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Kerri Strug          

Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics & Author

Kerri Strug is an Olympic Gold Medalist who earned nationwide stardom for her heroic efforts at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. After injuring her ankle on her first vault attempt, Strug needed to land her second and final vault in order to seal the victory over Russia for the team combined gymnastics gold medal. With millions of people watching, and two torn ligaments in her leg, Strug got the job done with a solid landing before collapsing to her hands and knees. She was carried to the award ceremony where she received her first gold medal. It was the first time the U.S. Gymnastics Team won gold.

Apart from her athletic accomplishments, Strug is a sought-after motivational speaker and an inductee of the Hall of Fame. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Social Psychology at Stanford University. She works for the United States Juvenile Justice Department and formerly worked at the White House in Student Correspondence. Strug is the mother of two children.

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Kerri Strug: 1996 Summer Olympics Vault 20th Anniversary
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What Olympic star Kerri Strug's been up to - Business Insider
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