Kerri Strug helped the U.S. women’s gymnastic team take home Olympic gold in 1996 with her flawless vault, made even more incredible by the fact that she did it on an injured ankle. (Wow, has it really been 16 years??!) Now, even greater adventures are ahead: She’s a new mother!
People just announced yesterday that Kerri gave birth to a son back on March 1. Little Tyler William Fischer is the first child for her and her husband, Robert Fischer III.
Now that she’s had a few months to settle into her forever-changed life, Kerri compares the parenting experience to being on the Olympic team – an appropriate observation so close to the Summer Games in London.
“Everyone tells you, ‘When you have a child, you’ll understand,'” the gold medalist tells the magazine. “It’s kind of like my gymnastics training when people said, ‘Dreams come true, anything’s possible.’ You hear these things and you really want to believe them, but you don’t quite get it until you go through it.”
She adds that the realization hit the moment she laid eyes on her little boy and fell instantly in love.
At 34, Kerri’s balance-beam and parallel-bar days are far behind her. (Gymnasts’ careers are notoriously short; Shawn Johnson had to give up her comeback dreams last week at the ripe old age of 20 because of knee surgery.) But she’ll be crossing the pond this summer to help cheer on the USA as part of the Hilton HHonors Support the Dream campaign, which allows fans to send messages to athletes and become eligible for prizes.
More info on Kerri and her baby boy will be coming later today. Can’t wait!
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