She was born without legs.
Later on, she was placed for adoption.
Two life-changing events that would leave most of us hopeless.
But, Jen Bricker was different.
She said, “I played softball, volleyball, and basketball with no wheelchair or prosthetics. At the time, I didn’t think it was out of the norm. I didn’t think it was amazing. I didn’t understand why everyone thought it was amazing. To me, I was just doing what I loved and what I was good at.”
Out of all of the sports, it was gymnastics that took her to places she had never been to before.
It was gymnastics that revealed one of the biggest secrets in her life.
She said, “I grew up in Southern Illinois. There really wasn’t much diversity… Nobody looked like me, and certainly, no one was Romanian… So, when I saw her, not only did she look like me, which no one looked like me, but she was Romanian, and she was doing my favorite sport.”