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Kerri Strug

Full name: Kerri Allyson Strug (-Fischer)
Gender: Female
Height: 4-7.5 (142 cm)
Weight: 82 lbs (37 kg)
Born: November 19, 1977 in Tucson, Arizona, United States
Affiliations: Karolyi Gym
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Kerri Strug was far from the greatest ever American female gymnast, but she may be the best remembered for one vault she did at the 1996 Olympics. With the USA challenging for the team gold medal, they had only a narrow lead over Russia and Romania going into the final rotation, with Strug scheduled for the horse vault. Strug was a vault specialist, but she landed poorly on her first attempt, and also injured her left ankle. She was not sure she could make another vault, but after consulting with her coaches, bravely decided to attempt it. Strug took the final vault, landed, hopped slightly on her one good leg, but otherwise was clean, and scored a 9.712, clinching the gold medal for the US. Unfortunately, the story was better than the reality. Without Strug taking the final vault, the US would still have won the competition by 0.309 points.

Strug also competed at the 1992 Olympics, helping the USA win a team bronze medal. At Atlanta in 1996, she had qualified first on the floor, but could not compete in the final because of her injured ankle. Strug also won three medals at the World Championships, all in the team event, with silvers in 1991 and 1994, and a bronze in 1995.

Strug was a media darling after her Atlanta vault on the injured ankle. She appeared on talk shows and earned numerous endorsements, actually performing in the Ice Capades and Disney’s World on Ice. However, she turned down many opportunities and attended college, starting at UCLA and then Stanford, eventually obtaining a masters’ degree in sociology.

Strug later worked initially as an elementary school teacher in San Jose, California, but then moved to Washington, DC in 2003. There she worked as a staff assistant with the US Office of Presidential Student Correspondence, then moved to a job at the General Counsel Office in the Treasury Department. In March 2005, Strug joined the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention staff as a presidential appointee.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around United States USA 14 QR
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around United States USA 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise United States USA 15 QR
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault United States USA 9T QR
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars United States USA 25 QR
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam United States USA 20 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around United States USA 7 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise United States USA 1 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault United States USA 5 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars United States USA 14 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam United States USA 15 QR

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Final Standings 14 QR
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Qualifying 14 78.735 39.336 39.399
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Qualifying Floor Exercise 15 19.724 9.887 9.837
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Qualifying Horse Vault 9T 19.787 9.837 9.950
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Qualifying Uneven Bars 25 19.699 9.837 9.862
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Qualifying Balance Beam 20 19.525 9.775 9.750
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Final Standings 7 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Qualifying 7 77.735 38.662 39.073
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Qualifying Floor Exercise 1 19.662 9.825 9.837
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Qualifying Horse Vault 5 19.524 9.812 9.712
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Qualifying Uneven Bars 14 19.462 9.675 9.787
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Qualifying Balance Beam 15 19.087 9.350 9.737

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 3
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 1

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Final Standings 15 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Final Standings 1 QR

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Final Standings 9T QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Final Standings 5 QR

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Final Standings 25 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Final Standings 14 QR

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1992 Summer 14 Barcelona Gymnastics United States Final Standings 20 QR
1996 Summer 18 Atlanta Gymnastics United States Final Standings 15 QR
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