Mary Lou Retton
Gymnast
Mary Lou Retton
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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Simone Biles on Olympic glory, life in foster care and doing splits with President Obama
Yahoo News - 3 months
Mary Lou Retton calls her “one of the greatest athletes of all time.” And she’s only just begun, with just *one* Olympics under her belt. Simone Biles chows down a slice after every meet. In her new book, “Courage to Soar,” Biles recounts an incident at the 2013 Secret Classic, where she tearfully overheard a coach call her fat, after a poor performance.
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Super Bowl XLVIII breaks TV ratings record
Houston Chronicle - about 3 years
The Seahawks’ blowout win Sunday over the Broncos didn’t dampen viewers’ enthusiasm for Super Bowl XLVIII, which drew an average audience of 111.5 million to surpass the Giants-Patriots game two years ago as the most-watched program on average in U.S. television history. Sunday’s broadcast on Fox registered a 46.4 Nielsen rating with a 69 share, matching last year’s Ravens-49ers game and tying as the seventh-highest rated Super Bowl ever. The previous record for average viewers was 111.3 million for Giants-Patriots in 2012. According to the Nielsen Co., 161.1 million watched at least a portion of Sunday’s game. That ranks behind 164 million for last year’s game, which ran 55 minutes longer because of a power outage at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans during the game, and 162.9 million for Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and Steelers. Fox Sports said the rating at kickoff was 44.5, the highest on record, which indicates the audience could have been larger if the game had ...
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Mayim Bialik, Mary Lou Retton among stars sounding off on school lunches
CBS News - over 3 years
Mayim Bialik, Mary Lou Retton and No Doubt's Tony Kanal are praising schools offering healthier meal options
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Houston weekend ratings report: Good for football, not so good for baseball
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
This arguably was one of the more eventful weekends of the fall sports calendar, and it produced some Nielsen ratings numbers of note in Houston – some good, some not so good. Despite the Texans’ lopsided loss to the Rams, the game still did a 24.6 rating on KRIV (Channel 26), which means the average audience for the game represented almost a quarter of Houston’s 2.2 million TV households. The Aggies and Longhorns also had good audience numbers. Texas’ win over Oklahoma produced a 7.1 rating on KTRK (Channel 13) and the down-to-the-wire win over Ole Miss produced an estimated 7.7 rating on ESPN in Houston. Ratings for Oklahoma-Texas elsewhere were 32.2 in Oklahoma City, 27.2 in Tulsa, 23.0 in Austin, 13.2 in Dallas-Fort Worth and 8.7 in San Antonio. Top markets for Aggies-Rebels were 13.9 in Birmingham, 12.1 in Memphis, 12.0 in Austin, 9.2 in San Antonio and 7.7 in New Orleans and D-FW. On the baseball front, meanwhile, Houston continues as a menace to Major League Baseball, at ...
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Michael Arace commentary: ESPN series gets to heart of women’s athletics
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ESPN last night aired a film titled Branded, the final installment in its documentary series Nine for IX. It delves into a dilemma faced by world-class female athletes who have to think about making a living. Gymnast Mary Lou Retton lays it out, with a full twist, in one of the opening sequences.
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Joe Putignano: When Prejudice Dims the Flame
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will begin. Thrilling opening ceremonies will mark the recurrence of one of the world's most stirring events. Those opening ceremonies represent the culmination of a lifelong journey for the athletes who have endured unfathomable amounts of physical and mental pressure to meet a goal to which few can aspire. Just to make it to this moment is an extraordinary accomplishment that only a tiny fraction of the world's most elite athletes will ever know. An even smaller percentage of those athletes are gay. Whether in antiquity or modern times, an Olympiad without gay athletes would have been impossible. It is only recently, however, that enlightenment has led to greater civil and cultural inclusion of gays in all walks of life; they're freely, openly, fearlessly able to be themselves. But that freedom is now marred by the threat of bigotry and hatred. I was 8 years old when I first saw the 1984 Summer O ...
