After watching a special on TV this weekend on the top moments in Olympic history it was no surprise #1 went to Kerri Strug, the gymnast. One part of me has soft spot for her, because I knew here as a childhood friend. The other was what an amazing performance, and courage she had to win with all the pressure on her. Sure that’s every Olympic story, but she did it hurt and no one thought she could pull it off! I’m so glad to see this as one of the top moments in Olympic History, it gave me chills to watch, and tears after. Let’s GO USA!!
Kerri Strug Shrugs Off Injury
Strug defined resilience at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. In her first vault during the finals at the gymnastics team event, Strug under-rotated a jump and landed awkwardly, injuring her ankle. “I heard a crack in my ankle, but you hear a lot of cracks in gymnastics,” Strug said. “Then I tried to stand up, and I realized something was really wrong. I couldn’t feel my leg.” Despite the pain, Strug pushed on and completed a memorable second vault, which propelled the U.S. women to their first team gold.