What's buzzing:

Kerri Strug: U.S. gymnastics' conquering hero of the Olympic ideal

Yahoo Sports

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well." – Baron Pierre de Coubertin, considered the father of the modern Olympic Games."

The irony of Kerri Strug's moment of a lifetime is that it wasn't necessary. As it turned out, the final Russian faltered in her floor exercise, rendering Strug's second vault meaningless in the box score. Thankfully she didn't know it at the time, because what Strug did in Atlanta in 1996 is the most perfect example of the Olympic ideal, and it's why sport will forever be the ultimate reality show.

View photo

.

Kerri Strug became a mom to Tyler in March. (Yahoo! Sports)

The moment reads like a Hollywood script: USA vs. Russia, gold medal on the line, one team (the U.S.) about to choke away a lead with just one gymnast left, only she's just sprained her ankle. It was high drama being played out on live television in front of a worldwide audience:  Strug standing at the foot of the runway on one good leg and one gimpy one, the gregarious Bela Karolyi urging her on, telling her she could do it even though no one knew if she could run, spring and land on that injured left ankle.

And then, without hesitation, she was off. She ran, she sprung, she landed, she lifted her tender left ankle in the air as she turned on one leg to salute the judges.

9.712.

She'd done it – she'd clinched the United States' first Olympic gold medal ever in the women's team competition, and with room to spare.

De Coubertin would have been proud. Strug had taken part and she fought well. That she conquered, too, well, that's why some people will talk about Kerri Strug forever.

Other Summer Olympic Memorable Moments on Yahoo! Sports:
Usain Bolt's wow moment
Nadia Comăneci didn't think she was perfect, even if '10s' proved otherwise
Mark Spitz's seven golds: Part coronation, part redemption

  • Golf-Europe captain Koch heaps Solheim pressure on U.S.

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) - Europe's Solheim Cup skipper Carin Koch believes all the pressure will be on opposite number Juli Inkster and her United States side at the biennial team event in Germany in September. Koch was involved … More »

    Reuters - 7 minutes ago
  • Mayweather v Pacquiao packs a pricey pay-per-view punch

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday's boxing mega-match "ridiculous." It's a price that he and millions … More »

    Reuters - 16 minutes ago
  • Retirement not on the agenda for Frank Williams

    Retirement not on the agenda for Frank Williams

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Frank Williams has no plans to retire from the Formula One team he founded in 1977 and is under no pressure to do so, his daughter Claire has said. Now 73, Williams has been quadriplegic and in a wheelchair since … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 20 minutes ago
  • Lokeren's Mertens 'critical' after collapsing on pitch

    (Reuters) - Belgium under-21 international Gregory Mertens is critically ill in hospital after collapsing on the pitch during a reserve team match for Sporting Lokeren, his club said. The match against Genk was 15 minutes old when Mertens … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 21 minutes ago
  • Qatari Al Mohannadi withdraws from FIFA Exco race

    Qatari Al Mohannadi withdraws from FIFA Exco race

    Qatar Football Association vice-president Saud Al Mohannadi has pulled out of elections for a place on the FIFA executive committee, saying West Asia should support one candidate. Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 45 minutes ago