Olympian Kerri Strug: Cheers from home important to athletes

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Kerri Strug and Mary Lou Retton By Catherine Holland Kerri Strug and Mary Lou Retton By Catherine Holland
Kerri Strug 1996 Olympics By Catherine Holland Kerri Strug 1996 Olympics By Catherine Holland
Kerri Strug 1996 Olympics By Catherine Holland Kerri Strug 1996 Olympics By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Kerri Strug's quintessential Olympic moment was one most people will remember for years to come.

It was 1996 and Atlanta was the host city. Strug, then 17, landed her final vault practically on one foot to help Team USA, dubbed the Magnificent 7, bring home team gold for the first time ever. Her score clinched it.

In making sure her team was atop the podium, she badly injured her ankle. That injury knocked her out of the event finals and individual all-around competition.

Strug, now 34, is in London for the Games. She's been where this year's team is and she knows just how much support from home can help.

"It makes a huge difference," two-time Olympian Strug said. "Those cheers mean a lot to us athletes once we get here to the Olympic Games."

Strug, who is from Tucson, explained that those of us not in London can still cheer on the athletes with the help of Hilton Honors.

For each good luck message posted to the website HHonors.com/SupportTheDream (that double H is not a typo), HHonors will donate $1 up to $250,000 of amenities to help improve the US Olympic training facilities.  You can also enter for a chance to win a trip to London to cheer the team on in person.

HHonors.com/SupportTheDream