Remembering Kerri Strug's vault into the spotlight (on a bad ankle) at the 1996 Summer Games

Strug's historic second vault on an already injured ankle became perhaps the defining moment of the 1996 Summer Games.

It may seem strange in retrospect, but Kerri Strug went to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

"You'll never see Kerri in a Wheaties box," her coach, Bela Kerolyi, told the Houston Chronicle in July 1996.

"She always has been the bridesmaid, never the bride," said 1984 gymnastics gold medalist Mary Lou Retton.

Strug said he doesn't remember his first vault, only the sound of his left ankle giving way on the landing.

Strug performed her second vault and heard another snap from her ankle as she landed on both feet.

It turned out to be one of the best moments of the 1996 Games

Kérolyi and her teammates  carried her off the floor while the Georgia Dome’s 30,000-strong crowd chanted her name

She refused to be taken away for X-rays, saying she wanted to be with her teammates when they received the gold.

Kérolyi  picked her up again and carried her to the podium, where her teammates helped her stand and accept the gold.

Kérolyi  believes Strug's performance helped change the perception of gymnasts in the national eye.

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