Olympian's secret sister opens up about living her dream
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.
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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