Kerri Strug earned nationwide stardom for her heroic efforts at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. After injuring her ankle on her first vault attempt, she needed to land her second and final vault in order to seal the victory over Russia for the team combined gymnastics gold medal. With millions of people watching, and two torn ligaments in her leg, Kerri got the job done with a solid landing before collapsing to her hands and knees. She was carried to the award ceremony where she received her first gold medal. It was the first time the U.S. gymnastics team won gold.
Outside her Olympic career, Kerri received a masters degree in social psycology at Stanford University. With her experience, she worked at the U.S. Juvenile Justice Department and with the White House's student correspondence department.
AMTA 2016 National Convention Closing Session
Bringing Home the Gold: Olympians + Massage Therapy
Saturday, October 29, 2-4pm | 2 Credit Hours | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Featuring Bonnie Blair, Alicia Dana, Kerri Strug, Abby Wambach. Moderated by Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic.
Research shows massage therapy can benefit athletes of all fitness levels, and Olympic athletes are no exception. A panel of elite athletes will share how massage therapy helped them reach their Olympic dreams. The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Brent Bauer will moderate the discussion and explain the science of massage for athletes.
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