Kerri Strug

Kerri Allyson Strug Fischer (born November 19, 1977) is an American retired gymnast from Tucson, Arizona. She was a member of the Magnificent Seven, the victorious all-around women's gymnastics team that represented the United States at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, and is best remembered for performing the vault despite having injured her ankle[2] and for subsequently being carried to the podium by her coach, Béla Károlyi.

Kerri Strug Fischer
Full nameKerri Allyson Strug Fischer[1]
BornNovember 19, 1977 (age 41)
Tucson, Arizona[1]
HometownTucson, Arizona
Height4 ft 7 12 in (141 cm)[1]
Weight82 lb (37 kg)[1]
Spouse(s)Robert Fischer (2010–present)

Career, pre-1996 Olympics

Strug began training in gymnastics at the age of three. She began competing in gymnastics at the age of eight. Her sister Lisa was already competing in gymnastics at the time that Strug was born. Strug was trained by American coach Jim Gault until January 1991, when she moved to Houston, Texas to train with coach Béla Károlyi. At that time, she also joined the United States National Team. In 1992, at age 14, she won a team bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics,[1] at which she was the youngest member of the entire U.S. team. Throughout the Team Compulsories and Optionals, she and Kim Zmeskal competed for the final US available spot to compete in the all-around. She was eventually edged out by Zmeskal, with Shannon Miller and Betty Okino as the other two American gymnasts to qualify for the all-around.

Coach Béla Károlyi retired after the 1992 Games, leaving Strug to decide whether to continue gymnastics with a different coach or quit. Strug chose to move to Edmond, Oklahoma to train under the coaching of Steve Nunno at the Dynamo Gymnastics Club, where she trained with Shannon Miller. There, she struggled with severe weight loss and a serious injury to her stomach.[3]

At the 1993 Nationals, Strug placed 3rd in the all-around, 2nd on the uneven bars, and 3rd on floor exercise.[4] She completed the Yurchenko ½ vault. However, she had a weak second vault and did not medal in that event. After this competition, Strug left Edmond to return home to Tucson, Arizona where she trained with Arthur Akopian, who flew in from California to train her, with the assistance of Jim Gault. Gault was Strug's coach when she started gymnastics at age 3.

While performing the compulsory uneven bars set in 1994, she pinged off the bar, subsequently releasing too early to be able to make the transition to low bar. She lost control and flew off the high bar backwards, landing in a twisted position on her side beneath the low bar. She was carried out of the gym on a stretcher and was taken to Desert Regional Hospital. The injury turned out to be a badly pulled back muscle, which required extensive rehabilitation. She recovered in time for the 1994 World Championships.

In 1995, Strug graduated from Green Fields Country Day School in Tucson, Arizona. Eventually, the coaching arrangement with Gault and Akopian became untenable as Gault was restricted in his coaching by NCAA recruiting rules. Strug once again left home, in July 1995, to train at Aerials Gymnastics in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Tom and Lori Forster. Later that year, at the 1995 Nationals, Strug placed 5th in the AA (All-Around competition) and came in 3rd on the UB (Uneven Bars). At the 1995 World Championships, she was a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team, and she placed 7th in the AA.

She trained with the Forsters from July 1995 until December 1995, when Béla Károlyi came out of retirement. She moved back to Houston to train with Károlyi in preparation for the 1996 Olympics. She beat the competition at the 1996 American Cup in the AA by almost a half point,[5] which was a huge margin with the scoring system at that time. She also placed 1st on FX (Floor Exercises) and BB (Balance Beam) and 2nd on VT (Vault) and UB in the event finals. At the 1996 U.S. Nationals, Strug placed 5th in the AA and came in 2nd on both vault and floor.

1996 Olympics

Strug participated in the 1996 Olympics as a member of the U.S. women's team, often referred to as the Magnificent Seven. After compulsories, Strug was ranked 9th overall and had placed high enough to qualify herself for the all-around. She posted the second-highest score on floor exercise—but qualified first in floor exercise event finals after the team final and ahead of eventual FX Gold Medalist Lilia Podkopayeva—and fourth-highest on vault, which would qualify her for event finals in her two strongest events. In the team competition, an event dominated by the Soviets for decades and never won by the United States, the U.S. competed with the Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian teams. The Russians came into the team competition with a very narrow lead. The event came down to the final rotation on the final day of the team competition, July 23, 1996.

