JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 18, 2011 – 1996 Olympic team gold-medalist Kerri Strug visited three Jacksonville, Fla., area gymnastics clubs as part of her efforts to build awareness of the 2011 AT&T American Cup, scheduled for March 5 at 11:30 a.m. ET at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The 2011 AT&T American Cup, the United States’ most prestigious all-around international invitational, is a part of the International Gymnastic Federation’s all-around World Cup series.
Strug spoke with gymnasts, as well as signed autographs and posed for photos, at Gymnastics Unlimited, TNT Gymnastics and North Florida Gymnastics. She will meet with various media outlets along with her 1996 Olympic teammate Shannon Miller on Wednesday morning. Strug will also visit patients at Wolfson Hospital, a children’s hospital in Jacksonville.
On sale now, tickets range from $29.50 to $100 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; through participating gym clubs; or at the Veterans Memorial Arena Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.
Strug is best-known for landing a vault on an injured ankle to help the U.S. women win their first-ever Olympic team gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. In addition to her Olympic team gold medal, her international accomplishments include a team bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and the all-around gold medal at the 1996 American Cup. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. Strug resides in Washington, D.C., where she works for the U.S. Department of Justice. She is still active as an athlete and has run several marathons. She married Robert Fischer in April 2010.
JEDC Sports and Entertainment is USA Gymnastics’ local partner for the event. This is just the second time in the event’s history that it has had World Cup status and the first as an all-around event. For more information, go to www.attamericancup.com.