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1996 gold medal gymnast to visit Waynesboro

July 23, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Kerri Strug vaulted into the international spotlight on an injured ankle in the 1996 Olympic Games. In September - 18 years and three Summer Olympics later - Strug will land in Waynesboro for a special event at Rainbow Gymnastics.

"She's going to take part in a clinic for children," said Leslie Vickery, office manager with Rainbow Gymnastics on Pa. 16.

Strug will work with students on the floor, then join them for lunch on Sept. 13. She'll deliver a motivational speech during that time and answer questions, too, Vickery said.

"We're celebrating National Gymnastics Day that day," she said.

Vickery said she contacted several famous gymnasts for the event and reached Strug through her official Web site.

"Mary Lou Retton was my first choice, no offense," Vickery said with a laugh.

Strug's scheduled appearance has generated a buzz in the regional gymnastics community.

"We've had other gyms that said they're going to come," Vickery said.

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The event, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is open to the public. A $40 fee covers the clinic and lunch.

For more information, call Rainbow Gymnastics at 717-762-0448.

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