We take a pictorial look at what some well-known Olympians from the past are now doing in their careers. This month, we focus on US gymnast Kerri Strug

Kerri Strug wrote her name into Olympic folklore when she helped the USA win a historic gold medal in the all-around women’s gymnastics team event at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, despite having an injured ankle

She had begun gymnastics at the age of three and soon developed into a world-class competitor

At 14, Strug was the youngest member of the US team at the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992, winning a bronze medal in the all-around women’s gymnastics team event

Four years later, she once again qualified for the US team to compete in the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996

But disaster struck in the vault during the team event, when Strug fell and injured her ankle on her first attempt

With her team’s hopes of victory in the balance, Strug bravely returned to successfully complete her second vault – securing the USA’s first ever gold medal in the all-around women’s gymnastics team event

Despite her injury, Strug was able to take her place on the podium alongside her team-mates, who collectively have become known as ‘the Magnificent Seven’

Her efforts made her a household name in the USA, gaining widespread media attention, endorsement deals and a starring role in a touring ice show

Strug eventually enrolled in college, studying at UCLA and Stanford, and also carried the Olympic torch ahead of the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002

After graduating, Strug initially worked as an elementary school teacher in California

In 2003, she moved to Washington DC to become a staff assistant with the White House Office of Presidential Student Correspondence

Strug then moved to a job at the General Counsel in the Treasury Department before becoming a program manager for the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Looking for some ideas for your eventual transition from the competition arena?  Delivered in cooperation of The Adecco Group, the IOC Athlete Career Programme has resources on Education, Life Skills and Employment at: https://www.olympic.org/athlete-career-programme

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