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Mary Lou Retton at the 1984 Olympics where she won the Gold medal for All-Around, 2 Silver medals for Team and for Vault, 2 Bronze medals for Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise. She was named Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportswoman of the Year. In 1997, Retton was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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How could they take away this beautiful, this most perfect thing from us, the one thing that separated our sport from the others? BELA KAROLYI, former gymnastics coach to Olympic gold-medal winner Mary Lou Retton, lamenting changes to gymnastics scoring that eliminate the perfect 10 Retton was awarded in 1984

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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

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Duchess dazzles at star-studded London arts event

1984, Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to win the all-around gymnastics gold medal at the Olympics

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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

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Olympics Photos, Olympic Moments Photos -- National Geographic

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"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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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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