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Kerri Strug

Category: Olympians, Women in Sports
Fee Range: $10,000 – $20,000

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Sports Speaker Kerri Strug is best remembered for landing her final vault on an injured ankle; it was this vault that catapulted the Magnificent Seven to the women’s gymnastics team gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. This performance is in now infamous; not only was Kerri featured on a Wheaties box with the rest of her team, but she also reenacted the moment on a Saturday Night Live parody alongside Chris Kattan in 1996. Her overnight rise to fame led her to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the Magnificent Seven, as well as in People and Time magazines. In addition to her 1997 team gold medal, Kerri holds a bronze medal from the 1992 Olympic Games, where she was the youngest competitor. Her athletic accomplishments have led her to be inducted into the both the International and National Jewish Sports Halls of in 2000. She is also the recipient of the 1996 Olympic Spirit Award.

Kerri has moved on to even greater things after her years as a gymnast. She has since written Heart of Gold and her autobiography Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams; both works detail Kerri’s journey to the Olympics and the highs and lows of her career. Like 2012 Olympic standout Jordyn Wieber, Kerri was the Team Manager for UCLA before transferring to Stanford, where she earned her bachelor’s in communications and her master’s in sociology.

Like her former teammate Shannon Miller, Kerri continues to live an active lifestyle. As a marathon runner and mother, Kerri remains an advocate of healthy living and wellness, despite a busy schedule. In her free time, she is the spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Special Olympics. Her work and partnerships with organizations such as DARE, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Pediatric AIDS, as well as ChildHelp demonstrate that Kerri is committed to helping others and giving back to the community.