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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


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.


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.


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.


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