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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Strug Locates Agent

ATLANTA () -- Gymnast Kerri Strug, whose heartbreak vault when injured set the Atlanta Games alight, has signed with a sports agent who could put her in the millionaire class.

Marketing experts said Strug, whose courage helped the U.S. women's team win their first Olympic gold, could earn up to $5 million from commercial endorsements.

The 18-year-old told USA Today on Friday that she had signed with agent Leigh Steinberg.

"I feel good about the decision. It's a big change in my life," Strug told the paper.

"I remember the impact Mary Lou [Retton, the 1984 Olympic champion] had on me. It's a dream come true. I hope I can be the next Mary Lou," she said. Strenberg said of his new client: "When the country needed a shot in the arm, this young athlete comes along and gives us one."