USA Women's Gymnastics Team
- Olympic Gold medalist (1996)
- Olympic Bronze medalist (1992)
- All Around champion at the McDonald’s American Cup (1996)
- All Around silver medalist at the U.S. Olympic Trials (1996)
- Inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame (2008)
Kerri Strug is a former American gymnast. She is widely remembered for her courageous Olympic vault performance despite having an injured ankle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Kerri began competing in gymnastics at the age of eight. In 1991 and at just 13 years old, she moved away from her family to train with legendary coach Béla Károlyi . The following year she became the youngest member of the entire U.S. team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, coming away with a team bronze medal. She competed over the next two years despite the retirement of her coach. After dealing with a severe back muscle pull in the lead up to the 1994 World Championships, Kerri moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to train during 1995. When Béla Károlyi came out of retirement, Kerri chose to once again train under him in 1996. She won the 1996 American Cup All Around and qualified for the 1996 Olympic Games as part of the U.S. women’s team, the group often referred to as the “Magnificent Seven.” The team event was notoriously dominated by the Russians for decades and never before won by the United States. The Russians started the team competition with a narrow lead. Heading into the vault, the first four U.S. women completed their landings, but struggled to land them cleanly and were docked precious points. Kerri was the last to vault for the U.S. and under-rotated the landing on her first attempt, damaging her ankle. In order to win the gold medal for her team, she had to land her second vault. She limped to the runway and managed to land her jump before collapsing. Due to her injury, she was unable to compete in the individual all-around competition and event finals and was famously carried to the medals podium to join her team. Kerri became a national sports hero for her final vault, the ultimate example of sportsmanship and sacrifice for the team.
Kerri participated in the Ice Capades and Disney’s World On Ice before attending the University of California Los Angeles and later Stanford University. After retiring from gymnastics and completing her education, she worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming a staff assistant with the U.S. Office of Presidential Student Correspondence. She worked for the U.S. Treasury Department and currently serves in the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Kerri has also served as an Olympic Games television correspondent. She is involved in various charitable organizations, including Gene Spotlight, The March of Dimes, ING’s Run for Something BEtter, The Child and Family Network Centers, Main Street Theater, the Junior League of Washington, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association.
Lunch or Dinner$1,500Kerri will join you and your small group of up to 10 people at lunch or dinner. You choose the restaurant and you choose what you want to talk about. Kerri will share stories from her career. Note: for larger parties, please see appearance fee below.
Attend a Meet$2,250Have an extra spot at the meet? Kerri will join you and your guests and share insight on the competition. Discuss Kerri's Olympic career and her trajectory in becoming an Olympic Gold medalist.
Round of Golf$2,250Kerri will complete your foursome for a round of golf. She'll be the perfect fourth for your Sunday outing, and will spice up the round with tales from her time at the Olympics.
Celebrations$5,000Invite Kerri to join you and your guests at your birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary party! She'll be sure to be entertaining company.
Appearance$5,000Hire Kerri Strug to make an appearance at your next event! Kerri Strug’s appearance will be the perfect way to promote your business or organization. (Up to 60 minutes). Autograph show pricing may vary.
Q&A$5,000Kerri will share her story with up to 20 people. Your small group of friends, students, coworkers, or event attendees will be inspired by Kerri’s path to success.
Coaching$1,500To be the best you need to learn from the best. Hiring Kerri as a coach will give you access to an Olympic gymnast. Kerri will coach a group of 1-6 people skills that helped her become a professional.
* Booking this talent outside of the booking region may result in additional costs. Thuzio Pros are subject to availability.
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- USA Women's Gymnastics Team
College University of California Los Angeles