Known simply as Rudy T, Tomjanovich coached the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995, giving the city its first – and second – World Championships. The second overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft, Tomjanovich also coached the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. A five-time NBA all-star, he played his entire 11-year career for the Rockets, including his first year for the San Diego Rockets before the franchise moved to Houston. He spent nine seasons as Rockets assistant coach before taking over the head coaching job in 1992 and finished with a record of 527-416.
Mary Lou Retton
America’s Sweetheart, Retton vaulted her way into our hearts at the 1984 Olympic when she became the first American woman to win the All-Around gold medal. On her final rotation, she earned a perfect 10 on the vault to edge Romania’s Ecaterina Szabo. Retton also won two silvers and two bronze medals at the ’84 Games. She was the first female athlete to grace the cover of a Wheaties cereal box and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997.
Named Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated, the nine-time Olympic gold medalist is one of only three athletes to win the same event in four consecutive Olympics. Lewis won the long jump in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. In addition, the sprinter won back-to-back 100-meter gold medals in 1984 and 1988 was part of the gold medal 4 X 100-meter relay teams both of those years. At the 1984 Games, he won four golds, equaling Jesse Owens’ record set in 1936.