On This Date In 1984, Mary Lou Retton Wins Gold

Gifted with a low center of gravity — and powered by stocky legs that remind sportswriters of fullbacks and tree trunks — she is the sport’s first industrial-strength performer: gymnastics in a drum.

Newsweek August 13, 1984

On This Date In 1984, Mary Lou Retton Wins Gold

Gifted with a low center of gravity — and powered by stocky legs that remind sportswriters of fullbacks and tree trunks — she is the sport’s first industrial-strength performer: gymnastics in a drum.

Newsweek August 13, 1984



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    Some literal balance to remember on this #ThrowBackThursday. Go Mary Lou!
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    awk moment when gymnastics are supposed to have a ton of muscle anyway….whether they’re big or cut or both, she has...
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