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By Rachel Cooperman
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In 1996, Kerri Strug’s dramatic turn in the final rotation of the team competition made her the poster child of the Atlanta Games, and won her universal admiration. The gymnast once known for her poise in practice but an inability to deliver in competitions turned out to be the team’s ticket to the top of the podium at those Olympics. Competing on an ankle she had injured during her first vault, Strug clinched gold for the Magnificent Seven in the team event – the U. S. ‘s first gold in that event in Olympic history – by sticking her second vault when it counted most. The performance made her one of the most celebrated athletes of those Games.
Aside from Strug’s petite frame and composure, today you may not recognize the 34-year-old. She now resides in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. , with her husband, Robert Fischer, and their first child, Tyler, born March 1, 2012. Sixteen years after her dramatic star turn in Atlanta, Strug’s latest challenge – motherhood – is top of mind. “It’s different how your perspective changes once you have a kid,” she said. “Everybody tells you it’s going to happen, but until you have one, you don’t get it. ”
The career-oriented Strug hopes to return to her post at the U. S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington after her maternity leave. But her husband, an attorney, has accepted a prosecutor position in Tucson. The couple will see if their roots take hold in Arizona.
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Read on for more about Kerri’s past, present, and future.
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