Name: Mary Lou Retton
Sport: Gymnastics
Discipline(s): Artistic Gymnastics
Event(s): Floor, Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam
DOB: 1/24/1968
Birthplace: Fairmont, W.Va.
Hometown: Fairmont, W.Va.
High School: Fairmont Senior High School (Fairmont, W. Va.)
College: University of Texas at Austin
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1984); five-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes)
  • Los Angeles 1984, gold (individual all-around), silver (vault, team all-around), bronze (floor, uneven bars)
Personal: Youngest of five children...Began dance and acrobatics at 4 years old...Developed a gymnastics style that suited her compact, muscular frame and exhibited speed, accuracy and power rather than the more popular fluttery, balletic movements of that time...Served as a commentator for NBC at the Olympic Games Seoul 1988...Works as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson, promoting the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition...Mother to four daughters, McKenna, Skyla, Shayla and Emma.