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Biography

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Overview (2)

Born in Fairmont, West Virginia, USA
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mary Lou Retton (born January 24, 1968) is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals. Her performance made her one of the most popular athletes in the United States.

Retton was the first ever American woman to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics and was the only one to do so for twenty years. She is credited with being a pioneering figure in American women's gymnastics, including by the four American women who have since equaled her feat consecutively: Carly Patterson (Athens in 2004), Nastia Liukin (2008 in Beijing), Gabby Douglas (2012 in London) and Simone Biles (2016 in Rio de Janeiro). Twice during that span, Americans also took silver as part of a one-two finish: Shawn Johnson in 2008 and Aly Raisman in 2016. Furthermore, prior to Retton's Olympic triumph, no American woman had won all-around gold at the World Championships; since then, seven Americans have done so a combined eleven times - in chronological order, Kim Zmeskal, Shannon Miller (twice), Chellsie Memmel, Johnson, Bridget Sloan, Jordyn Wieber and Simone Biles (three times).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dibyayan Chakravorty

Spouse (1)

Shannon Kelley (29 December 1990 - 2018) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Brown Hair
Athletic figure
Short stature, just like most gymnasts
Wide toothy smile.

Trivia (12)

1984 Olympic gymnastics medal winner.
Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985
Appeared on the Wheaties box in Summer 1984
Inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997
Named Sports Illustrated Magazine's "Sportswoman of the Year" in 1984
Named Associated Press' "Amateur Athlete of the Year" in 1984
Named "Most Popular Athlete in America" in 1993 by an Associated Press national survey
Has four daughters with her ex-husband Shannon Kelley: Shayla Rae Kelley (b. 1995), McKenna Lane Kelley (b. April 15, 1997, Houston, Texas), Skyla Brae Kelley (b. August 2000) and Emma Kelley (b. 2002, Houston, Texas).
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 1984
Retton's family changed their name from Rotundo to Retton upon their arrival at Ellis Island. Retton is proud of her Italian heritage.
1984 Olympics: team silver, all-around gold, vault silver, uneven bars bronze, floor exercise bronze
First American female gymnast to win the Olympic all-around

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