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She decided t o use her fame as a way to speak to the country about political issues. " She had small parts in a few movies and was a television announcer for the 1 988 Summer Olympics. During the 1 990s, Retton's star still did not fade. A 1 993 survey by the Associated Press named her the Most Popular Athlete in America. The following year, the USOC named an award for athletic excellence after her. A year later, the Women's Sports Foundation awarded her the Flo Hyman Award for her "dignity, 31 Olympic Gymnastics May Lou Retton's Media If you've never seen Retton's gold-medal performance, you can still catch her on one o f her many other television appearances.
Team Gold for the United States The year 1996 marked the first Olympics held in the United States since Retton became a star at the 1 984 games. S. " In the team competition, they battled the Russian squad for first place and had a lead going into the last rotation. All they needed for victory was a good score in the vault event from either of their last two gymnasts. This would 33 Olympic Gymnastics clinch the country's first ever team g o l d . S. stars, Dominique Moceanu, was up next, but she fell on her first attempt.
8 centimeters in diameter, and 275 centimeters above the floor. Sometimes called the high bar. innovation Something new and original. S. government designed t o enforce laws and make sure they are administered fairly. kip A move that brings the gymnast f r o m below a bar t o above it. ligament A band o f strong tissue t h a t connects bones, muscles, and other body parts. parallel bars T w o bars side by side t h a t are 350 centimeters long and 195 centimeters above the floor. They are positioned 42 t o 52 centimeters apart.