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Kerri Strug

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Eleanor Patrick

on 23 October 2012

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We didn't know much about Kerri Strug before we started watching the USA women's gymnastics and the summer 2012 olympics. Kerri Strug was one of them. Timeline After these Olympics, Strug moved to Edmond, Oklahoma to train with coach Steve Nunno. The life of an Olympian. Something only few people can live. We chose Kerri Strug because she was an inspiring gymnast, filled with endurance and strength. She also never gave up, and was able to win an Olympic gold medal with a third degree lateral sprain and tendon damage. 1991: Joined the USA Gymnastics National Team 1992: Won bronze medal at summer olympics 1977: Born on November 19 1995: Won bronze medal at the World Championships 1996: Won the American Cup 1996: Won the gold medal and the summer olympics 1996: Enrolled at UCLA 1998: Enrolled at Stanford University 2008: Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame 2008: Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Here is a timeline of her accomplishments 2003: Moved Washington D.C. At the age of eight, Strug began training with coach Jim Gault until 1991, when she went to train with coach Bela Karolyi. During some of the commercials for the Olympics, there was a tape of Kerri Strug's amazing vault. When she turned fourteen, she went to the Barcelona Olympic Games and won a bronze medal in the team performance. She was the youngest American gymnast to win a medal at theses games. Four years later, Strug participated at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where she was part of the American team often referred to as the Magnificent Seven. Kerri Strug was the Americans last hope. She needed not only to perform her vault correctly, but stick the landing as well. With her first vault, Strug fell, leaving her with a damaged ankle. Luckily, the Russian gymnast scored low on her vault, too. With motivation from her coach, Strug limped to the runway, and prepared to vault. She knew the importance of her performance. While Strug preformed exceptionally on the floor exercise, the Russian team was doing just as well. Going into the final rotation, USA only had a .8 lead over the Russians. It all came down to the final event, vault. With the Americans barely holding the lead, it was extremely important for the Americans to do good in this event. While the Americans were able to vault great, no one on the team was able to land them correctly. Strugs teammate, Dominique Moceanu, even fell on her landing - twice. However, in order to win her team the gold, Strug needed to land her last and final vault. With her damaged ankle, though, no one expected her to be able to land it. Strug began to run down the runway, using her bad foot to the best of its abilities. She sprang off the springboard, completed two full spins, and landed on one foot. With her vault, Strug was able to win her team the gold medal. She was famously known for carried to the podium by her coach. Famous photo of Kerri Strug Kerri Strug has inspired many people around the world. She has taught them not only about gymnastics, but about never giving up, even when times are tough Many Olympic Gymnasts have continued Strugs mission, including the recent Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney. Maroney performed an almost perfect vault at this years Olympics, helping her team win gold. Thank you for watching, and I hope you learned something knew about the path of an Olympian.
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