Mary Lou Retton
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.
- Official website
- Mary Lou Retton in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (English)
- Mary Lou Retton in the database of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (English)
- Mary Lou Retton in the Sports-Reference database (English; archived from the original )
- Mary Lou Retton in the Internet Movie Database (English)
|SURNAME||Retton, Mary Lou|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Kelley, Mary Lou|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American gymnast|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 24, 1968|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Fairmont , West Virginia|