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May 16, 1991 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than two months after the 1984 Olympic Games, enrollment at gymnastics schools doubled nationwide. Mary Lou Retton captured not only the gold medal as the best all-around gymnast, but also the pocketbooks of parents whose little girls led them to a local club, where they signed up for the chance to dream. Seven years later, those girls--still little, just older--make up the largest pool of young, talented gymnasts the United States has ever had.
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