Injuries in sport –
they’re unavoidable. For an athlete, injuries are part of
life, but when they strike at the Olympic Games, they can put
careers and legacies in jeopardy. Sometimes, pushing through the pain
barrier is the only way to win a medal, but when it’s gold at
stake, anything goes. US gymnast Kerri Strug made her first Olympic Games
appearance in 1992. Standing at just
1 metre and 41 centimetres, Strug’s tiny frame contained
a tough, experienced competitor. She was part of the team that won
a bronze medal in the All-Around behind Romania and the Unified Team
of former Soviet republics. Serious injuries plagued the next
few years of Strug’s career but at the 1996 Games
in Atlanta she was back and ready for another shot
at that elusive gold medal. She was a member of the US team, led by Béla Károlyi, a coach famous for
the incredible physical demands that he placed on his athletes. For decades, the event had been
dominated by the USSR. In 1996, it was a strong field, with the Russian and Romanian teams emerging as the main contenders. After a closely fought contest, the US was leading going into
the final event, the vault. It was down to 14-year-old
Dominique Moceanu to seal the win. She needed to score 9.430 to secure the gold for the US. Maybe it was too much pressure
for such a young girl. It wasn’t enough. Kerri was left
to pick up the pieces. The crowd was on its feet… ..but Kerri wasn’t. Just like Moceanu, she couldn’t stick the landing. The bad news didn’t end there. Strug had heard a snap. Strug had torn
two ligaments in her ankle. In normal circumstances, that would
mean the end of her Olympic Games. The US needed
one last solid vault to seal the nation’s first-ever gold
medal in the Team All-Around. Kerry wasn’t ready to go home
with a silver medal and neither was Béla Károlyi. He told Strug they needed her to
go one more time to ensure their victory against the Russians. She prepared for
her second and final vault. All eyes were on her as she sprinted down the runway. The US had their first gold medal in the Team All-Around. The sheer determination
and heart shown by Strug had secured her place
in Olympic history. The team went home as heroes but it was Strug who had
provided the iconic moment. Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.

Kerri Strug’s Unforgettable Determination to Win Gymnastics Olympic Gold | Strangest Moments
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100 thoughts on “Kerri Strug’s Unforgettable Determination to Win Gymnastics Olympic Gold | Strangest Moments

  • April 6, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    This motivates me sooo freaking much I cry every time

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  • April 7, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    I cried, so impressive, (from iran with love)

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  • April 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    Great courage and has tremendous love for her country….hats off to her….

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  • April 8, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    Too much pressure for a 14 yr old. Disgusting.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    i couldn't help but notice that very pretty black girl

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  • April 10, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    God she's hot

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  • April 11, 2019 at 3:44 am
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    I cant imagine how much pain she had to endure to run and jump all that

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  • April 11, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    I remember watching this omg I was so amazed

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  • April 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Just hearing her story almost made me lost my consciousness

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  • April 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    650 trash usa always number 1 losers

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  • April 12, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    An athlete’s determination and mind-set……. wow 💕

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  • April 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    Some of y’all never played a sport,and it shows….

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  • April 13, 2019 at 7:20 am
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    I can't even believe that Dominique Moceanu is 14 Years old.

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  • April 13, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    Everybody thought she was so cool because she “landed on 1 foot” but like she landed on both feet but then pt her other one up.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Bruh pain is temporary ok you could have your legs paralyze that's pain DUDE PAIN IS NOT TEMPORARY 😄😂🤔

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  • April 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    3:08 You can see the woman on the left with a slight smile of victory and joy that she made it.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    i actually felt the pain

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  • April 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    This comments are f`in embarrassing

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  • April 15, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Me lembro desse salto…. Foi sensacional..

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  • April 16, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    She won when she like almost or like BROKE HER WHOLE LEG AND EVERYONE IS SCREAMING YASSSSS

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  • April 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    3:38 is that finland's flag?!?! 🇫🇮Suomi❤️

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  • April 18, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    wow. that it some good determination!

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  • April 20, 2019 at 11:54 pm
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    USA's coach, Bella Carolyi, is Romanian and trained Nadia Comaneci. 💗

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  • April 23, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    She didn't even cry When she was injured she's so brave And she did it again with such a painful injury.Even if some pain is temporary they shouldn't have forced such a young girl to risk her health.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    Wen this happend???

