GYMNASTICS: KERR STRUGI'S LEAP OF FAITH

WITH STRUG'S DRAMATIC FINALE, U.S. GYMNASTS PROVE THEY'VE COME OF AGE

Kerri Strug was known as the quiet member of the U.S. gymnastics team, overshadowed by media darlings like five-time Olympic medal winner Shannon Miller and 14-year-old phenom Dominique Moceanu. Strug, 18, is the sensitive one, the worrier, the one most attuned to the feelings of her teammates. She remembers birthdays and sends notes. When Amanda Borden was going through physical problems, it was Strug who perked her up by sending cards. She's a team player.

So it was fitting that Strug's moment of Olympic glory was the storybook climax to one of the most brilliantly managed team efforts in U.S. Olympics...

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