|Competitor for United States|
|Women's Artistic Gymnastics|
|Gold||1996 Atlanta||Team competition|
|Bronze||1992 Barcelona||Team competition|
Kerri Allyson Strug (born November 19, 1977) is an American gymnast from Tucson, Arizona. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Gymnastics has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an International At the 1996 Summer Olympics, two different Gymnastics disciplines were contested Artistic gymnastics and Rhythmic gymnastics. The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Barcelona, Gymnastics at the 1992 Summer Olympics was represented by two different Gymnastics disciplines Artistic gymnastics and Rhythmic gymnastics. Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Gymnastics is a Sport involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength agility and coordination Tucson (ˈtuːsɒn is the seat of Pima County Arizona, United States, located 118 miles (188 km) southeast
Strug was trained by the legendary coach Bela Karolyi, and joined the United States National Team in 1991. Béla Károlyi (born September 13 1942 is a world-renowned Gymnastics coach The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. In 1992, at age 14, she won a team bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics, at which she was the youngest member of the entire U. Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Barcelona ( Catalan bəɾsəˈlonə Spanish baɾθeˈlona is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games S. team. Karolyi retired from coaching after the 1992 Games, leaving Strug to decide whether to continue or quit gymnastics. During this time, she switched gyms multiple times. Shortly after Karolyi's retirement, Kerri moved to Dynamo to train under the coaching of Steve Nunno, where she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. At the 1993 Nationals, Kerri placed 3rd in the all-around, 2nd on the uneven bars, and 3rd on floor exercise. She completed a soon-to-be-popular vault, the Yurchenko 1/2), however, she had a weak second vault and did not medal in that event. After this competition, Strug left Dynamo to train at Forster Gymnastics in Colorado.
1994 was supposed to be her comeback year, but at the U. Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) S. Classic in Palm Springs, California she had a disaster on the uneven bars. Palm Springs is a desert city in Riverside County, California, approximately 111 miles (177 km east of Los Angeles and 136 miles (225 km northeast of While performing the compulsory uneven bars set (a giant to front giant to low bar catch) she pinged off the bar, subsequently releasing too early to be able to make the transition to low bar. She lost control and flew off the high bar backwards, landing in a twisted position on her side beneath the low bar. She curled up on the mat, gasping and struggling to breathe from the pain, and was carried out of the gym on a stretcher and was taken to Desert Regional Hospital. The injury turned out to be a badly pulled back muscle, which required extensive rehabilitation; amazingly, she recovered in time for the 1994 World Championships. There, she looked better than ever on the floor exercise with a powerful double layout mount and a full twisting double back. At the 1995 Nationals, Strug placed 5th in the AA and came in 3rd on the UB. Kerri gave an impressive display at the 1995 World Team Trials, especially on FX. At the 1995 World Championships, she was a member of the bronze medal-winning U. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 S. team, and she placed 7th in the AA. Her floor exercise was by far the most improved routine of the four.
1996 was the best year for Kerri. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Karolyi came out of retirement, and Kerri returned to his gym to prepare for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an International Kerri's most impressive moment was arguably her win at the 1996 American Cup. She dominated the competition in the AA by almost 0. 5 points, which was a huge margin under the old scoring system. She also placed 1st on FX and BB and 2nd on V and UB in the event finals. At the 1996 U. S. Nationals, Kerri placed 5th in the AA and came in 2nd on both vault and floor. Her momentum was building, and she had finally escaped from the shadow of world-famous gymnasts like Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskal, and Dominique Moceanu. Magnificent Seven (gymnastics Shannon Lee Miller (born March 10 1977 in Rolla, Missouri, United States is a former artistic gymnast from Edmond Kimberly Lynn Zmeskal Burdette (born February 6, 1976 in Houston Texas) is a retired American gymnast, having held the titles of world Magnificent Seven (gymnastics Dominique Helena Moceanu (born September 30 1981 in Hollywood California) is an American Gymnast of Romanian descent Kerri's time had come.
Her shining moment came during these Games, as a member of the U. S. women's team, often referred to as the Magnificent 7 for their talent and depth. The Magnificent Seven is the name given to the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team that won the first ever Gold Medal for the United States in After compulsories, Kerri was ranked 9th overall and had placed high enough to qualify herself for the all-around. She posted the second highest score on floor exercise (second to Lilia Podkopayeva) and 4th highest on vault, and would qualify her for event finals in her two strongest events. Lilia Alexandrovna Podkopayeva (Лилия Александровна Подкопаева Лілія Олександрівна Подкопаєва alternative transliteration In the team competition, an event dominated by the Russians for decades and never won by the United States, the U. S. and Russian teams battled neck and neck. The Russians came into the team competition with a very narrow lead, but the U. S. had the benefit of being on their home turf. The event came down to the final rotation on the final day of the team competition, July 23.
