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Kerri Strug, the darling of the 1996 Olympics, made a big vault this weekend -- up the aisle. The 1996 gold medalist was married to Robert Fischer in Tucson, Ariz.
She is remembered best for her performance on the vault in the team competition in Atlanta. Though she had injured her ankle, she needed a strong vault to secure U.S. gold. She did a spectacular vault, landing on one foot before collapsing in pain.
Her husband said that while he remembers her great performance, he wanted to get to know her for who she is today.
“I remembered her from the 1996 Games, and while I was respectful of the fact that she was who she was and had accomplished something that inspired so many people, I wanted to get to know her as the Kerri she is now,” Mr. Fischer said. “She has such a passion and energy for life. She has inspired me to be a better man than I thought I could be.”
Strug, who lives in Washington D.C. and works for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, met her husband through mutual friends. She admits that growing up, her life was so geared towards gymnastics that she didn't date much.
"It’s like I was living in this big gymnastics bubble. I never went to my high school dance and didn’t date much, so my criteria for dating men was really just put together in theory, not practice."
Bela Karolyi, the coach who famously carried Strug around after her vault, was at the wedding. No word on if he yelled, "C'mon Kerri! You can do it!" as she walked up the aisle.
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