Mary Lou Retton Earns All-Around Title (Los Angeles 1984)
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton suffered one of the most peculiar injuries right after the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1984 – she hurt her knee while signing autographs, resulting in an injury that required surgery. Retton overcame this obstacle by becoming the first female gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title from outside Eastern Europe – in addition to taking two silver and two bronze medals the same year. Subsequently, Retton was named Sports Illustrated's Sportwoman of the Year, and can be forgiven for hosting Funfit – a series of short segments similar to The Jane Fonda Workout . . . but for youngsters.
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