Mary Lou Retton

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Date of Birth January 24, 1968
Place of Birth Fairmont, West Virginia
Age 52 years old
Horoscope Aquarius

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Mary Lou "Loo" Retton is a retired American gymnast. At the boycotted 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. Her gold medal was a historic win because Retton was the first-ever American woman to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics.

Nickname(s): America's Sweetheart
Born: January 24, 1968, Fairmont, West Virginia
Discipline: WAG
Club: Karolyi Gym
Former coach(es): The Captain, Márta Károlyi
Retired: September 29, 1986
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About Mary Lou Retton

Became the first American woman to ever win the all-around gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She also won two silver medals and two bronze medals, making her one of the most popular U.S. athletes.

Before Fame

She attended Fairmont Senior High School but did not graduate. She competed at the 1984 Olympics her sophomore year of high school.


She moved to Houston, Texas to train under Bela and Marta Karolyi after being inspired by Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Family Life

She was married to Shannon Kelly from 1990 until 2018. They had four daughters, including McKenna Kelley, who went on to compete for the LSU gymnastics team.


She and fellow American gymnast Carly Patterson have both won all-around gold medals at the Olympics.

Information related to Mary Lou Retton

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  • List of competitive results at Gymn Forum
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Latest information about Mary Lou Retton updated on October 30, 2020.

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