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Women & Co: Sports and Brain Power: How and Why to Get Back in the Game
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
For Women & Co., by Heather Spohr One of the things I loved most about being a kid was learning how to play as many sports as I wanted. Looking back, there was always a team to join, a sports camp to attend, and someone's mom handing out orange slices. As adults, we tend to think of those good times as a thing of the past, but it may benefit you at work to get back in the swing of things with that softball bat or golf club. After all, the skills you need on the field or the course are the same ones you need on the job: collaborating with teammates, listening to them, and trusting them. And research is beginning to show that keeping muscles active may even boost brainpower. A study on mice given medication that simulated the effects of exercise "performed significantly better on tests of memory and learning" than their quiet counterparts. The commitment to exercise also reflects discipline, whether it's on your solo runs at 6 a.m. or the company's Tuesday evening ba ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 24, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits Victoria Azarenka and Li Na reach the Australian Open women's final. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was fined $10,000 for his "kick-slide" last Sunday against Baltimore. Maybe nobody should be #1 this season in college basketball. Top rated Duke is routed by Miami 90-63. Golfer Phil Mickelson again said he shouldn't have brought up his tax issues. He said, "I think that it was insensitive to talk about it publicly to those people who are not able to find a job, that are struggling paycheck to paycheck." Winning isn't everything. The Knicks haven't won a title in 40 years but Forbes ranks them as the most valuable NBA franchise at $1.1 billion. Let's go Pelicans! The NBA New Orleans Hornets will change its name to Pelicans. What's the over/under on the first headline during a losing streak that reads "Pelican'ts?" 2. Junior Seau Junior Seau ...
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'Red Dawn' remake absolutely no one clamored for has now arrived - NBCNews.com
Google News - over 4 years
NBCNews.com 'Red Dawn' remake absolutely no one clamored for has now arrived NBCNews.com By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News. Want to see "Red Dawn" this weekend? Be sure to don your acid-washed jeans, Forenza sweater, Mary Lou Retton-inspired haircut, and jelly shoes. "Red Dawn" first came out in 1984, when Ronald Reagan was ... Review: Red Dawn (2012)Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) Could 'Red Dawn' Be A Hit?Forbes Movie review: 'Red Dawn' is a dismal remakeDover Post Frothygirlz -The Virginian-Pilot -The Detroit News all 606 news articles »
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Pauline Millard: Trends From the Jazz Age That I Hope Catch on
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The Great Gatsby was supposed to come out in theaters this Christmas, but has been moved up to Summer 2013. Perhaps because of this, designers overtly embraced the flapper trend, beginning with Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs in their Spring 2012 lines last year. (It makes sense that Ralph Lauren would be all about The Great Gatsby, since the designer costumed the 1974 version of the film.) It's fall, which for a lot of people is a season of change. Even though The Great Gatsby won't be hitting theaters for almost a year, there's no reason not to embrace the 1920s style that so many of us thought was coming. Ever since I heard the movie was en route I became an amateur student of all things Flapper, both fashionable and historical. A lot of the looks of these look could be adopted, right away. Not all at once, though, since that would be a costume. But Flapper is a great way to update one's look as we head into fall. Short Hair: If there is one hallmark of a Flapper, it is ...
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Andy Kutler: The No-Governmentalists
Huffington Post - over 4 years
From Mary Lou Retton to Michael Phelps, and Flying Squirrels to Flying Tomatoes, the Olympics is unrivaled in its ability to whip us into a united, flag-waving, beret-tolerating mob of sports enthusiasts. Jingoistic currents ripple through the country as everyone from West Virginia coal miners to Wall Street tycoons rally behind an extraordinary corps of accomplished athletes and skilled competitors, while an animated Al Michaels screams something about believing in miracles. 3,500 miles away from the festivities along the River Thames, however, America continued to endure yet another bitter, acrimonious campaign season, punctuated by the incessant drive-by attack ads swamping the airwaves with more darkened images and creepy piano music than a Halloween sequel. August has become the cruelest month, as the closing of those majestic London Games will soon give way to the impending return of the clown-filled three ring circuses known as our national political conventions. ...
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Stubborn Hallback not ready to cede spotlight
Fox News - over 4 years
It's happened before.When it comes to gymnastics, it's impossible to ignore the Olympic influence that's been passed from Nadia Comaneci through Mary Lou Retton through Gabby Douglas
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Babble.com: My Son Sucks at Sports and I'm Trying to Care
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Written by Cassandra Barry for Babble.com I fear that I won't relate to my son. Like, what will I do if he gets brainwashed by Scientologists? What if he registers as a Republican? Or, God forbid, he's a jock? Luckily, I just found out that last one is not going to happen. Laszlo just finished his first month at his new preschool. One of his teachers told me she wanted to talk to me about something. I was hoping that she was going to tell me that she noticed that Laszlo has an amazing artistic talent or that he's the sweetest kid she's ever met. I should have learned by now that it's never good when someone says they want to talk. She told me that Laszlo's "gross motor skills" need developing. She suggested that we practice "Simon Says," "patty cakes," walking on low balance beams or on a straight line, try swimming, catching a ball, and skipping. I had no idea that kids were supposed to skip by age 3 these days. Related: The 10 biggest secrets we hide from our ...
