Mary Lou Retton Speaker Profile
Mary Lou Retton Biography
Olympic legend, Mary Lou Retton was born January 24, 1968 and 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.
Inspired by watching Nadia Comăneci on television, Retton took up gymnastics in her hometown of Fairmont. 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. Under the Károlyis, Retton soon began to make a name for herself in the United States, winning the American Cup in 1983 and placing second to Dianne Durham (another Károlyi student) at the US Nationals that same year. Retton missed the World Championships in 1983 due to a wrist injury. Nevertheless, Retton won the American Classic in 1983 and 1984, as well as Japan's Chunichi Cup in 1983.
After winning her second American Cup, the US Nationals, and the US Olympic Trials in 1984, Retton suffered a knee injury when she was performing a floor routine at a local gymnastics center. She had sat down to sign autographs when she felt her knee lock, forcing her to undergo an operation. She recovered just in time for the 1984 Summer 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 Szabó of Romania for the all-around gold medal. Trailing Szabó (after uneven bars and balance beam) being 15 hundredths behind, with two events to go, Retton scored perfect 10s on floor exercise and vault--this last event in an especially dramatic fashion, as there had been fears that her knee injury and the subsequent surgery might impair her performance--to win the all-around gold medal by 0.05 points.
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.
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Posted on 7 March 2017 | 7:54 pm
Gold medalist Mary Lou Retton spoke at this year’s Indiana State University’s Speaker Series on March 2nd right on the school’s campus. Retton spoke about how she got into gymnastics and about all the difficult things that she had to overcome in order to ensure success. The star athlete also shared some stories about the good times she had competing on behalf of herself, her team,...[Read More]
Posted on 25 November 2014 | 7:11 pm
Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton has been named the keynote speaker for the Women's Council of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes annual fundraising banquet in Lubbock, Texas on January 22, 2015. The event is set to take place at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. with a VIP reception preceding the event. At the VIP reception fans will be...[Read More]
Posted on 28 September 2012 | 4:30 pm
Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton spoke to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members on Monday, September 24, about how the importance of hard work and a positive attitude can make anything happen in athletics and in daily life. Retton, now 44, was the first American woman ever to win Olympic gold in gymnastics in 1984. She told the crowd winning Olympic gold six weeks...[Read More]
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