Starting gymnastics at the age of 3, Kerri became the youngest American on the Olympic squad in 1992, where she earned a bronze medal in the Barcelona Olympics. She was a three-time World Championship medalist and member of five World Championship teams since 1991. She earned her BA in Communications and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University.
Despite her busy schedule, Kerri volunteers her time and energy to a variety of charitable causes. Kerri has served as a spokesperson for the Special Olympics and the Children’s Miracle Network. The Women’s Sports Foundation presented Strug with the Reebok/Lady Foot Locker Giving Back Award in recognition of her community efforts. Although no longer in competitive gymnastics, she maintains involvement in the gymnastic community through work with parents, kids, and coaches throughout the country at various gymnastic camps and clubs.
An author of two books, Kerri reaches out to others who can be inspired by her determination both inside and outside the gym. Heart of Gold targets younger readers who can learn of Kerri’s ups and downs as a young gymnast. Her autobiography, Landing on my Feet: A Diary of Dreams, focuses on the hard work and commitment that led to her heroic Olympic performance.
She is currently a Program Manager at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington, D.C. “I transitioned the traits I learned through my gymnastics training—dedication, perseverance and commitment—into my academics, and current career.”