Kerri Strug: U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast

April 26, 2010

U.S. Olympic gold medal gymnast Kerri Strug is all grown up and as of last weekend she is now a married woman. You can find out what Kerri has been up to since the 1996 Olympics that made her famous, plus see some pictures and a blast from the past video too.

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On Sunday Kerri Strug, who won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics, married attorney Robert Fischer in her hometown of Tuscon, Arizona. The newlyweds met through a mutual friend in Washington D.C. The couple had a Jewish ceremony with Christian traditions incorporated into it as well. Kerri is Jewish, Robert is Christian.

Kerri is best known for her infamous vault in 1996 when despite a seriously injured ankle she performed a phenomenal vault that clinched the gold for the U.S Women’s Gymnastic Team, which was known as the Magnificent 7 then. Her injury was due to her first vault when she under rotated her landing. Even though she was hurt it was necessary for Kerri to do a second vault in order for her team to win the gold. Kerri did an amazing vault where she briefly landed on both feet before hopping to her good foot. I remember watching this and it was unbelievable, seriously Kerri was awesome and boy could you tell she was hurt. She even needed help getting off the landing platform. It turned out Kerri had a third-degree lateral sprain and tendon damage. Because of the injury she could not compete in the individual all around competition even though she qualified. After the amazing courage she showed Strug became a national sports hero and in my book she always will be.

Thanks to her older sister Lisa’s love of gymnastics Kerri began competing in what was clearly the family sport at a young age. In 1992 Kerri joined the United States National Team and won a bronze medal in Barcelona. Kerri suffered a back injury in 1994 when a routine she was doing on the uneven bars went wrong, she released too early causing her to lose control and fly off the high bar backwards. Although her injury required extensive rehabilitation she did recover in time to participate in the 1994 World Championships.

Life after gymnastics has been good to Kerri. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a staff assistant with the U.S Office of Presidential Student Correspondence, worked at the Office of the General Counsel in the Treasury Department and the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Wow that is a pretty impressive but Strug has always kept herself involved in the sport that she has loved since she was a child. In fact during the 2004 games in Athens she was a correspondent for Yahoo!

Kerri Strug is a U.S. Olympic gold medalist and now a new wife. She certainly is no longer the girl we all knew in 1996 but I am feeling a little nostalgic so enjoy the below video of Kerri back in the day.

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Photos: Nelson

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