Mary Lou Retton was born on January 24, 1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia. She trained in Gymnastics with Romanian coach Bela Karolyi and won the American Cup and the U.S. Nationals. At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Retton won a gold medal in the women's all-around. It was the first time a female gymnast outside Eastern Europe won that event. She retired from gymnastics in 1985.