After Simone Biles pulled out of the Tokyo Olympic games 2021, viewers have begun comparing the situation to former gymnast Kerri Strug’s vault incident in 1996 which resulted in her broken leg.
Discover all you need to know about the problematic comparisons as we explore Twitter’s outrage along with providing information on what Kerri Strug is up to now and more!
Twitter compares Kerri Strug 1996 to Simone Biles’ 2021 Olympic games
Former gymnast Kerri Strug’s 1996 Olympic games resulted in her broken leg after she continued to compete on vault despite being injured.
Team USA now competes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games with well-regarded gymnast Simone Biles.
Following the announcement that Biles had decided to put her mental health first and pull out of the competition, viewers have begun comparing the two sporting scenarios.
Other previously injured athletes such as Kobe Bryant were mentioned within comparisons.
Some suggested that each act is courageous in its own right.
Others implied that Kerri Strug would be disappointed to see that Simone Biles decided to pull out.
Amongst the negative posts, many supporters invalidated the comparisons, stating that athletes should not risk catastrophic injury for entertainment or Olympic success.
Many disproved of the responses to Biles’ sensible decision, confirming that Strug only competed her final vault due to an incorrect score calculation.
Twitter users declared that watching people injure their bodies on live television is not a good thing…
Simone Biles was encouraged by many to make the correct decision benefitting her long-term health.
Suggestions stated that being a successful athlete requires knowing when to take risks and when to take care.
People were encouraged to stop making problematic comparisons online.
Where is the gymnast now?
As a former competitor herself, @kerristrug96 reached out to Simone Biles via Twitter by sending love to her and her team.
Strug congratulated Team USA on their silver medal win and respected them for their hard work and support.
So, other than keeping up with competitive artistic gymnastics, what else is Kerri Strug up to now?
Kerri Allyson Strug Fischer is a retired American gymnast from Tucson, Arizona.
Her website, strug.org, describes her as a two-time Olympian and gold medalist, as well as the youngest Olympian at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain at age 14.
Kerri’s well-remembered vaulting injury is also described as she fell and injured her ankle on her first vault, then managing to stick the landing on her second vault before collapsing in pain, helping to secure gold for the American team.
Strug recently accepted the Capital One Cup on behalf of Stanford Athletics.
Keep reading to discover more regarding Kerri’s online presence!
Meet @kerristrug96 on Instagram
@kerristrug96 currently has over 11,000 followers on Instagram to accompany more than 170 posts.
The former athlete often expresses immense love for her family, as a wife and mother to two children.
She previously wished her husband a happy Father’s Day from her daughter, Alayna and her son Tyler.
Kerri referred to her own father as the best dad and poppy.
On Mother’s day, Strug dedicated a post to her mum and her children’s nana.
Amongst heaps of content containing her family, Kerri often uploads throwback images, reminiscing on her days as a gymnast.
What’s more? Check out Kerry Strug over on Facebook!
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