Two-Time Olympian and Gold Medalist in Gymnastics; Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee
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Kerri Strug is a two-time Olympian, gold medalist and Hall of Fame Inductee. As the youngest athlete at the 1992 Olympics at age 14, she captured America's spirit four years later at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
After shocking spectators by falling and injuring her ankle on her first vault, she managed to stick the landing on her second vault before collapsing in pain, helping to secure gold for the American team. It was a moment that landed Kerri on the front page of newspapers around the world and catapulted her into the spotlight. Kerri now shares her powerful message of determination, fortitude and self-confidence to inspire audiences across the country to overcome obstacles, believe in themselves and always go for the Gold!
ABOUT Kerri Strug (+/-)
A Life-Long Dedication to Peak Performance
Kerri Strug's passion for gymnastics was sparked when she was very young. She did flips and somersaults from the time she was four years old, following in the footsteps of her older brother and sister. Kerri steadily moved up the gymnastics ladder, but it wasn't until 1990 that she decided to make a tremendous sacrifice for her dream. At 13, Kerri moved away from her home in Tucson, Arizona, leaving behind her family to train with world-famous coach Bela Karolyi in Houston, Texas. It was a difficult move, but it put Kerri squarely on the path to the Olympic Games and to achieving gold.
Helping the Youth of Today Pursue their Dreams
Today, Kerri works with numerous charities including the March of Dimes, the Child and Family Network Centers and the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. She continues her involvement with young athletes and helps support their development as they go after their own dreams. Kerri is also the author of two bestselling books, including the highly-praised children's book, Heart of Gold.
SPEAKER TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS (+/-)
In this compelling, inspiring presentation, Kerri shares her experience as the brave young gymnast who struggled for years in the shadow of flashier athletes, then secured her place in the Olympic pantheon for her brilliant success under fire. Whether you aspire to be an Olympian or simply master a new skill, Kerri provides the motivation and tools to keep you on your toes and land on your feet in pursuing your dreams and achieving your goals.