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“The Magnificent Seven” celebrate 20 Years
July 24, 2016
20 years ago, seven American women walked into the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., for the women’s team finals at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The women, greeted by the thunderous applause of the partisan crowd of more than 32,000 fans, went on to win the first-ever Olympic team gold medal in women’s gymnastics for Team USA.
The team, dubbed the ‘Magnificent Seven,’ was a mix of Olympic veterans, seasoned competitors and newcomers, made up of team captain Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug.
It was the perfect storm of history and sports drama. Amid uncertainty at the top of the standings, Strug landed the last vault of the competition on one leg, ensuring the Americans the gold medal and a special place in gymnastics history.
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