Kerri Strug was born on November 19, 1977. She began studying gymnastics when she was just three years old. She was so good that she began competing when she was eight years old. She originally trained with Jim Gault but in January of 1991, she moved to Houston, Texas to train with world renowned coach Bela Karolyi. It was then that she joined the US Olympic Team as part of the Magnificent Seven. At age 14, Strug went to the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and brought home a bronze medal. She switched coaches after Barcelona, due to Karolyi's retirement. But in 1995, Karolyi came out of retirement and Strug came back to study under him once again. He helped her get to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Kerri Strug was an American Olympic gymnast, whose main event was the vault. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the gold medal came down to the Russians and the Americans. Strug took her first vault and when she landed she slipped and fell on her backside, after hearing a snap in her ankle. Her score was a 9.162. Even though she was seriously injured with what turned out to be two tears in her ligament, Kerri took it upon herself to complete her second vault, landing and hearing a second pop in her ankle. She was able to recover and hold her position to finish ON ONE LEG. She received a 9.712 score and guaranteed the USA a gold medal.