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Kerri Strug


1977 Born November 19 in Tucson, Arizona
1982 Begins gymnastics
1984 Noticed by a coach at Karolyi's summer camp, who encourages Strug's parents to have Kerri train full-time with Karolyi
1989 Begins training with Bela Karolyi
1989 Member of Junior Pacific Alliance Team
1990 Member of Junior Pan Am Games Team
1991 Member of World Gymnastics Championship Team
1992 Member of United States Olympic Team
1992 Karolyi announces retirement; Strug changes coaches repeatedly for next several years
1993 Member of Hilton Challenge Team
1994 Member of Team World Championship Team
1995 Graduates from high school a year ahead of schedule—with a perfect 4.0 GPA—and earns a scholarship to University of California, Los Angeles, but defers enrollment for a year so that she can train for the 1996 Olympics
1995 Resumes training with Karolyi, who had come out of retirement in 1994
1995 Member of World Champion Team
1996 Member of United States Olympic Team
1996 Performs historic vault on an injured ankle in final round of the women's gymnastics team competition to help United States women's gymnastics team win first ever gold medal
1996 Featured on the Wheaties cereal box with her Olympic teammates
1996 Appears on an episode of "Saturday Night Live," in which she makes fun of her infamous high-pitched voice
1997 Works as an intern on the sports staff of KNBC-TV in Los Angeles
1998 Works as an intern for Entertainment Tonight
1999 Competes in her first marathon
2001 Graduates from Stanford with a Communications degree
2001 Works as an intern for Republican Senator John McCain

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