Retton, 50, won a gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals while competing as a gymnast at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
The original family name was "Rotunda. She attended Fairmont Senior High Schoolbut did not graduate. She and her family attend Second Baptist Church Houston. She was married to former University of Texas quarterback and Houston real estate developer Shannon Kelleywho now works for the Houston Baptist University athletic department.
She was coached by Gary Rafaloski. Though Retton missed the World Gymnastics Championships in due to a wrist injury, she won the American Classic in andas well as Japan's Chunichi Cup in After winning her second American Cup, the U.
Nationals, and the U. Olympic Trials inRetton suffered a knee injury when she was performing a floor routine at a local gymnastics center. She had sat down to sign autographs when she felt her knee lock, forcing her to undergo an operation five weeks prior to the Summer Olympicswhich were going to be held in Los Angeles —the first time the Summer Olympics had been held in the United States in 52 years.
Trailing Szabo after uneven bars and balance beam by 0. She also became the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the individual all-around gold. At the same Olympics, Retton won four additional medals: InRetton won the American Cup all-around competition for the third and final time.
She appeared in a variety of televised ads supporting Ronald Reagan as well as appearing at a rally for Reagan's reelection campaign just a month after the Olympics in her home state of West Virginia. Retton delivered the Pledge of Allegiance with fellow former gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug on the second night of the Republican National Convention.
When the Sex Abuse Act of  was introduced to the th Congressshe and other members of USA Gymnastics met with Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding the Federation's sexual assault policies, with the ultimate aim of blocking the bill.
ABC Funfit ; hosted a series of five-minute segments on physical fitness which were broadcast between Saturday morning cartoons. Scrooged ; as herself. Knots Landing ; as herself in the episode "Letting Go". Baywatch ; in the episode "The Child Inside".Mary Lou Retton was a popular sports figure, winner of the all-around women's gymnastics event at the Olympics.
of results for "Mary Lou Retton" Mary Lou Retton: America's Sweetheart: GymnStars Volume 5 Feb 24, by Christine Dzidrums and Lyle Lopez. Paperback. Mary Lou Retton  American gymnast Mary Lou Retton burst onto the gymnastic front with all the vivaciousness she could muster, and in doing so, took the world by storm.
Mary Lou Retton catapulted to international fame and ignited a new era of American dominance in gymnastics during the Summer Olympics, when she became the first American woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics, scoring two perfect 10s along the way.
Today, Mary Lou remains deeply involved in the gymnastics community, and she is the mother. Sep 12, · Watch video · 'DWTS' Season Gymnast Mary Lou Retton, blind skier in new cast "Dancing With the Stars" returns this month with a new cast that includes a gymnast, comic, actor, musician and the contest's.
4 days ago · Five things you need to know about Mary Lou Retton, Sasha Farber's partner on season 27 of 'DWTS.".