We all can visualize it. Kerri Strug’s epic final vault pass in the 1996 Summer Olympics. That iconic one-footed landing—looking closer to a Kung Fu crane stance than anything in gymnastics. The flawless performance stands as arguably the bravest in Team USA history.
Last to go for Team USA in the final rotation during women’s gymnastics, Kerri Strug was left to lock up gold for the U.S. over perennial powerhouse Russia. Not only did she miss the landing in her initial vault pass and consequently fail to secure gold, Kerri sustained a seriously injured ankle. In disbelief after hearing she would have to take another pass, Strug summoned all her will, limped back for a second attempt, and against all odds nailed the landing. The Magnificent Seven stood immortalized with gold. Pay homage.