Mary Lou Retton after a 10 in vault made her the first American woman to win all-around Olympic gold, 1984.

Mary Lou Retton after a 10 in vault made her the first American woman to win all-around Olympic gold, 1984.

Working hard becomes a habit; a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off. ~Mary Lou Retton

Working hard becomes a habit; a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off. ~Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton and Julianne McNamara- two of my all time favorites!  My husband and I were dating back in their Olympic days and his favorite saying was... Julianne truly can and Mary Lou can do it too!!

Mary Lou Retton and Julianne McNamara- two of my all time favorites! My husband and I were dating back in their Olympic days and his favorite saying was... Julianne truly can and Mary Lou can do it too!!

1984 Summer Olympics USA Mary Lou Retton in action during Women's competition at Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles CA 7/28/19848/12/1984 CREDIT Andy Hayt

1984 Summer Olympics USA Mary Lou Retton in action during Women's competition at Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles CA 7/28/19848/12/1984 CREDIT Andy Hayt

Mary Lou Retton picture, part of a gallery of memorable images from the summer Olympics, featuring women athletes.

Mary Lou Retton picture, part of a gallery of memorable images from the summer Olympics, featuring women athletes.

"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit."     -- Mary Lou Retton, gold, silver and bronze medalist in gymnastics in 1984

"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." -- Mary Lou Retton, gold, silver and bronze medalist in gymnastics in 1984

"A Dream of Gold" by Rick Rush.   20" x 36" Serigraph. This serigraph represents the American Gymnasts of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The gymnasts shown are Mary Lou Retton, Bart Connor, Tim Daggett, Julianna McNamara, Kathy Johnson, Peter Vidmar, and Mitch Gaylord. Info…

"A Dream of Gold" by Rick Rush. 20" x 36" Serigraph. This serigraph represents the American Gymnasts of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The gymnasts shown are Mary Lou Retton, Bart Connor, Tim Daggett, Julianna McNamara, Kathy Johnson, Peter Vidmar, and Mitch Gaylord. Info…

1984 Summer Olympics USA Mary Lou Retton victorious with teammates at Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles CA 8/3/1984 CREDIT Neil Leifer

1984 Summer Olympics USA Mary Lou Retton victorious with teammates at Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles CA 8/3/1984 CREDIT Neil Leifer

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