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Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou's Career
Her mom would take her to West Virginia University for gymnastics once a week. .The night before they would go to the university Mary Lou would sleep in her leotard because she was so excited . In 1982 she left home to go to Houston , Texas to train with Bela Karolyi . Retton was training 8- 10 hours a day . Retton catapulted to international fame at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles , becoming the first American woman ever to win the Gold Medal in the All-Around in women's gymnastics . As a member of the Silver Medalist Team from the U.S. , she also won an individual Silver Medal in the Vault, as well as Bronze Medals in the Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise. Her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the 1984 Olympics.
Mary Lou Retton Inspiring People
Mary Lou Retton forever changed gymnastics for America and her contagious positive attitude continues to inspire millions to aim for higher goals .
Mary Lou's historic Olympic performances, along with her radiant smile and charming enthusiasm, brought her recognition as Sports Illustrated Magazine's Sportswoman of the Year in 1984. Also in 1984, the Associated Press awarded her the title Amateur Athlete of the Year.
Mary Lou Retton
She was born on January 24, 1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia to Louis and Ronnie Retton . On December 29, 1990 she married Shannon Kelly . They had four girls named Shayla, Mckenna, Skyla, and Emma .
Mary Lou Retton's Family
After the Olympics and several more years of notably successful competition , Retton attended the University of Texas , where she met and dated her future husband, UT quarterback Shannon Kelley . They married and settled in Houston, where they had four daughters . Mary Lou's dad Ronnie Retton played with the Yankees for six years . Retton's sister Sherri was a WVU all-America gymnast and WVU Sports Hall of Fame member. Her brother Ronnie Jr. is a former baseball player. Her other two brothers Donnie and Jerry were all-state in football and baseball in Marion County and played catcher for Fairmont State .
Mary Lou is born .
She becomes first American to win a gold medal in the Olympic all-around .
'Mary Lou Retton Award' created by US Olympic Committee .
Mary Lou Retton gets married .
She was recognized as Sports Illustrated Magazine's Sportswoman of the Year.
Ms. Sportsman Award (1st in history)