Best women's gymnastics moment: Mary Lou Retton vs. Kerri Strug | The Tylt
Best women's gymnastics moment: Mary Lou Retton vs. Kerri Strug
March is Women's History Month, and we at The Tylt want to appreciate some of the greatest women to ever play sports. From being a part of some of the best plays ever to fighting for wage equality, women athletes have to overcome a lot of adversity and scrutinization to be successful in their respective sports. They deserve to be celebrated for the great athletes that they are.
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Before 1984, no women won the individual all-around gold in gymnastics outside of the Eastern European countries—until Mary Lou Retton. The West Virginian became America's Sweetheart overnight by taking on the best in the world and claiming the sports most coveted individual medal—in spectacular fashion.
Retton notched two perfect scores, scoring 10s in the vault and floor exercise. Her win gave birth to the successful USA gymnastics program, inspiring generation after generation of young girls across the country.
Perfect 10s are nice, but what about securing a team gold medal on one leg? Kerri Strug stepped up to the vault event with the United States outside of gold medal position. Her first vault ended unsuccessfully with her falling backward and coming up favoring her ankle.
With the country's gold-medal hopes riding on one last jump, Strug landed her final vault in front of the Atlanta crowd to secure the team gold. It would be one of the most memorable moments in the sport's history. Strug embodies grit, toughness, and determination through incredible circumstances.