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Kid of the 80s

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Who remembers The White Shadow? The show finished its three-year run in 1981.

The final episode aired March 16, 1981.

Kid of the 80s

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Team USA defeated the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics and went on to win the gold medal.

With a capacity of 8,500, the Field House in Lake Placid, New York was packed. ABC decided to broadcast the late-afternoon game on tape delay in prime time. To this day some of the people that watched the game on television still believe that it was live.

The United States did not immediately win the gold medal after defeating the USSR. In 1980, the medal round was a round-robin, not a single elimination format as it is today. Team USA went on to win the gold medal by winning its last match over Finland.

Kid of the 80s

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Mary Lou Retton won five medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics. She retired from gymnastics in 1985 at the age of 17.

Retton became the first American to receive the all-around gold medal in gymnastics, beating Ecaterina Szabo of Romania by only 0.05 points. She also became the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the individual all-around gold. The Olympian won four additional medals: silver in the team competition and the horse vault, and bronze in the floor exercise and uneven bars.

The four foot nine inch gymnast was named Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportswoman of the Year”. She also appeared on a Wheaties box and became the cereal’s first official spokeswoman.

The medal-toting athlete parlayed her Olympic success into several endorsement deals and cameo appearances as herself in Scrooged and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.

Kid of the 80s

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“You’re in the big leagues when you’re into Big League Chew!” Big League Chew became a candy isle staple in the 80s.

Two former Portland Mavericks players, Rob Nelson and Jim Bouton, pitched the gum to the Wrigley Company as a fun alternative to the unhealthy tobacco-chewing habit common among ballplayers in the 70s.

The original pink-colored gum was introduced in May 1980. The shredded gum was a hit and went on to sell over 500 million pouches.