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Olympian Kerri Strug on Her Daughter’s Love of Gymnastics: I Will Be ‘Supportive’ of Whatever She Chooses

09/28/2015 at 08:30 AM ET

Kerri Strug was 18 years old when she made history for her heroic vault that won the U.S. gymnastics team gold at the 1996 Olympics.

Now 37, Strug is a mother of two and her daughter Alayna Madaleine, 14 months, has just begun a “movers and shakers” kiddie class. Might there be a future gymnast in the works?

“She does seem to really like doing board rolls and things like that, she has a lot of energy,” Strug told PEOPLE while celebrating Epson’s EcoTank “Swimming in Ink” event with the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team, which took place in New York City on Thursday.

She adds, “But I want it to be up to her in whatever she chooses to do, I want to be supportive.”

Kerri Strug
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Kerri Strug Welcomes Daughter Alayna Madaleine

07/10/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Kerri Strug Welcomes Daughter Alayna Madaleine Courtesy Kerri Strug

It’s a golden girl for Kerri Strug!

The two-time Olympic medalist and husband Robert Fischer welcomed their second child, daughter Alayna Madaleine, on Thursday, June 26, the former gymnast tells PEOPLE.

Born at 8:08 a.m., Alayna weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz and measured 19.25 inches long. She joins big brother Tyler William, 2, at home.

“Robert and I are so proud of our family. We were so excited to give Tyler a sibling a couple of weeks ago, especially a baby sister,” says Strug.

“Alayna is beautiful and doing well.  She is a good baby with a healthy appetite. We know she is going to follow in her big brother’s footsteps and be independent, funny and extremely active before we know it!”

Strug — who rose to fame at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, when she courageously stuck her vault landing with a third-degree lateral sprain — and her husband, an attorney, were married in April 2010.
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