Going into the final rotation, with the Russians on floor exercise and the U.S. on vault, the U.S. women held a commanding 0.897-point[6] lead over the Russian team. However, it was still possible for the Russians to take the gold if the U.S. women collapsed. The first four U.S. gymnasts landed their vaults, but struggled to land them cleanly, taking steps and hops. Adding to the drama, Strug's teammate Dominique Moceanu fell twice, registering a poor score. Strug was the last to vault for the United States.

Strug under-rotated the landing of her first attempt, causing her to fall and damage her ankle. As a result, the attempt was awarded 9.162 points.[6] Retrospectively, after a poor performance from the final Russian Roza Galieva on floor, Moceanu's score (9.200) would have been sufficient to beat the Russians even if Strug had not performed a second vault, as the lowest score for each team was dropped. However, Galieva performed after Strug, and therefore Strug needed to land a second vault on her feet in order to mathematically clinch the gold.

In the time interval between Strug's two vaults, she asked, "Do we need this?"[3] Károlyi replied, "Kerri, we need you to go one more time. We need you one more time for the gold. You can do it, you better do it."[6] Strug thus limped slightly to the end of the runway to make her second attempt. She landed the vault briefly on both feet, almost instantly hopping onto only her good foot, saluting the judges. She then collapsed onto her knees and needed assistance off the landing platform, to which sportscaster John Tesh commented, "Kerri Strug is hurt! She is hurt badly." The completed vault received score of 9.712, guaranteeing the Americans the gold medal.[6][7] Károlyi carried her onto the medals podium to join her team, after which she was treated at a hospital for a third-degree lateral sprain and tendon damage.[6][7] Due to her injury, she was unable to compete in the individual all-around competition and event finals, despite having qualified for both; so Moceanu was chosen to take her place in the all-around, Dawes took her place in the floor final, and Miller took her place in the vault final. [8]

Strug became a national sports hero for her final vault, visiting President Bill Clinton, appearing at various television talk shows, making the cover of Sports Illustrated and appearing on a Wheaties cereal box with other team members. Actor Chris Kattan notably parodied her adolescent-sounding voice (as her "brother" Kippi Strug), and appeared on Saturday Night Live (in a segment in which she appeared alongside him). ESPN's "This is SportsCenter" ad campaign poked good-natured fun at her injury with two ads featuring various ESPN workers carrying her around.

Professional career and college

Shortly after her feat, Strug participated in the Ice Capades and Disney's World On Ice, then announced her retirement and enrolled in UCLA where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. As a professional, she could not compete in NCAA gymnastics events, so she worked for a time as team manager instead, a behind-the-scenes role. She later transferred to Stanford University where she earned a master's degree in Sociology. Strug also took part in a Semester at Sea in the Fall of 2000.[9]

After gymnastics

After graduation, Strug worked as an elementary school teacher at Tom Matsumoto Elementary School in San Jose, CA before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2003.

She worked as a staff assistant with the White House Office of Presidential Student Correspondence, moved to a job at the General Counsel in the Treasury Department, and in March 2005, joined the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention staff as a presidential appointee. Strug has also been an active marathon runner, having run marathons in Houston, New York, Boston and Chicago.[10]

During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Strug was a correspondent for Yahoo! in artistic gymnastics. In 2008, she appeared in a television commercial for the Zaxby's restaurant chain. Also in 2008, her history-making ordeal at the 1996 Olympic games was featured in a commercial, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman for the "Go World" campaign.[11]

Personal life

Strug is Jewish.[12] She married attorney Robert Fischer at the Skyline Country Club in Tucson, Arizona, on April 25, 2010.[13] On March 1, 2012, Strug gave birth to the couple's son, Tyler William Fischer.[14] In 2014, she gave birth to a daughter, Alayna Madaleine.[15]

Popular culture

Strug did a cameo on Beverly Hills, 90210.[16]

Strug was shown in Marie Claire magazine's "The 8 Greatest Moments for Women in Sports".[17]

Strug is referenced in ‘Sabrina: The Teenage Witch‘ Season 1, Episode 10.

Strug is referenced in animation ‘Bojack Horseman’ Season 5, Episode 5.

Strug referenced in ‘King of the Hill‘ Season 2, Episode 14.

