Mary Lou Retton
February 5, 2006
October 10, 2011
Claim to fame:
Mary Lou Retton bounded into the limelight at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. With her beaming smile, she was the first American woman ever to obtain the Gold Medal in the All-Around in women’s gymnastics.
She also achieved a Silver medal in the Vault, and Bronze Medals in the Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise, triumphing with the most awards by any athlete at the 1984 Olympics.
The following year, she was inducted into the USOC Olympic Hall of Fame, and in 1997, was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Where are they now?
An outspoken Christian and conservative, the former gymnast delivered the Pledge of Allegiance during the 2004 Republican Convention.
Now you can hear her on live broadcast analyzing young gymnasts on television. Her book, Her Gateways To Happiness: 7 Ways to a More Peaceful, More Prosperous, More Satisfying Life is co-written with David Bender.
She is married with four daughters in Texas.