As a child growing up in Illinois, Jen Bricker was an avid gymnast who idolized Olympic Gold medalist Dominique Moceanu, the phenom who made a splash as part of the gold medal-winning ‘Magnificent Seven’ women’s gymnastics team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. With Dominique as her inspiration, Jen followed her passion for power tumbling. She became an Illinois State Champion-despite having been born without legs, and placed for adoption as a newborn.
Jen was raised by her adoptive family to believe there was nothing she couldn’t do. It was that can-do mindset, coupled with hard work and determination, that led her to pursue a career as an acrobat and aerialist. Dominique came of age in a different setting, but was also instilled with a competitive spirit. The last gymnast to compete in the Olympic Games
at age 14, she became the youngest athlete ever to be featured on a Wheaties box, before going on to earn a gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games. Dominique would nab another seven medals at international events until retiring in 2000.
No amount of grit and fortitude could prepare them for the earth-shattering news they would learn as adults. In a strange twist of fate, Jen discovered her childhood hero, Dominique, was also her biological sister. Today, Jen and Dominique strive to inspire others to believe that, even when life throws you off balance, everything is possible with the right attitude and effort.
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