Strut is referenced in ‘Murphy Brown’ Season 9, Episode 11.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Kerri Strug". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Kerri's Strug vault as part of the most memorable Olympic moments Archived May 12, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Leavy, Jane (August 11, 1997). "Happy Landing". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on September 5, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.gymn-forum.com/results/usnat-results.html
  5. ^ "1996 McDonald's American Cup Finals". USA Gymnastics Online. March 4, 1996. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c d e "51: Kerri Strug fights off pain, helps U.S. win gold". ESPN.com. c. 2008. Archived from the original on June 29, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "A Hurting Kerri Strug Wasn't Ready to Stop Yet". The New York Times Online. March 4, 1996. Archived from the original on January 11, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2008.
  8. ^ "Kerri Strug – The Historic Vault". Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2014-02-25. "Semester at Sea Alumni"
  10. ^ La Duca, Patty (September 27, 2008). "30 Seconds with Kerri Strug". New York Times. p. SP9. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  11. ^ "Spot: Visa: Strug". Visa, archived at Coloribus.com. 2008. Archived from the original on August 17, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2008.
  12. ^ Kurtz, Suzanne (September 20, 2006). "Kerri Strug Olympic Gold and Jewish Journey". Hillel.org. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  13. ^ Wilkie, Christina (February 17, 2010). "Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug to marry Lamar Smith staffer". TheHill.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "Kerri Strug Is a New Mom". People. June 6, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  15. ^ "Kerri Strug Welcomes Daughter Alayna Madaleine".
  16. ^ http://ew.com/article/1996/10/18/kerri-strug-tries-find-her-place-show-biz/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Friedman, Megan. "Historic Moments in Female Sports – Athletic Women". Marieclaire.com. Retrieved April 16, 2015.

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1991 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

The 26th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Indianapolis, United States, in the Hoosier Dome from September 6 to 15, 1991. This was the last championships at which the Soviet Union competed.

1992 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

The 27th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Paris, France, from April 14 to 19, 1992.

The team and all-around events were not contested at the 1992 Worlds. The format was similar to that of the 2002 Worlds, with medals being awarded for the individual WAG and MAG apparatus. There were three rounds of competition: the preliminary round open to everyone; the semi-finals open to the top sixteen qualifiers; and the finals for the top nine gymnasts.

1994 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships (Team)

The 1994 World Artistic Gymnastics Team Championships were held in Dortmund, Germany from 15–20 November 1994.

Only the team event was contested at this meet. The individual events and all-around were contested at another World Championships in Brisbane, Australia in April 1994. 1994 was the only year in which the Worlds were split into two separate competitions.

1995 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

The 30th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held at Sun Dome Fukui in Sabae, Japan in 1995.

American Cup (gymnastics)

The American Cup, formerly known as the AT&T American Cup through a sponsorship arrangement that ended in 2018, is an elite senior level international gymnastics competition that has been held in the United States since 1976. It is usually held in March or February of each year. In 2011, it became part of the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series. With the exception of 2005 (when the competition was also part of the FIG World Cup series), it has been exclusively an all-around competition. Past champions include Olympic all-around champions Nadia Comăneci, Mary Lou Retton, Vitaly Scherbo, Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles.

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Béla Károlyi

Béla Károlyi (Hungarian: [ˈbeːlɒ ˈkaːroji]; born September 13, 1942) is a Romanian-American gymnastics coach. Early in his coaching career he developed the Romanian centralised training system for gymnastics. One of his earliest protégés was Nadia Comăneci, the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score. Living under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, Károlyi frequently clashed with Romanian officials and the Károlyis subsequently defected to the United States in 1981.

Since their arrival in the United States, Béla and his wife Márta Károlyi have been credited with transforming the coaching of gymnastics in the US and bringing major international success. They have both been head coach of the United States women's national gymnastics team, as well as national team coordinator for United States gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

Károlyi has coached many notable national, European, World and Olympic gymnasts, including Nadia Comăneci, Ecaterina Szabo, Mary Lou Retton, Betty Okino, Teodora Ungureanu, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Phillips, Dominique Moceanu, Phoebe Mills, and Kerri Strug. In total, Károlyi has coached nine Olympic champions, fifteen world champions, sixteen European medalists and six U.S. national champions. Béla Károlyi was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997. Béla and Márta Károlyi as a coaching team were inducted into the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Dominique Moceanu

Dominique Helena Moceanu (, moh-CHEE-anoo; Romanian: [moˈtʃe̯anu]; born September 30, 1981) is an American author and retired American gymnast. She was a member of the gold-medal-winning United States women's gymnastics team (the "Magnificent Seven") at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.The hallmarks of Moceanu's gymnastics, in the early part of her elite career, were daring tricks on the balance beam and spunky routines on the floor exercise. Later, under the direction of new coaches, she developed a more elegant, mature style.

