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Mary Lou Retton- "As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given". First American to win the all-around gymnastics title at the 1984 Olympics in LA.Also took home medals in 4 other events in those Games: silver in team competition and vault, bronze in uneven bars & floor exercise, & was named SI's "Sportswoman of the Year." Photo: Andy Hayt/SI

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The quintessential ice dance by the legendary Torvill & Dean dancing to Bolero in the 1984 Olympics (Sarajevo). The only couple to score 6.0 from all judges, they won the gold medal. This still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. And the location in Sarajevo is poignant - the crowning moment for a city about to be plunged into destruction.

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1984 - Mary Lou Retton

FROM THE PAST ~ 1984 - Mary Lou Retton Gymnastics, Los Angeles Summer Olympics Mary Lou Retton took first in overall, women's gymnastics, at the 1984 Olympics.

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Valerie Brisco-Hooks with her son Alvin Jr. at the 1984 Olympic trials.  Valerie would go on to win three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

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Mary Lou Retton captured America's heart during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, when she became the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around title. She scored perfect 10s on both her vault and floor routines, launching her by .05 of a point to take gold. That year, Retton was named Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman of the Year.

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@London2012 Greatest Olympic picture? Coe, Cram, Ovett -it's now Lord Coe and he runs the show!

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