Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton

In 1984 Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal for the all-around competition in gymnastics. The Summer Olympics were held that year in Los Angeles, California, with the Soviet Union boycotting the competition in retaliation for a United States boycott of the Moscow Olympics four years earlier. Besides her gold in the all-around competition, Retton also won 2 silver medals and 2 bronze, making her the single biggest medal winner of any athlete at that year's competition. Her Olympic success made her an instant celebrity, launching her career on the lecture circuit and getting her a few small roles in movies such as Scrooged and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. She also has appeared frequently as a gymnastics commentator on TV.Source:
I'm very determined and stubborn. There's a desire in me that makes me want to do more and more, and to do it right. Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.More Mary Lou Retton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.More Mary Lou Retton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Many medal winners dream of competing in a sport other than the one they're famous for.More Mary Lou Retton quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
You give up your childhood. You miss proms and games and high-school events, and people say it's awful... I say it was a good trade. You miss something but I think I gained more than I lost.More Mary Lou Retton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Former Olympians also get paid to make appearances. Many of them won their medals in an era when Olympic success didn't go hand-in-hand with financial success.More Mary Lou Retton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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