1984 Olympic Games
Mary Lou Retton Wins Gold

Mary Lou Retton is an American gymnast who won the all-around gold medal in women’s gymnastics at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Retton was coached by Bela Karolyi, who had coached Nadia Comaneci in Romania before defecting to the United States. In this video, both Retton and Karolyi recall the moments leading up to Retton’s all-around gold medal win, which made her the first American to receive the all-around gold medal, as well as the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to hold the title.

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