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Kerri Strug became one of the best-known faces of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics when she landed her vault on an injured ankle, ensuring that the U. Anthony Averett Jersey .S. women would win their first ever Olympic gold medal. Twenty years later, we asked her to recount what she remembers best about that day. There was so much energy in that building, right from the start. I remember marching into the Georgia Dome after the warm-up session and seeing all the American flags and hearing chants of Go USA! We were wearing the American flag on our leotards and warm-ups. There was so much pride. We started out on uneven bars and our first competitor, Jaycie Phelps, had one of her best routines. She stuck her dismount and after that, everyone followed suit. You could feel the energy heighten. Our coaches were typically pretty stoic. As gymnasts, were taught from an extremely young age that you dont get too excited until the meet is over, and even then, theres always another competition. Theres not much celebration in gymnastics. But our coaches were genuinely excited.The competition only got better from there. On our next rotation, we went to the balance beam. If there is an event you are going to falter on in a high-stakes competition environment, its beam. But not on that day. Floor was next, and its a great event to have home-court advantage. The crowd was clapping along to our music. We had one little mishap, but back then, six gymnasts competed in each event and you got to drop one score. So we had five great scores on floor and only one more event to go. If we held on, we would become the first U.S. womens team to win the Olympic title.Then we got to the vault. And I dont know what happened. From the get go, we had issues. Normally, [U.S. coach] Bela Karolyi was out on the floor with us. Hes a big guy who can move the vault and boards and mats quickly. You only get three minutes to warm up, and he wasnt out there, so we didnt get through our normal warm up. Dominique Moceanu and I were at the end of the lineup, so we didnt get to warm up the vaults we would compete, which we always did. At this level of competition, that should have had no bearing on how we performed. We said to each other, Weve done this a thousand times. Well be fine. But looking back, I wonder. Did that do something to our psyches? Did it cause us to fall?I wasnt watching when Dominique took her first vault. But I heard a huge gasp from the crowd. When I looked up at the jumbo screen, I saw that she fell. But I wasnt worried. I knew she would correct it on her next vault. But she did not.I dont know if it was a case of monkey see, monkey do. We both had enough height and shouldnt have had a problem landing our vaults. Wed landed them thousands of times. But we both opened up too early and sat on our bottoms.I knew something was wrong with my left leg. When I fell on my first vault, I couldnt believe it. Is this really happening? My legs were already wrapped prior to competing because Id been dealing with shin splints and ankle pain, but this was different.When I set up to take my second vault, I heard the words Bela was saying to me, the words they spoofed on Saturday Night Live: You can do it. You can do it. But I didnt focus on them. After all those years of training and coaching and hard work, thats all he could say? No advice on technique? Just You can do it. Looking back, I believe he knew I needed to be on automatic pilot. I knew what to do. I could do it. He didnt want me to think. He wanted me to just do it. Today, his words make sense.I think people want me to say there was a special, magical moment during the vault that came next. It might be disappointing to hear, but there wasnt. It was just a moment of thinking, You have to do this. Youve done it a million times. Do it again. In that moment, all the years of doing one more vault when I was too tired or sick or didnt want to perform another rep paid off.As I started running toward the vault, my ankle felt displaced and unstable. I remember thinking I was going to trip and fall on my face. I dont remember the vault itself, but when I landed, I didnt think Id done anything special. I was supposed to land the vault. Anything else would have been unacceptable.I wanted to be Mary Lou. I wanted to be remembered for standing on top of the podium smiling from ear to ear and winning gold in the individual all-around, just like her. So it was awesome when I heard we won the team gold, but I was already thinking ahead to the individual all-around, which I then missed because of the ankle injury. After competing at the 1992 Games, I set my goal to make it to 1996 and win individual medals.When I was 6, I decided I wanted to go to the Olympics. Back then, it wasnt about team medals or the character traits gymnastics gives to you. But when you get older and become a mom, you realize how critical those are. I still wonder if I hadnt gotten hurt, would I have won more medals? Would I have won the all-around? Thats just human nature.When I realized my Olympics was over, I was so disappointed. I was moping a lot. My dad kept telling me that, in his mind, Id won seven gold medals. You have to be content with