Moceanu trained under Marta and Béla Károlyi, and later Luminița Miscenco and Mary Lee Tracy. She earned her first national team berth at age 10 and represented the United States in various international competitions at the junior level. She was the all-around silver medalist at the 1992 Junior Pan American Games and the 1994 junior national champion. In 1995, at the age of 13, she became the youngest gymnast to win the senior all-around title at the U.S. National Championships. She was the youngest member of both the 1995 World Championships team and the gold-medal-winning 1996 Olympics team, and was the last gymnast to compete legally in the Olympics at the age of 14.Moceanu's last major success in gymnastics was at the 1998 Goodwill Games, where she became the first American to win the all-around gold medal. Family problems, coaching changes, and injuries derailed her efforts to make the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and she retired from the sport in 2000. Since then, she has worked as a coach, studied business management, and written a memoir, Off Balance.

Gymnastics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's floor

These are the results of the women's floor competition, one of six events for female competitors in artistic gymnastics at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The qualification and final rounds took place on July 21, 23 and 29th at the Georgia Dome.

Gymnastics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's vault

These are the results of the women's vault competition, one of six events for female competitors in artistic gymnastics at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The qualification and final rounds took place on July 21, 22 and 28th at the Georgia Dome.

Jaycie Phelps

Jaycie Lynn Phelps (born September 26, 1979 in Greenfield, Indiana, United States) is a retired American Olympic gymnast and member of the 1996 Olympic gold medal U.S. women's gymnastics team, the Magnificent Seven. She is known for her consistency and clean lines in her gymnastics.

John Macready

John Macready (born April 29, 1975) is an American gymnast and motivational speaker. He is the grandson of the actor George Macready.

MacReady was a member of the 1996 US Olympic Team and two-time World Championship Team member in 1995 and 1997. He was the youngest member of the 1996 men's US Olympic gymnastics team. He has worked with the Make a Wish Foundation and hosts the annual "John Macready March of Dimes Invitational."

John Macready and John Roethlisberger own and operate FLIPFEST, a gymnastics camp Located on Lake Frances in Crossville, Tennessee.

List of Olympic female gymnasts for the United States

Gymnastics events have been staged at the Olympic Games since 1896. American female gymnasts have participated in every Olympic Games since 1936 except for 1980. A total of 83 female gymnasts have represented the United States. American women have won 48 medals at the Olympics – 9 in team all-around, 8 in individual all-around, 4 in vault, 8 in uneven bars, 10 in balance beam, and 9 in floor exercise. The medals include 28 golds. The U.S. has medaled in the team all-around in every Summer Olympics since 1992, winning golds in 1996, 2012, and 2016.Seven American female gymnasts have won at least four medals at the Olympic Games: Shannon Miller (seven), Aly Raisman (six), Simone Biles (five), Nastia Liukin (five), Mary Lou Retton (five), Dominique Dawes (four), and Shawn Johnson (four).In 1984, Mary Lou Retton became the first American female gymnast to win the individual all-around gold medal at the Olympics. She won five total medals that year in the only Olympic Games she participated in.Shannon Miller, who competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, won seven total Olympic medals, the most of any American female gymnast. She won five medals in 1992 and added two more in 1996. Dominique Dawes competed at the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympics, winning four medals. Miller and Dawes were both members of the "Magnificent Seven", the 1996 team that became the first American squad to win the team all-around gold medal at the Olympics. The competition was highlighted by Kerri Strug sticking a vault while injured to ensure the U.S. victory.Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson won five and four medals, respectively, in 2008, the only Olympics that either one participated in. Liukin won the individual all-around gold medal, and Johnson won the balance beam gold medal.In 2012, the U.S. won the team all-around for the second time. This team, which was nicknamed the "Fierce Five", featured five gymnasts who were all making their first appearance at the Olympics. That year, Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in individual all-around, and Aly Raisman won the gold medal in floor exercise.In 2016, the U.S. won the team all-around gold medal for the second consecutive Olympics, and the third title overall. The team referred to as "The Final Five", featured the return of 2012 Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. It also featured newcomers Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and the 3-time reigning world all-around champion Simone Biles. Biles won the individual all-around, vault, and floor exercise gold medals, and also took bronze in the balance beam final. Raisman won silver medals in the all-around and floor exercise. Hernandez took the silver on the balance beam while Kocian, the reigning uneven bars world co-champion would win silver in that event. The 2016 games had been the most dominant games ever for team USA in women's gymnastics, having won 4 golds, 4 silvers, and a bronze medal overall.

