Happy birthday, Kerri Strug!

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Kerri Strug's heroics helped the United States win its first gymnastics team gold in Olympic history.

Happy birthday to Kerri Strug, who turns 36 today! The darling of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, an 18-year-old Strug is best remembered for her iconic vault that clinched a gold medal for the United States in the gymnastics team competition. Strug, who had injured her ankle on a fall on her first vault attempt as the Russians chipped away at the Americans' lead, landed her second vault -- and then hopped onto her good foot before collapsing. She was later carried by coach Bela Karolyi to the podium. It remains one of the most legendary Olympic moments of all time. After the Games, Strug made the media rounds and even appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and on a Wheaties Box with her teammates. Since her retirement from gymnastics, Strug attended UCLA and Stanford and has worked in a variety of U.S. government positions. She also has been an active marathon runner. Strug gave birth to her first child, a son, in March of last year.