Today marks sixteen years exactly since the Magnificent Seven won the first-ever team gold medal in women’s gymnastics for the American squad. No United States team had ever placed first before 1996, and no team has won gold since these seven girls took Atlanta by storm and Kerri Strug landed the vault heard ‘round the world.
Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, and of course Kerri Strug, have all come a long way since their gold medal days. Among them they are mothers and doctors; one is a cancer survivor, and many are still involved in the sport of gymnastics today. They were a unit so many fans can be proud of; their accomplishments hold solid even generations beyond their competitive years.
Happy anniversary, Mag7! You’re an inspiration to us all!
whyyy were the 1996 Olympics SO PERFECT?! even the heartbreak was perfect! sigh,there will never be another like it.