Where is Kerri Strug now? A look at life and career of Olympics gymnastics star since 1996 Summer Games
She burned her name into Olympic lore with an injured ankle and a jump.
Kerri Strug turned down on her first try, injuring her ankle and leaving a 9.2 score on the board, which was not clear at the time that it would be enough to win gold. But she was the last US gymnast who could turn the tide with a second try.
Preparing to repeat the same jump, she sprinted, twisted, and darted through the air, landing on landing, instantly pulling up her injured leg. Her score of 9,712 left no doubt that the US had won gold.
This moment, which is permanently anchored in the minds of the US audience, should be the first gold medal of the US women's gymnastics team to go down as a team.
DATE: 07/23/96 --- Bela Karolyi holds Kerri Strug after the US team won the gold medal in the team final in Atlanta on Tuesday. Strug injured his leg during a jump landing. ORG XMIT: UT24054
What has Strug been doing in Atlanta since that moment?
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Which Olympic Games did Strug last take part in?
Shortly after the 1996 Olympics, Strug retired and enrolled at UCLA. As a professional, she could not compete for the school's gymnastics team and worked as a team manager.
How many Olympic medals did Strug win?
Before winning gold in Atlanta, Strug and her team took bronze after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
How Strug became a gymnast
Strug started gymnastics at the age of 8, following in the footsteps of her older sister and brother. At 15, she was the youngest American in the Olympic squad in 1992.
What are Strug's other awards?
In addition to her Olympic success, Strug won three world championships. She won silver at the Indianapolis championships in 1991 and Dortmund in 1994 and bronze in 1995.
What is Strug doing now?
Upon retirement, Strug earned a master's degree in sociology from Stanford after moving from UCLA.
Later she was spokesperson for the Special Olympics and the Children's Miracle Network.
She is now involved in the community by working with parents, children and coaches across the country in various gymnastics camps and clubs. She was a Yahoo correspondent during the 2004 Olympics.
Strug is the author of two books and lives with her family in Washington, D.C ..
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Where to Follow Strug:
Instagram: @ kerristrug96
Twitter: @ kerristrug96
Contact Christian Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @unofficialchris.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kerri Strug: What has the Olympic star been doing since winning gold in 1996?
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