USA Gymnastics's 'Magnificent 7' -- Where Are They Now?

The Magnificent Seven flipped, flew, and vaulted into our hearts during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. They became the first female US gymnasts to ever win a team gold medal, beating the Russians and sending Americans into a frenzy.


The triumphant gymnasts' pictures were everywhere at the time, including on Wheaties boxes. Finding them today isn't as easy. Just in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, we've got the scoop on what your favorite USA gymnasts dubbed "The Magnificent Seven" are up to now. 


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  • Kerri Strug -- Then

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    Strug didn't start out as one of the team's most famous members, but a dramatic, victory-clinching vault turned her into an instant celebrity. The Russian team was trailing the Americans going into vault, the last event. Strug badly sprained her ankle on her first vault, but pushed through the pain, completing a successful vault before collapsing in pain -- and securing the team gold. Coach Bela Karolyi famously carried her to the medal podium. 

  • Kerri Strug -- Now

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    Strug married in 2010 and she and her husband have two kids. She helps keep US teens springing in the right direction as a program manager in the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention. 

  • Shannon Miller -- Then

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    Miller was one of Team USA's biggest stars, having earned two silver medals and three bronze medals at the 1992 Games. She led her teammates to victory in 1996 with strong performances, and won gold on beam -- becoming the first US gymnast to do so. 

  • Shannon Miller – Now


    Miller, now married with two kids, remains one of the most decorated gymnasts in US history. After retiring from the sport, she earned a law degree. In 2010, she launched Shannon Miller Lifestyle, a company focused on women's health and fitness. Miller battled ovarian cancer publicly in 2011 and is now cancer-free. She is a motivational speaker and an Olympics commentator and analyst. 

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  • Dominique Moceanu -- Then

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    Moceanu, the youngest member of the team, was America's sweetheart of the Games. The pint-sized powerhouse won comparisons to decorated gymnast Nadia Comaneci. She dazzled the crowd with her energetic floor routine set to "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Moceanu attempted a comeback for the 2000 Olympic Games, but was sidelined by an injury. 

  • Dominique Moceanu -- Now

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    Moceanu married in 2006 and has two children. She tours the country as a motivational speaker and holds gymnastics camps and clinics. Moceanu sprang back into the news in 2007, when she found out she had a sister who had been given up for adoption at birth. 

  • Dominique Dawes -- Then

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    Dawes was an Olympic vet at the '96 Games, having won a team medal in 1992. Along with the Magnificent Seven's team gold, Dawes earned a bronze medal for her floor exercise, making her the first African-American gymnast to win an individual event. She went on to compete in the 2000 Olympics. The team came in fourth, but was awarded the bronze medal a decade later, after the Chinese team was disqualified. That made Dawes the only American gymnast to win a team medal in three Olympic Games. 

  • Dominique Dawes -- Now


    Dawes is a mom of two and a motivational speaker who holds gymnastics clinics nationwide. She is also co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, encouraging health and wellness for US kids and teens. 

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  • Jaycie Phelps -- Then

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    Phelps was known for her clean lines and consistency. She was the first US athlete to compete on the uneven bars at the 1996 Games, and got the Magnificent Seven off on the right foot with a strong performance. Phelps retired after winning the team gold, made a brief comeback in 1999, and then retired for good the next year due to a chronic knee injury. 

  • Jaycie Phelps -- Now


    Phelps (far right) recently met up with some of her Magnicent Seven teammates (from left, Dominique Moceanu, Amy Chow, and Amanda Borden) to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their team victory. Phelps opened an athletic center in Indiana in 2010 and is head coach there. 

  • Amanda Borden -- Then

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    Borden's teammates voted her team captain for the 1996 Games. She competed on beam and floor exercise and was known for her mature demeanor and for encouraging the Magnificent Seven to victory. 

  • Amanda Borden -- Now


    Borden earned a degree in early childhood education after retiring from gymnastics. Now a mom, she owns two gymnastic academies in Arizona. Borden is also a gymnastics and cheerleading commentator for networks including CBS, Fox Sports, and ESPN. 

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  • Amy Chow -- Then

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    The fearless Chow performed some of the team's most difficult routines, including on uneven bars. The media dubbed her "the Trickster." Along with the team gold, Chow took home a silver medal on the uneven bars at the '96 games. She returned to the Olympics in 2000, earning a team bronze medal a decade later for those Games after the third-place Chinese squad was disqualified. 

  • Amy Chow -- Now

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    Chow headed for Stanford University after retiring from gymnastics and earned a medical degree. The married Chow is now a pediatrician in California. 

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