Gymnast Mary Lou Retton stole hearts and won gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Gymnast Mary Lou Retton stole hearts and won gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

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.

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.

In 1984 when Mary Lou won the Gold Metal...folks use to stop me and ask if I was her! Smile Maker for sure!

In 1984 when Mary Lou won the Gold Metal...folks use to stop me and ask if I was her! Smile Maker for sure!

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

History of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles

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

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

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

"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

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!!

Mary Lou Retton was one of my favorite gymnasts in the 1980s.

6 Vintage Photos of Mary Lou Retton

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