I’m going to break the rules a little for this post by naming a group of athletes instead of just one, because let’s be honest, it’s not like we even name a random athlete each month (we skipped September and December off the top of my head). I don’t even know why we call it “of the month” anymore. But we do. We barely even got it posted before the month ended. Anyway, without further ado, let’s take a look at January’s Korked Bats Random Athlete(s) of the Month:
Women’s Gymnastics Team
Arguably the the greatest gymnist the United States has ever produced, Shannon Miller racked up a total of 16 World Championships and Olympic Medals between 1991 and 1996. Interestingly that’s almost as much as I had accomplished by the time I turned 19.
- Born in Missouri
- Accused of infidelity with a married male athlete and divorced in 2006
- Recently founded the Shannon Miller Foundation dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Unfortunately, Mark Mangino didn’t fall below the age limit.
- Currently a lawyer.
Early in her career, Moceanu’s hallmarks were daring tricks on the balance beam and spunky, inspired presentations on the floor. She evolved into a more elegant and mature style later in her career. How do I know this? Wikipedia. I have no idea what I’m talking about.
- Born in Hollywood, California
- Sued her parents over earnings (awkward)
- Married to a doctor and has 2 kids
- Wrote an autobiography that reached seventh on the NY Times’ Best Sellers List
- Probably suffers from chronic headaches
- Currently coaches gymnastics (shocker)
Considered by many (or just me) to be the Jackie Robinson of gymnastics, Dominique was the first black person of any nationality to win an individual or team gold medal in gymnastics. She won both. Dawes was also the only member of the ’96 team to have all eight of her scores count towards the total. She’s not only the Jackie Robinson of the sport, she’s apparently the Bo Jackson too. The girl does it all!
- Born in Maryland
- Appeared in Prince’s music video “Betcha By Golly Wow” and Missy Elliott’s “We Run This”. Two of my all time favorites
- Served as President of the Women’s Sports Federation from 2004-2006
- Currently a motivational speaker and serves on the Advisory Board of Sesame Workshop’s “Healthy Habits for Life”. I have no idea what that is but it sounds much too boring to waste time looking up.
- Also models bath towels
How could we ever forget the heart and determination of Kerri Strug during the ’96 Olympics. After seriously injuring her ankle, Kerri was able to perform the vault with grace helping the U.S. clinch the Gold Medal. Her efforts definitely did not go unrecognized by the country as she became a hero across the land. After her performance in the Olympics, Strug met Bill Clinton (what female didn’t in the 90’s?), appeared on just about every talk show, made the cover of Sports Illustrated, was mocked on Saturday Night Live, and coolest of all, appeared in a SportsCenter commercial.
- Born in Arizona
- Worked as an elementary school teacher
- Currently a presidential appointee in the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. I always thought this guy was in charge of that.
- Sounds like a mouse
- Still loves America
I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure Amy Chow hypnotized the entire world in to believing she was supposed to be on the United States team when really she was supposed to be competing for China. Hey, I’ll take it. She was so good they named two moves after her, “Chow/Khorkina” & “Chow II”. Those are among my favorite moves in all of gymnastics.
- Born in California (or so she says)
- Oozes with style
- An accomplished pianist
- Currently a licensed physician and surgeon
- Other than that she hasn’t really been very successful
I really don’t remember this girl being on the team. Therefore I don’t feel the need to reminisce about her contributions.
See “Amanda Borden”.