Dominique Moceanu, part of the 'Magnificent Seven' gymnasts who won gold at the 1996 Olympics, has revealed how she discovered her parents gave up for adoption a secret sister who had no legs.
Moceanu, now 30 and living in Cleveland, Ohio, only found out about her younger sister two decades later when the woman wrote to her to say she had learned her birth name was Moceanu.
'It was the biggest bombshell of my life,' Dominique Moceanu told ABC's 20/20. 'I had this sister that was born who was given up for adoption, and I never knew it.'
The gymnast had a famously fraught relationship with her parents, divorcing them when she was 17. She was also granted a restraining order against her father, after she accused him of stalking her.
But when the 20-year-old woman contacted her with a letter and photographs of herself just over five years ago, Moceanu contacted her parents with questions, ABC News reported.
Dimitry and Camelia Moceanu, who moved from their native Romania in the 1980s and had both been keen athletes, told her the baby girl was born the day after her sixth birthday
They added that the baby had medical problems that would require expensive care that they could not afford, so they gave her up for adoption. The woman confirmed this story.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu discovers her parents gave up secret sister without legs for adoption