Here’s What The 1996 USA Women’s Gymnasts Look Like Now
Back in 1996, the United States Olympic women’s gymnastic team became legends within their own sport.
The seven ladies; Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden, and Jaycee Phelps became the first ever gold medal winners for the United States in the women’s team competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
The most iconic moment from the team is arguably when Kerri Strug still managed to land on a vault despite having a serious injury.
Here is what the Magnificent Seven are up to now after a life of gymnastics:
Shannon Miller in 1996:
Miller ended up with 16 total medals during her career in the Olympics and World Championships, including two gold medals in 1996.
Shannon Miller now:
Miller graduated with a law degree from Boston College, but opted not to take the bar exam. In 2011 she wrote a memoir about her fight with ovarian cancer, but she now has a clean bill of health and is married with two children.
Amanda Borden in 1996:
Borden, who was 19 at the time of the Atlanta games, was the captain of that year’s team.
Amanda Borden now:
Borden currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she has opened her own gym to teach gymnastics.
Jaycie Phelps in 1996:
The 1996 games were Phelps’ first and only Olympics, as she failed to qualify in 2000 in part due to a knee injury.
Jaycie Phelps now:
Phelps, like Borden, also opened up her own gym.
Kerri Strug in 1996:
Strug became an Olympic hero after performing a vault with an injured ankle, helping to secure the gold medal for the U.S. team.
Kerri Strug now:
Strug worked as an elementary teacher for a short time before moving to Washington, DC, and starting a career in the public sector. She now lives in Arizona with her husband and two children.
Amy Chow in 1996:
In addition to the team gold, Chow also earned a silver medal in the uneven bars.
Amy Chow now:
Chow went on to compete in Sydney in 2000, where the U.S. team retroactively earned a bronze medal after the Chinese team was stripped of its medal in 2010 for falsifying the age of one of its members. Chow went on to complete medical school and now works as a paediatrician.
Dominique Moceanu in 1996:
At 15 years old, she was the youngest member of the Magnificent Seven. She qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2000, however could no longer participate because of a knee injury.
Dominique Moceanu now:
Dominique has published several children’s books about gymnasts as well as a short memoir. Shortly after her Olympic career, she filed for emancipation from her parents, alleging physical and mental abuse.
It was sadly later revealed that she had a sister who was given up for adoption when she was born, as she had no legs and could never be an Olympic gymnast.
Dominique Dawes in 1996:
Dawes was just 19-years-old at the time of the ‘96 Olympics, and was the first black athlete of any nationality or gender to win a gold medal in gymnastics – gaining her the moniker of “Awesome Awesome”.
Dominique Dawes now:
Dawes appeared in music videos various in the mid-’00s for Prince and Missy Elliot and appeared on Broadway in Grease.
In 2010, President Obama appointed the successful athlete as the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Magnificent Seven in 1996:
This is the magnificent seven 20 years ago…
Magnificent Seven now:
And here they are now, all grown up.
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