Mary Lou Retton

Former Gymnast
Born Jan 24, 1968

Mary Lou Retton is an American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist. She was the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Lou Retton.


1968 Birth Born on January 24, 1968.
1976 8 Years Old Inspired by watching Nadia Comăneci outshine defending Olympic champion Olga Korbut on television at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Retton took up gymnastics in her hometown of Fairmont. … Read More


Under the Károlyis, Retton soon began to make a name for herself in the U.S., winning the American Cup in 1983 and placing second to Dianne Durham (another Károlyi student) at the US Nationals that same year.
1984 16 Years Old 1 More Event
After winning her second American Cup, the U.S. Nationals, and the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1984, Retton suffered a knee injury when she was performing a floor routine at a local gymnastics center.
1985 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985 Retton won the American Cup all around competition for the third and final time. … Read More


1992 24 Years Old Retton was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
1993 25 Years Old In 1993, the Associated Press released results of a sports study in which Retton was statistically tied for first place with fellow Olympian Dorothy Hamill as the most popular athlete in America.
1996 28 Years Old An ardent Christian conservative, she was an outspoken supporter of the Reagan Administration in the United States. She appeared in a variety of televised ads supporting Ronald Reagan. Retton delivered the Pledge of Allegiance with fellow former gymnast and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug on the second night of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
1997 29 Years Old In 1997, Retton was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. … Read More


2008 40 Years Old In October 2008, she visited the Biomet facility in Warsaw, Indiana, and met the machinists who produced her hip implant. … Read More
2009 41 Years Old Retton lived in Houston, Texas, until 2009, when her family returned to West Virginia and again moved back to Houston in 2012. … Read More
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