With a record 40,000 spectators packed into the Georgia Dome for an early afternoon meet (held at that hour to comply with requests of the European Broadcast Union), the United States turned in a nearly flawless performance that had the seemingly invincible Russians on the brink of defeat. The Georgia Dome is a domed stadium located in Atlanta Georgia that is owned and operated by the State of Georgia In the final rotation, the U. S. women had already achieved a convincing victory due to their wide margin over the Russian team, but those on the floor believed that the U. S. team still needed a single good score on the vault to win gold. But Strug’s teammate Dominique Moceanu fell on both of her vaults, registering poor scores. Magnificent Seven (gymnastics Dominique Helena Moceanu (born September 30 1981 in Hollywood California) is an American Gymnast of Romanian descent Strug, who up to that point in her career had been overshadowed by better-known teammate Shannon Miller, was the last to vault for the United States. Magnificent Seven (gymnastics Shannon Lee Miller (born March 10 1977 in Rolla, Missouri, United States is a former artistic gymnast from Edmond
Like Moceanu, Strug fell on her first attempt, and stood up, shaking out her ankle, which she had wrenched in her fall. She limped to the end of the runway for her second attempt. In a moment that would become one of the most famous of those Olympic Games, she landed the vault perfectly on one foot, sealing the women's team gold with a lofty score of 9. 712. Strug raised her arms after her vault, saluting the judges, hopped around and raised them again, then collapsed in agony to the mat, grasping her ankle. She was helped off, to thunderous applause from the home crowd. Karolyi carried her onto the podium to join her team for the medal ceremony, after which she was treated at a hospital for a broken ankle. Due to her injury, she was unable to compete in the individual all-around competition and event finals, despite having qualified for both.
Strug became a national sports hero for her courageous finish, visiting President Bill Clinton, appearing at various television talk shows, making the cover of Sports Illustrated and appearing on a Wheaties cereal box with other team members. Sport is an Activity that is governed by a set of rules or Customs and often engaged in competitively William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Sports Illustrated is an American Sports Magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. Wheaties, a wheat and bran mixture baked into flakes is a Breakfast cereal introduced in 1924 and marketed by the General ESPN's "This is SportsCenter" ad campaign poked good-natured fun at her injury with two ads featuring various ESPN workers carrying her around. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to This is SportsCenter is the name of a series of comical television commercials run by ESPN to promote their SportsCenter sports news show Her injury was also used in a "Weekend Update" bit on SNL. Norm McDonanld did an interview with her and her "twin bother" "Kippy" (played by Chris Kattan). Kippy stated he was so excited at the Olympics, he "said a little prayer" for Kerri each time she was at the vault. At the end of the interview, Mark McKinney as Bela Karolyi comes from behind the scene and picks up Kerri and implores Kippy to get up too. The humor in the bit is that all Kippy is doing is trying to get out of his chair, but he hurts his ankle. He finally does, but walks away with a severe limp.
Following the media uproar over Kerri's fight to win the team gold, there was controversy concerning her need to have vaulted a second time. According to the final team results , the U. S. could still have won the team gold if Kerri had not vaulted. Unfortunately, the Russians still had one performance left (Rosa Galieva), but Kerri decided to vault in an effort to clinch the gold for the U. S. team.
What could have been for Strug at the Centennial Olympic Games remains unanswered. Strug qualified first into the floor event final and likely could have medaled in the event. Had Strug not withdrawn from further competition, her teammate Dominique Dawes never would have had the opportunity to replace Strug and win the Olympic bronze on the floor. Dominique Margaux Dawes (born November 20, 1976, in Silver Spring Maryland) is a retired United States artistic gymnast.
Shortly after her feat, Strug participated in the Ice Capades and Disney's World On Ice, then announced her retirement and enrolled in UCLA where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. The Ice Capades was a traveling entertainment show featuring theatrical performances involving Ice skating. The University of California Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Westwood Los Angeles, California, United Kappa Alpha Theta ( ΚΑΘ) is an international women's fraternity founded on January 27, 1870 at DePauw University. As a professional, she could not compete in NCAA gymnastics events, so she worked for a time as team manager instead, a behind the scenes role. She later transferred to Stanford University. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in
After graduation, Strug worked as an elementary school teacher in the San Francisco area before moving to Washington, DC in 2003. See also Primary education An elementary school is an institution where children receive the first stage of Compulsory education known as elementary The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D One of the schools she worked at was Tom Matsumoto Elementary School for a year.
She worked as a staff assistant with the U. S. Office of Presidential Student Correspondence, moved to a job at the Office of the General Counsel in the Treasury Department, and in March 2005, joined the Justice department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention staff as a presidential appointee. The United States Department of the Treasury is a Cabinet department and the Treasury of the United States government. For animal rights group see Justice Department (JD The United States Department of Justice ( DOJ) is a Cabinet department Strug has also been an active marathon runner, having run marathons in Houston, New York, Boston and Chicago.
During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Strug was a correspondent for Yahoo! in artistic gymnastics. The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, was an International Multi-sport event which was celebrated Athens (ˈæθənz Αθήνα Athina,) the Capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery as one of the world's In 2008, she appeared in a televison commercial for the Zaxby's restaurant chain. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Zaxby's is a franchised chain of Fast casual restaurants that operates primarily in the Southeastern United States. A restaurant is a retail establishment that serves prepared Food to Customers.