Top Ten Sports miracles 07

Top Ten Sports miracles 07

7. Kerri Strug Vaults to Gold

The 1996 U.S. Olympic women's gymnast team was not exactly an underdog--the seven women were talented, powerful athletes. But the United States had never beat the Russians in gymnastics. The teams battled evenly throughout the event. On the last routine of the last day of competition, Kerri Strug approached the vault. She fell on her first attempt, badly hurting her ankle. Limping back to the start of the vault, Strug steeled herself and attacked the vault a second time, landing perfectly on one foot. The images of her miracle finish, including coach Bela Karolyi carrying Strug onto the podium to claim her medal, would secure Strug's place in the pantheon of American sports greats.


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