List of Olympic medalists in gymnastics (women)

This is the complete list of women's Olympic medalists in gymnastics.

Magnificent Seven (gymnastics)

The Magnificent Seven was the 1996 United States Olympic women's gymnastics team that won the first ever gold medal for the United States in the women's team competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The seven members of the team were Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden, and Jaycie Phelps. Miller, Dawes and Chow also won individual medals in Atlanta. The team is perhaps best known for Strug sticking the landing of a vault to clinch the gold medal while injured.

Márta Károlyi

Márta Károlyi (Hungarian: [ˈmaːrtɒ ˈkaːroji]; née Erőss; born August 29, 1942) is a Romanian-American gymnastics coach and the national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics. She and her husband, Béla, are ethnic Hungarians from Transylvania, Romania, and trained athletes in Romania, but defected to the United States in 1981. Béla and Márta Károlyi have trained nine Olympic champions, fifteen world champions, sixteen European medalists and many U.S. national champions, including Mary Lou Retton, Betty Okino, Kerri Strug, Teodora Ungureanu, Phoebe Mills, Nadia Comăneci, Kim Zmeskal, and Dominique Moceanu.

Orange Monkey

Orange Monkey is an American experimental rock band from the state of California. The band currently consists of Aukey, Crystal, Mc Ryan, Dave and a penguin named Hiyo (formerly known as The Mysterious Hiyo.) The music is kitsch, quirky and satirical, with choppy editing and obscure references to the Power Rangers, Kerri Strug, ITT Tech and Pokémon.

Aukey, MC Ryan and Hiyo formed Orange Monkey in 1994 with the debut performance of their song "Fungus Amongus" (now referred to as "OG Fungus Amongus") recorded live. Not much is known about the time between that recording and 1998, when Crystal joined the band and became romantically involved with Aukey. Coining the term "The Last Free Band" due to their reliance on donations and refusal to charge money for their music (at the time), their debut release, Turtles In Love, was a barely navigable melange of genres, including electronica, funk, hip-hop and thrashcore. In between each of the songs was a sample from a Barney the Dinosaur Speak & Spell-type toy which spelt out "ORANGE MONKEY". The album also featured a reworking of "Fungus Amongus" (referred to early on as the Tinactin Mix) as well as "Joey VS Frog", dedicated to a fan who donated the CD burner that was used to produce the album.

The second release, Help Us Buy Mp3.com A Taco!, was an exclusive CD (now unavailable) made for MP3.com, containing old favourites as well as two new tracks, "TJ Tech" and "(Unrecognizable Song)", which was dedicated to another fan after he had a dream about the band performing at a retirement home. Live performances were quite sporadic, usually in and around the area of Los Angeles. More tracks were released, appearing on various sites such as the IUMA and MP3.com. Special, personalized CDs were given out to various fans who were closest to the band. It is reasonable to suggest that this was the precursor to the release of Cheap Shot Beefcake, an exclusive CD (now unavailable) made for Rolling Stone Magazine's site. Like HUBMAT!, this release featured many old tracks as well as several, recently recorded tracks. In 2001 for more than three months (August - November) Orange Monkey held the number one spot on Rolling Stone Magazines Unsigned Artist charts with their hit single "Britney Spears Vs. Trojan Man".After briefly changing the band name to Orange Monkey.net and hiring (and firing) new band members Dave and David, Phat Berries was released. The album contained very focused songwriting, relatively new effects and less of the satirical value that Turtles In Love embodied. The band's playful exuberance and signature sound remained intact, despite sounding slightly more glam rock and doo-wop-oriented. At least for one show was performed on the sidewalk in front of artist Levon Jihanians exhibit opening in Glendale, powered by Mc Ryans (running) car and using the headlights for lighting. The band continued to tour around California, performing in and losing at various Battle Of The Bands competitions.

A third full-length album, ONKA (short for Our Next Krappy Album) was released early 2006.

United States women's national gymnastics team

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