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Mary Lou Retton

Full name: Mary Lou Retton (-Kelley)
Nickname(s): America's Sweetheart
Gender: Female
Height: 4-9 (145 cm)
Weight: 93 lbs (42 kg)
Born: January 24, 1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia, United States
Affiliations: Karolyi Gym
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Mary Lou Retton first became a top international gymnast in 1983 when she won the American Cup, the American Classic, and the Chunichi Cup. Her star rose quickly at the 1984 Olympics when she won five medals, capped by the gold medal in all-around. Retton added silver on the vault and with the team, and bronzes on uneven bars and floor exercise. For her efforts at the Los Angeles Games Retton was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year for 1984, along with [Edwin Moses]. She was named Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in 1984.

Retton competed for one more year, winning the 1985 American Cup, but then capitalized on her fame and popularity. She made multiple television appearances, became a product spokesperson, and did motivational speaking. Retton married Shannon Kelley, a former quarterback at the University of Texas. Retton’s father had been a basketball player, playing in college at the University of West Virginia with [Jerry West]. She was inducted into the USOC Hall of Fame in 1985 and the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame and International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997. In 1993, almost a decade after her Olympic triumphs, she was voted in a national survey as the Most Popular Athlete in America.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around United States USA 1 Gold
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around United States USA 2 Silver
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise United States USA 3 Bronze
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault United States USA 2 Silver
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars United States USA 3 Bronze
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam United States USA 4

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Standings 1 79.175
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final 1 79.175 39.525 39.65
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Floor Exercise 1 10.00
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Horse Vault 1 10.00
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Uneven Bars 7T 9.85
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Balance Beam 4T 9.80
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Qualifying 1 QU 79.05
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Qualifying Floor Exercise 3 QU 19.85 9.95 9.90
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Qualifying Horse Vault 1T QU 19.90 9.90 10.00
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Qualifying Uneven Bars 3 QU 19.70 9.80 9.90
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Qualifying Balance Beam 4T QU 19.60 9.85 9.75

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States USA Final Standings 2

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Standings 3 19.775
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final 3 19.775 9.925 9.85

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Standings 2 19.850
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final 2 19.850 9.950 9.900

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Standings 3 19.800
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final 3 19.800 9.850 9.95

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final Standings 4 19.550
1984 Summer 16 Los Angeles Gymnastics United States Final 4 19.550 9.800 9.75
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