She inspired millions when, at the age of 18, Kerri Strug shocked spectators at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta when she landed her 2nd vault, on a severely injured ankle, to help secure the Olympic gold medal for the American gymnastics team. And, well, she hasn’t stopped inspiring since then. In fact, she currently works with charities, travels the world for special events, and cheers on young athletes to go after their dreams. Oh, and she runs marathons in her spare time (that’s what we all do with our spare time, right?!). Impressive? We think so! Inspiring? Absolutely! A Real Beauty? Well, we think so, but you be the judge!
We sat down with Kerri Strug to talk about Real Beauty…
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
Each and every one of us knows what our best core traits are. I think people are beautiful when they share and celebrate their best with everyone else. And if you think for a second about someone you know when they looked beautiful – they’re probably smiling in your mental picture. A good reminder for us all.
How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
Although we all multitask every minute of the day, our mental confidence battles cannot be fought on both sides. In the fight between our doubts and our confidence, the side that wins is the side we chose to focus on. So I remind myself to stop thinking too much about who I should be as opposed to who I am.
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Drink more water and less soda. Get more sleep.
What is your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Cetaphil face cleanser is my best ally. I travel a lot and am always on the go; but using Cetaphil every night keeps my skin balanced, fresh, and healthy.