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Michelle Whittaker: Gabby Douglas Won Gold Medals and Looked Great. What Did You Do This Summer?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In the summer of 1984, I was flipping and jumping over everything in our house. My parents had just enrolled me in gymnastics camp for the first time. Over 2000 miles away in Los Angeles, another young lady was on her way to making Olympic history. Becoming the first US woman to win gold in the Women's All Around, Mary Lou Retton was a role model for most girls in the US in the 80s. Her iconic American flag-inspired leotard was seen on little girls all over the country for several years, myself included. Retton inspired a generation of gymnasts. Now Gabby Douglas will inspire the next generation of US gymnasts. Her years of hard work and sacrifices have culminated with winning a gold medal in Women's All Around. Her achievement also marks the first time an African-American woman has accomplished this feat. Yet rather than celebrating Douglas' accomplishment, some black women in the US are criticizing and obsessing over her hair. Many of them are complaining that she ...
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The Lovely, Oh-So-Skimpy Leotard Through The Years
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
When I was younger, I was obsessed with gymnastics. I'd pore over books in the library about my heroes Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton. I also dreamed of moving to Texas to be coached by Bela Karolyi, and eventually, take my place on the podium at the Olympic Games. Alas, that was never going to happen. I was too tall, even as an adolescent, and the fear of breaking my neck superseded my dreams of bringing home the gold. But I still love to watch gymnastics -- in fact, it's the only sport I enjoy watching. The acrobatics are one thing, but it's the fashion that really gets me. The gymnasts wear leotards that show off their taut bodies and perfect form, and the colors and sparkles will hold your attention even if their incredible gravity-defying feats don't. These elite athletes are as dressed up as any pop star waiting to take the stage. Hair? Pulled back into a neat bun. Makeup? As much glitter as possible. Itsy bitsy costume? Check. We think that even Lady Gaga woul ...
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A Team of Our Own
Forward - over 4 years
Elissa Strauss admits she’s no Mia Hamm or Mary Lou Retton. That makes Title IX, which guaranteed equal access to sports for women, even more important to her. Click here for the rest of the article...
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Lois Alter Mark: nd Shannon Miller on Gymnastics, Olympic Trials and American Girls
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
I spent the weekend at the Olympic gymnastic trials in San Jose, where I got a chance to talk to legendary gymnasts Carly Patterson and Shannon Miller. Patterson is the 2004 Olympic All-Around Champion and Miller is the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Here's what they had to say about the past, present and future of the sport. Lois Alter Mark: How does it feel to be back at the Olympic trials? Shannon Miller: It brings back that feeling in the pit of my stomach right before the Olympic trials, which is just nerve-wracking and stressful. But it's also a feeling of excitement and fun. I know those athletes are feeling excited that it's finally here. Tonight they'll know whether they're on the team, and just to have that knowledge when you go to bed is such a relief. Carly Patterson: It's really cool because it's one of those competitions when you know the intensity is so high and everyone wants to be perfect and do a great job and turn their dream into a spot ...
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? What 10 Former Olympic Heroes Are Up To Since Their Gold Medal Heydays
Business Insider - over 4 years
Unlike many athletes in more traditional sports like football or basketball, most Olympians' time in the spotlight comes and goes rather quickly. The entire country, and at times the world, becomes captivated when these previously unknown individuals completely take over the month-long event every four years. But post-Olympic reign, their stars seem to fade as quickly as they came to shine no matter what they choose to do. Bruce Jenner won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal games Now he has cameras awkwardly zoom in on his "Why am I here?" facial expressions on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in 1984 in Los Angeles These days she travels the country as a motivational and corporate speaker and lives in Houston with her husband and four daughters. Source: Mary Lou Retton American sprinter Michael Johnson was one of the most dominant runners of the 90s, taking four gold medals b ...