what transpired. Were so proud of you, he said. As a parent now, I get it. He was finding the silver lining. But as a gymnast, your world is very little. Youre in a bubble. I couldnt see it.Twenty years later, I wish I had basked in the glory more. Instead of standing in the medal ceremony thinking, Why did I get hurt? Why did this have to happen to me? I should have been thinking, Wow. We won team gold. Let me enjoy this attention. Now that Im a mom, its all I would want for my daughter.Twenty years later, with more experience, I have a different perspective about that day. It really was magical. Before that day, I was known as the girl who couldnt put it together when it counted, who worked hard and always faltered. It is extremely significant that I put it together when it counted most.Now, when Im in situations I dont know if I can deal with, I tell myself, youre a lot stronger than you think. You have to push yourself day in and day out. You never know how one moment will impact you. I can look back now and say it was awesome I was able to pull that vault off.That vault changed me and changed my life for the better. Chris Board Jersey . Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursdays opening training session. Patrick Mekari Jersey . 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Kent 148 for 7 (Denly 51, Howell 3-29) beat Gloucestershire 145 for 8 (Klinger 42, Howell 37) by three runsScorecard Gloucestershires run of success in the NatWest T20 Blast South Group ended with a three-run defeat by Kent in a dramatic finish at Bristol.The visitors posted what seemed a moderate 148 for seven after losing the toss, having been given a decent start by openers Joe Denly (51) and Tom Latham. Benny Howell claimed three for 29, while Andrew Tye conceded only 19 from his four overs.In reply, Gloucestershire could manage only 145 for eight, despite 42 from Michael Klinger and Benny Howells rapid 37. Kagiso Rabada (1 for 19) and David Griffiths (2 for 22) were the pick of the Kent attack.The hosts needed 16 off the last over, begun by Mitchell Claydon, but finished by Griffiths after the Australian has been ordered out of the attack for a second no-ball full toss above waist height.Kent skipper Sam Northeast said: Mitchell Claydon was supposed to pitch the ball halfway down the pitch in the final over so Im not sure what went wrong. It was a greasy ball, which obviously slipped out of his hand, and these things happen.Fortunately David Griffiths had a couple of overs left so we were able to turn to him. He has been a death bowler for us so he was a good guy to have up our sleeves.As against Somerset last night, we were slightly disappointed with our score, but the bowlers have done the business for us. Now the aim is to win our last three group games and see where it takes us.The start of the match saw Denly help himself to early sixes off Matt Taylors first and second over, but Gloucestershire bowled well in the powerplay, with Liam Norwell bowling three overs for 19, to restrict their visitors to 46 without loss after six overs.Even so, Kent looked to have laid the foundation for a decent total when with the total on 57 in the eighth over Latham was caught at deep mid-wicket off Howell.Denly went on to a 33-ball half-century, with four sixes and two fours, before getting an under-edge to Tye and beeing bowled with the score on 94 in the 12th over. Gus Edwards Jersey. It proved a turning point as Howell, Tye and left-arm spinner Tom Smith put the squeeze on Kent. Only 17 runs were added in the next four overs, which saw the demise of Sam Northeast and Alex Blake.A brief Darren Stevens cameo of 20 off ten balls was the best the visitors could manage and their total looked below par in good batting conditions.Gloucestershire made a poor start chasing the modest target when Hamish Marshall was run out for a single by a smart piece of fielding from Kagiso Rabada off his own bowling.Ian Cockbain was struck on the helmet by Rabada before being bowled for eight by a good delivery from Mitch Claydon. At the end of the powerplay Gloucestershire were 37 for 2, but Rabada had bowled three of the six overs, clearly in an attempt to remove danger-man Klinger.The Gloucestershire captain looked well set in the 12th over when a leg-side wide from James Treadwell saw him stumped by Sam Billings. At the end of that over the hosts were 74 for 3.Howell went straight on the attack, blasting a straight six and a four off the next over from Fabian Cowdrey. With Chris Dent already going well, it was the impetus Gloucestershire needed.Dent went for 28 to an injudicious scoop shot off Griffiths that saw him glove through to Billings and at 104 for 4 in the 15th over the game was still in the balance.Kent took control when Kieran Noema-Barnett was caught at mid-on off Claydon and Gareth Roderick was bowled by a full ball from Griffiths.Rabada returned to bowl Tye with the second ball of the penultimate over, but drama ensued when Claydons first delivery of the last over slipped and he had to hand over to Griffiths.That drama continued as Howell, was caught off another no-ball for height, only to be run out as he tried to claim a second run. Griffiths then held his nerve and the home side fell agonisingly short. ' ' '