Golden Men

As good as Mary Lou Retton was, the United States women had to settle for a silver medal in the team competition in the 1984 Summer Olympics. The men, though, won the nation’s second team gold medal in Olympic history. The first was in 1904 when the men won gold in St. Louis. Like Retton, Tim Daggett scored a 10 in the clutch, executing his horizontal bar routine—the last event of the team competition—perfectly as the United States edged 1983 world champion China by 0.6 points. Teammate Peter Vidmar also excelled, scoring a 9.95 on the horizontal bar. The other gold- medal Americans were Bart Conner, Mitch Gaylord, James Hartung, and Scott Johnson. Vidmar won a gold and silver in individual events, Conner won a gold, Gaylord won a silver and two bronzes, and Daggett won a bronze. The U.S. men have not won a team gold since then.


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