"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

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"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…

Mary Lou Retton was born on January 24, 1968, in Fairmont, West Virginia, of Italian heritage (her family's original surname was "Rotunda"). Her father, Ronnie, operated a coal-industry transportation equipment business. She attended Fairmont Senior High School, but did not graduate. She competed in the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles, California during her sophomore year of high school. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, she won 5 medals, including gold in the individual all-around competition.

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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!!

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On August 3, 1984, Mary Lou Retton wins gold Before Gabby Douglas, there was Mary Lou. Here, the first American woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition stands shoulder-to-head with President Ronald Reagan.

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Karolyi's Camp in Huntsville Texas is the US Training Center for the Olympics. Gabby Douglas, Nadia Comaneci, Kerri Strug, Mary Lou Retton, Nastia Liukin...all trained under this Romanian Couples Guidance. Super interesting, definitely on the bucket list.

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