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The Top 10 Performances In Summer Olympics History
Midwest Sports Fan - almost 5 years
We are a mere three months and three days away from the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. To get you ready for this year’s games, here is a list of history’s ten greatest Summer Olympic performances. This year’s games will be the twenty-seventh Summer Olympics. There have been dozens, if not hundreds, of memorable and legendary performances in the history of the Olympics. The most difficult part of putting this list together was choosing only ten. And since this is an American site with a largely American readership, the list is heavy on American athletes and Olympic sports that get big ratings in the States (track and field, swimming, and gymnastics). Honorable Mention First, the honorable mentions: 1912, Stockholm: A Greco-Roman Wrestling match between Russia’s Martin Klein and Finland’s Alfred Asikainen lasts 11 hours and 40 minutes. 1948, London: 17-year-old American Bob Mathias wins the decathlon, becoming the youngest ever athlete to win a track-a ...
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Carly Patterson Talks Olympic Success
Fox 2 News - almost 5 years
(KTVI) – Carly Patterson cares about success. She was the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in women’s all-around gymnastics since Mary Lou Retton in 1984. She was crowned champion in the Greece games in 2004. Now many Olympic hopefuls are hoping St. Louis is their gateway to the gold for the 2012 games in London.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Lou Retton
    FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 41
    Retton lived in Houston, Texas, until 2009, when her family returned to West Virginia and again moved back to Houston in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She is married to former University of Texas quarterback and Houston real estate developer Shannon Kelley, who now works for the Houston Baptist University athletic department. Together they have four daughters: Shayla Rae Kelley (born 1995), McKenna Lane Kelley (born 1997), Skyla Brae Kelley (born 2000), and Emma Jean Kelley (born 2002).
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 40
    In October 2008, she visited the Biomet facility in Warsaw, Indiana, and met the machinists who produced her hip implant.
    More Details Hide Details Retton has an uneven bars move called "The Retton Flip", a transition (front flip) from low- to high-bar, resulting in the gymnast perched or "sitting" on top of the high bar. This move and many others like it are no longer in the Code of Points due to old-style "belly beat" moves no longer being used in bars competition.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    In 1997, Retton was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Retton has many commercial endorsements, including bowling and shampoo. She was the first female athlete to be pictured on the front of a Wheaties box, and General Mills stated that Wheaties sales improved after her appearance. She is a frequent analyst for televised gymnastics and attended The University of Texas at Austin after the Olympics. She was born with hip dysplasia, a condition aggravated by her years as a competitive gymnast. After experiencing increased pain she had hip replacement surgery on her left hip in her mid-30s.
  • 1996
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 24
    Retton was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 17
    Retton's hometown of Fairmont, West Virginia, named a road and park in the town after her. She retired from gymnastics after winning an unprecedented third American Cup title in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details She later had cameo appearances as herself in Scrooged and Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult. During the 1990s, Retton worked as a spokeswoman for the U.S. drugstore chain Revco.
    In 1985 Retton won the American Cup all around competition for the third and final time.
    More Details Hide Details She retired in 1986.
  • 1984
    Age 16
    She had sat down to sign autographs when she felt her knee lock, forcing her to undergo an operation five weeks prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details She recovered just in time for the Olympics in Los Angeles, California. In the competition, which was boycotted by the Soviet bloc nations except for Romania, Retton was engaged in a close battle with Ecaterina Szabo of Romania for the all-around gold medal. Trailing Szabo (after uneven bars and balance beam) by .15 with two events to go, Retton scored perfect 10s on floor exercise and vault — the last event in an especially dramatic fashion, as there had been fears that her knee injury and the subsequent surgery might impair her performance. Retton won the all-around gold medal by .05 points, beating Szabo and becoming the first American to receive the all-around gold medal. 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: silver in the team competition and the horse vault, and bronze in the floor exercise and uneven bars. For her performance, she was named Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportswoman of the Year". She appeared on a Wheaties box, and became the cereal's first official spokeswoman.
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 15
    Nevertheless, Retton won the American Classic in 1983 and 1984, as well as Japan's Chunichi Cup in 1983.
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    Retton missed the World Championships in 1983 due to a wrist injury.
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    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Age 8
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was coached by Gary Rafaloski. She then decided to move to Houston, Texas, to train under Romanians Béla and Márta Károlyi, who had coached Nadia Comăneci before their defection to the United States.
  • 1968
    Age 0
    Born on January 24, 1968.
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