A Young Gymnast Idolizes An Olympic Gold Medalist, Finds Out She's Her Long-Lost Sister
The Magnificent Seven were a team of all-female athletes in the 1996 Summer Olympics. Among them was Dominique Moceanu, who, at just 14 years old, was the youngest member of the gold-medal-winning gymnastics team. Like most young girls in the '90s, Jennifer Bricker was inspired by Moceanu's highly publicized success. Unlike most young girls in the '90s, Bricker decided to actually do something with that inspiration: She trained and excelled in gymnastics, becoming the Illinois high school tumbling champion before competing in the AAU Junior Olympics. Today she's an accomplished acrobat and dancer, and has even performed with Britney Spears.
Did we mention that Jennifer Bricker was born without legs?
But can still kick your ass.
That's already some Grade A, free-range, organic schmaltz right there -- but we're not done yet: Bricker was put up for adoption by her Romanian immigrant parents, soon after birth. Moceanu was also born to Romanian immigrants, and this shared heritage was part of why Bricker felt such an innate connection to the famous gymnast. When she was 16, feeling she was mature enough to handle the knowledge, Bricker asked her adoptive mother for information regarding her biological parents. That's when she found out that her Romanian immigrant parents and Dominique Moceanu's Romanian immigrant parents were, in fact, the very same Romanian immigrants. The woman she had idolized her entire life was actually her biological sister.