Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meet the 1996 U.S. "Magnificent 7" Gymnasts Team

The Magnificent Seven
They are called the "Magnificent Seven" because the 1996 United States Olympic women's gymnastics team gave their country their first ever gold medal in the women's team competition. The seven members of the team that went to the Summer Olympics in Atlanta Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden, and Jaycie Phelps. Miller, Dawes, and Chow also won individual medals in the 1996 Olympics. The team is perhaps best known for Strug sticking the landing on a vault while injured.

After the Olympics, the entire team appeared on a Wheaties cereal box and on several talk shows. Miller, once again the most successful member of the team following her five medal total in the Barcelona Games, captured the only individual gold for the American women. Her gold medal on the balance beam was a first for an American, followed only by Shawn Johnson at the 2008 games.

In 2008, Magnificent Seven was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in the team category. The team received their award in Chicago with other Olympic greats.

All of them became successful in their chosen field, but they revealed to Sports Illustrated their biggest post-game achievement so far: getting married and having children. This is one area that the "Magnificent Seven" were not willing to give-up for any medals in the world.

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