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by Dominique Moceanu
Dubbed the Magnificent Seven, the 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Gymnastics team was the first and only American women's team to take gold. The youngest member of the team, fourteen-year-old Dominique Moceanu, was also its public face, combining a pixie-ish appearance with an indomitable competitive drive. Her memoir captures the glory of her accomplishments -- but also reveals tensions behind the scenes between her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi, her Romanian immigrant parents, and a young girl who grew up too quickly. Further 1990s Olympic nostalgia can be found in Jack McCallum's Dream Team, which revists the arrival of Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and a squad of roundball immortals in Barcelona.
Also see Jeremy Schaap's five best list of books on the Olympics.