas, and the fact that all of the other countries have collapsed and those coaches have come to the United States and shared their knowledge. Weve evolved. Those are the reasons were succeeding.I do like some things: Its good for the girls to build camaraderie and team spirit and get to know one another. We didnt have that opportunity in 1996, so I think thats good.I imagine [Nastia Liukins father and coach] Valeri Liukin is going to step into Marthas national team coordinator position. I think hes the logical conclusion to be next in line. He understands what these camps are about, so I believe there is a way that he can make it work.Id love to see a woman in that position, because I do like the female empowerment aspect, and I think a woman can offer something that perhaps a man cannot as far as understanding how the body matures and develops. Thats not necessarily the national team coordinators job, but if you do care about these kids, you care about every aspect of their lives. And thats just how I think about it. But I think Valeri would be a realistic option and that it makes sense.When I look back at Atlanta, some of my favorite memories have nothing to do with gymnastics. Meeting the Dream Team in basketball and having them want our autographs -- I thought that was so cool. And then when Shaquille ONeal lifted me up. I couldnt believe how tall they were.Also when Bruce Willis and Demi Moore threw a party for us at Planet Hollywood. We got escorted into it. I had just watched G.I. Jane that year, so I loved her. I thought she was the coolest tough girl. I told her I wanted to be like her.The 1996 team accomplished something that radically transformed gymnastics in the United States. Gymnasts and coaches began to believe that the U.S. could actually do this, and win the Olympics. Now they say, We definitely can win, and I think in a lot of ways we paved the way for that. To be a part of history -- to be a part of the first womens team to win Olympic gold ... the further distant I get, the more inspired I get by the remarkable women on my team. We had so much depth and diversity on our team, and women who went on to become doctors and lawyers and businesswomen. And when I look back, its hard to believe how young I was. Its almost hard to believe it happened. Sergei Bobrovsky Jersey . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days. Zac Dalpe Jersey .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. . 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In a statement Tuesday, Torontos Chris Xuereb is quoted as saying he has done nothing wrong since the Jamaicans hired him in May to provide massage therapy and nutritional help. Powell, the former 100-metre record holder, and Simpson, a three-time Olympic medallist , tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month. Their agent, Paul Doyle, contends something in the new supplements the sprinters were taking caused it and "Chris is the one that provided those." The email quotes Xuereb as saying he was disappointed the athletes are blaming him for their violations. "It is time the athletes took responsibility for their doping instead of looking around for a scapegoat, whether that person is their therapist, bartender or anyone else," says the email, which details Xuerebs relationship with the sprinters. "Athletes keep using the same story, which is to blame the scapegoat for their own wrongdoing." Earlier Tuesday, Italian police formally placed Powell, Simpson and Xuereb under criminal investigation for violating the countrys doping laws. The move came a day after Italian police confiscated unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel where the three were staying in the northeastern town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, following the athletes positive tests. Police told the AP the raids were executed after a tip from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Doyle said he and the sprinters worked in conjunction with WADA on the raid after becoming suspicious that Xuereb might have given them supplements laced with a banned substance. Doyle also said Powell and Simpson were aware of the impending raid, but Xuereb was kept out of the loop. "Asaffa and Sherone have been tested more than 100 times each through their career .dddddddddddd.. and never turned in a positive test," Doyle told the AP in a phone interview. "Now they change their supplements and the first time they get tested, they have a positive test? It has to be something in those new supplements that has caused it. Chris is the one that provided those. "Were not saying he did anything deliberate, but its in those supplements." In the email statement from Xuerebs account, he is quoted as saying he "did not provide any banned or illegal substances to Asafa Powell or Sherone Simpson." The statement says all the vitamins Xuereb provided to the sprinters were found to be legal by Italian police. "I do not know what these athletes were taking in addition to what I suggested to them," the statement said. "Although I suggested certain vitamins to these athletes, it is ultimately the athletes responsibility to accept or reject my suggestion. "Unfortunately, it appears that these athletes were not solely following my suggestions or WADAs guidelines. These guidelines are in place so all athletes can have a clean sport. Both athletes are clearly looking for a scapegoat. I am confident, and I have also spoken to researchers and the police, that I have done nothing wrong." Doyle said that while the sprinters had been led to believe everything they were taking was untainted, he and the athletes should have been more responsible about which supplements they used. "In hindsight, we shouldve been given a list, made sure we got a list," Doyle said. "The extent of what I did, I said to (Xuereb) in a text message, that all supplements have to be cleared by me first. He never cleared them with me. He did send them in an invoice that had the names of supplements in there that he had purchased. But that was it. I didnt have the ingredient list." 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