Mary Lou Retton

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton , married Mary Lou Kelley , (born January 24, 1968 in Fairmont , West Virginia ) is a former American gymnast .

Retton was one of the great stars of the 1984 Summer Olympics of Los Angeles . With her successes, the 16-year-old sparked an art gymnastics boom in the USA. She won the gold medal in the all-around competition, despite strong competition from Romania . In the individual equipment competitions, she won silver in horse jumping and bronze in both floor exercises and uneven bars . The success was rounded off by the silver medal with the US team. Retton was founded in 1984 by the magazine Sports Illustrated for athlete of the year chosen as of Associated Press .

After her Olympic successes, she played minor roles in US TV series and movies such as Baywatch - The Lifeguards of Malibu , The Naked Cannon 33⅓ and The Ghosts I Called… . In 1997 she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame .


Retton is only 1.45 cm tall.

Web links

Commons : Mary Lou Retton  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files