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  • May 2, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    OMG everyone in the comments is so annoying
    No she's not going to go home. This is what's she's trained for. This is what she loves. This is what she was born to do, so let her do it.

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  • May 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    The real life karate kid!

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  • May 2, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    Нормальная такая пропаганда!

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  • May 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    So her determination is a strange moment? She should probably have killed herself instead of trying at all 😂

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  • May 3, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    Why are Russians being portrayed as villains in this …? Lol😂🤭

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  • May 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    Y’all if she truly wasn’t happy with what she was doing, if she truly hated it she wouldn’t have stuck that landing

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  • May 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    This is touchy

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  • May 11, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    I am a gymnast, and I do competitions, I would probably do the same, for my team

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  • May 13, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    Why i have never seen this kind of video on Russians. Its always american who brings pride and joy??. Media biasness towards europe and US.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    I can imagine how much that hurts

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  • May 13, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    Why was there a 14 year old there?👀

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  • May 14, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    all the people here complaining arnt athletes and it shows

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  • May 14, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    This is just my opinion! I think she wouldn’t risk all her health for this. For me a life is worth more than a medal. But I’m proud that she did that

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  • May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    She Strug-gled with that leg.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    I'm going to Taekwondo, and I'm gonna break my leg, and win the gold medal match by Headkick KO.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    What a trooper. + She reminds me of me.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    I remember this I was in 6th grade that year I stayed up all night to watch it

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  • May 19, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    I shed a mental tear

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  • May 19, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    Why did I quit gymnastics

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  • May 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Does anyone know the music playing at 3:05

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  • May 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    Kerri was consistently criticized and ridiculed for being soft and weak, largely because of her numerous injuries over the years. Fitting that we now look at her as an example of dedication and bravery.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    I still remember watching this. She is a true champion. Her courageousness and determination is what the Olympics is about.

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  • May 27, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    Strug shouldn't have made the attempt. She risked her future mobility with that vault. It was her abusive coach who compelled her to do it.

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  • May 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    Like how the 14 year old failed epically and just nods like, "fair enough

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  • May 28, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    que orgullo esta chica!! y una afectada por correr 30 minutos jaja

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  • May 31, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    At 3:26 that’s infamous pedophile Larry Nassar carrying her off! (Barely concealed by the taller man in front of him.) It’s also a well known fact that the US did not need Strug to do this in order to win. Such an iconic moment of serious abuse. This video featuring the pedophile “doctor” and misleading information must be taken down IMMEDIATELY!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    They were already home.

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  • June 8, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    I was in that same thing I broke a leg and I still kept going

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  • June 9, 2019 at 3:33 am
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    I got to go to Bella’s camp and he HUGGED me!!!!!!!!

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  • June 9, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    Guys shes an athlete, it's what shes trained for. Just be happy and proud of her, I mean to have that much determination and dedication is so amazing!! I respect her so much for giving it another go even tho she knew it might be her last🤯❤❤❤❤

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  • June 12, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Bojack reminded us. (Season 5, episode 5)

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  • June 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    My friend did that to her ankle and didn't have a cast only crutches for only a month

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    They had to beat the rusians
    Romania:Am i a joke to you

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  • June 20, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    I hate how the crowd wasn't worried at all about her injury. It must hurt and these selfish humans just cheer and call her victory theirs. Smh

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    une sacrée femme

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  • June 21, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Gotta love child exploration!

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  • June 22, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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    حرامات وروح جدك حرامات بلكت عاش يارب يعيش😂😂😣😣🤲🤲

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  • June 24, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    That is one determined gymnast

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  • June 25, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    I remember this when it happened and I remember being in awe and proud. Now, I'm watching the victim impact statements of 165 women and girls (mostly gymnasts, including gold medalists) who were sexually assaulted and molested by Larry Nassar for more than 3 decades. They all get a chance to speak if they so choose. A great majority of them not only talk about what Larry did to them but what their coaches and organizations of gymnastics did to them. They were taught to obey and push through with a straight face even if they were about to pass out from the pain. After encouraging these gymnasts to push themselves to injury, these organizations referred them to Larry Nassar where they were further abused and sexually assaulted and because they were taught to stay silent even through pain, it took more that 3 decades for him to be charged. And that's why such a huge number of people were molested. MSU, Twistars, USAG and many other organizations are now being investigated as it was found that coaches and faculty knew of the abuse but covered it up. There is a very good chance Kerri saw Nassar for treatment as he was the star doctor of the team and went to all of the Olympics when they came around. It's not just gymnastics, I saw abuse whilst training as a Short Track Speedskater. Yes, motivation and determination and strength is important. But being able to speak out when you are in extreme pain or are being abused physically, verbally, sexually is far more important.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    I was so confused y the narrator said "it came down to" blah blah blah 3 TIMES!!!! LIKE IT ONLY COMES DOWN TO ONE PERSON. U DONT SAY IT COMES DOWN TO WHEN U HAVE 2 OTHER CHANCES AFTERWARDS

