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Magnificent Seven to highlight Parade of Olympians at gymnastics trials

Kerri Strug

23 Jul 1996: Kerri Strug of the USA waves to the crowd from the winners podium after injuring her ankle during her routine at the Georgia Dome in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

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Earlier this year, USA Gymnastics invited all 198 of its living Olympians and Olympic alternates to convene for a reunion at the U.S. Olympic women’s team trials July 8-10 in San Jose, Calif. Around 130 are expected to attend.

Featured among that group will be the Magnificent Seven: Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug. The darlings of the 1996 Atlanta Games, they were the first female gymnasts from the U.S. to capture the Olympic team gold medal.

Many of the women became household names around the country, especially Strug. Her vault performance on an injured ankle remains etched in many minds, including many Olympians’.

Borden and Strug said earlier this year that they don’t think all seven of their teammates have been together since 2008, when the Magnificent Seven was honored during a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction. They were hoping to reunite at least once in 2016 to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their triumphant achievement, and now they will.

A Parade of Olympians will take place in San Jose on July 9, and is expected to also include past Olympic champions Tim Daggett, Mary Lou Retton, Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team will be announced July 10.

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