Olympian's secret sister opens up about living her dream

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Dominique Moceanu's Sister With No Legs Training to Be a Dancer


Olympian Dominique Moceanu's younger sister is ready for the dance floor. Jennifer Bricker is an acrobat and aerialist training heavily to become a dancer. That's impressive in its own right, but even more so when you factor in that the 27-year-old doesn't have legs.

Her sister, Dominique Moceanu, made headlines a few years back when she revealed Bricker's existence in her memoir. In 2012, Moceanu opened up to "20/20" about the "biggest bombshell" of her life. "I had this sister that was born who was given up for adoption, and I never knew it," she said.

Moceanu's parents gave Bricker up for adoption after she was born because they didn't want to bear the burden of a child with no legs.

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Olympian's secret sister opens up about living her dream
ATLANTA, UNITED STATES: Russian gold medalist Alexei Nemov (C) kisses Dominique Moceanu (R) of the US as gold medalist and teammate Shannon Miller looks on after an exhibition gala at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, 30 July. (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) AFP PHOTO/IOPP/Eric FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
29 Jul 1996: Dominique Moceanu of the USA flips on the balance bar during her routine at the Georgia Dome in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
UNIONDALE, UNITED STATES: Gold medalist Dominique Moceanu of the US Gymnastic Team wipes a tear during the medal ceremony at the conclusion of Women's all around individual competition at the 1998 Goodwill Games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY 19 July. Moceanu finished with in 1st place with a total score of 38.662. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 05: Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu samples the sushi at Axelle Fine Arts on Spring St. She was present to unveil a commenorative 1999 Special Olympics World Game painting by Fabienne Delacroix. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - JUNE 12: Dominique Moceanu promotes her new book 'Off Balance' at Bookends Bookstore on June 12, 2012 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
23 Jul 1996: Dominique Moceanu of the United States looks on during a gymnastics event at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
23 Jul 1996: Dominique Moceanu of the United States sticks a landing during a gymnastics event at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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Adopted by a family in Illinois, she spent much of her life playing sports and training as a gymnast and acrobat. She competed -- and won -- tumbling competitions.

Bricker said she always idolized Moceanu, and "wouldn't shut up about her" as a kid. At the time, she had no clue that her favorite gymnast was actually her sister. Bricker didn't find out the truth until she was 16 years old.

Now, the Daily Mail is reporting that Bricker is ready to take on her next big challenge ... dance. She says her dream is to be on a show like "Dancing with the Stars."

According to the site, Bricker is working regularly with a professional dancer on choreography, and she is relying heavily on her skills in the air.

"I use a wheelchair to get around, but I feel happiest performing acrobatic feats and hanging from silk threads," she said.

Jen Bricker says she's living her dream.

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