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  • June 27, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    Pain is temprary pride is forever.

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  • June 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    My hero🙏🌈🌈

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  • June 27, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    More like Kerri Struggle

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  • June 29, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    Ahi nos damos cuanta que E.U.A solo le importa los trofeos y no el disfrutar las compe

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  • June 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    Wahre Sportler♥️

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  • July 1, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    Now that's a hero
    amazing

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  • July 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    And yet, I never even heard of her. Nadia forever the best

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  • July 3, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    This is America

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  • July 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    "Pain is temporary, pride is forever" That's disgusting, no one should ever haver to do what she did injured, she might be a hero for some, but to me that's abuse

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  • July 3, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    My recollection despite the hype and media – her vault was not required. She still contributed to the gold medal for the US. As well I am not sure we should be admiring this. I don't want her an invalid but I am not sure all that risk was necessary or something to encourage. Maybe if she had been injured or not won gold it may have taught a lesson to future competitors. Its not always about competing sometime the real hero, the real brave one is when to say no. Look what happened to Kevin Durant in the NBA finals. Not everything ends up like a picture perfect story ending.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    Понимаю что смотрела ту же программу, но только в российской версии. Стэнд на который прыгают спортсменки был ниже поставленным нормам. Наша россиянка также вывихнула ногу, получив более сложную травму. Другие же отделавшись парами ушибами смогли прыгнуть дважды. Признаю, я бы не смогла прыгнуть во второй раз, на поврежденную ногу. Поэтому думаю, что это золото более чем заслужанное.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    It's the Olympics not a day care. If you fail you fail, there is no redos. He is a trainer for a reason, to push you to do your best. It doesn't matter if you're hurt, if you are capable of running that ramp then your trainer will push you run that ramp again. Grow up you snowflakes, that's what the Olympics are.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    YESSS she did it queeeeen

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  • July 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Best moment in all of sports

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  • July 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Estupida

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  • July 19, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    É de arrepiar

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:16 am
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    I remember this moment.. in live for TV .. i see un México.🤩 Moment this shock.. moment for history

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  • July 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    "Pain is temporary
    Pride is forever"

    Deep

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  • July 26, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    This so patriotism at its peek. When people still loves their country beyond words. Such level of love for your country and team unites nations. Now, sports is getting more and more political. Sad really.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 8:23 am
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    This is honestly so so wrong to be uploaded.. and the last sentence "Pain is temporary, Pride is forever" yeah.. well… the faces of the judges say it all.. this is just abusive.. nthing else

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  • July 30, 2019 at 8:33 am
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    That is one of the most badass things I’ve ever seen

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  • July 30, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    Legend 😍

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    this makes me proud to be an american somehow?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    "Pain is temporary, glory is forever."

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  • August 1, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    This is me 😰😭 nice to see the girl will give another chance

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  • August 3, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    Yeah, but let's not forget that that last jump destroyed her whole career…

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  • August 3, 2019 at 12:31 am
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    To anyone saying that she did the right decision:
    They got abused (mentally, and physically and sexually).
    They got brainwashed.
    And it was the wrong decision. Why? They had many shots left for other golds.
    Do you know what happened TO Kerri Strug after this? She never competed or did gymnastics ever again. Her leg was destroyed and useless.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    This is nothing, hockey players play through injuries all the time.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    She sacrificed her whole currier just to get one win for our country 😢

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  • August 6, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    She worked her entire life to get to this point. A broken bone was NOT going to stop her from getting her team that gold!

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    Some of y’all aren’t dedicated athletes and it shows

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    Iam surprised she didn't have a Stroke!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    The pain on her face when she landed the second time hurt my soul but the important thing is that she's happy

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    That's the price for glory

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