Kerri is a two-time Olympian and gold medalist. She was the youngest Olympian at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain at age 14. After four more years of hard work and training, she captured America’s spirit at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. As the team competition neared its end, Kerri was up last on vault. After shocking spectators by falling and injuring her ankle on her first vault, she managed to stick the landing on her second vault before collapsing in pain, helping to secure gold for the American team. It was a moment that landed Kerri on the front page of newspapers around the world and catapulted her into the spotlight. She was only eighteen years old.
Kerri’s passion for gymnastics was sparked when she was very young. She did flips and somersaults from the time she was four years old, following in the footsteps of her older brother and sister. Kerri steadily moved up the gymnastics ladder, but it wasn’t until 1990 that she decided to make a tremendous sacrifice for her dream. At 13, Kerri moved away from her home in Tucson, Arizona, leaving behind her family to train with world-famous coach Bela Karolyi in Houston, Texas. It was a difficult move, but it put Kerri squarely on the path to the Olympic Games and to achieving gold.
Today Kerri splits her time between Arizona and Washington, D.C. In her free time Kerri enjoys running marathons, working with charities, traveling the world for special events, and cheering on young athletes as they go after their own dreams.
Fitness Magazine Named Kerri’s Visa ad one of the 10 most motivating. Thanks!
“I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Kerri at the YMCA in Manchester, NH today as she was doing a PSA. I just wanted to let you and she know that you have done an excellent job in raising a decent and caring individual! Kerri and I commiserated a bit about our similar injuries (I was the lady who was on the rowing machine who had broken her leg in Italy last year while on vacation with my husband and son) and she was genuinely interested in speaking to me and making a connection with me as another human being. Bravo to her and to you for helping her to stay so grounded in the real world when the contagion of celebrity is all about. I truly enjoyed my brief encounter with your daughter and commend you and she for her humanity–it is a refreshing change in a world gone mad for fame. Please send her my regards.”