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

  • Northug leads Norway to men's relay gold at Nordic worlds

    FALUN, Sweden (AP) -- Petter Northug led Norway to victory Friday in the men's cross-country relay for the fifth straight time at the Nordic skiing world championships. … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
  • Real's Bale back in training before Villarreal clash

    Real's Bale back in training before Villarreal clash

    MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has returned to training with his team mates as he continues his recovery from a minor ankle problem, the La Liga leaders said on Friday. Bale had been absent from training this week after taking a … More »

    Reuters - 16 minutes ago
  • Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18

    Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England. A FIFA task force this week … More »

    AP - Sports - 24 minutes ago
  • 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18, says Blatter

    2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18, says Blatter

    By Mike Collett BELFAST (Reuters) - The World Cup final in Qatar in 2022 should be played no later than Dec. 18, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Blatter, who arrived in Northern Ireland for this weekend's International Football … More »

    Reuters - 28 minutes ago
  • City will have edge over fatigued Liverpool, says Pellegrini

    City will have edge over fatigued Liverpool, says Pellegrini

    Manchester City have will have the edge over Liverpool when the sides meet at Anfield because of the Merseysiders' gruelling Europa League efforts, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday. Liverpool were dumped out of Europe's second-tier … More »

    Reuters - 30 minutes ago