"Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made." - Gabby Douglas

"Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made." - Gabby Douglas

Aug. 3, 1984 - Mary Lou Retton won gold at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics

Retton was .050 of a point behind Romania’s Ecaterina Szabo, meaning she needed a 9.95 to tie or a perfect score to win. After sticking her dismount, Retton smiled from ear to ear because she knew that she had done it. Receiving her score of 10, Retton won the all-around competition and became the first American female gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal, the first to win a gold medal and the first to win the all-around. Retton won the most medals (five) of any athlete in the 1984 Olympics.

"Don’t run from a challenge. Instead run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet." - Nadia Comăneci

"Don’t run from a challenge. Instead run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet." - Nadia Comăneci

"You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off." - Mary Lou Retton

"You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off." - Mary Lou Retton

"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." - Mary Lou Retton

"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." - Mary Lou Retton

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