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Mary Lou Retton

(Famous Gymnasts of the Past)

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Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton

(Photo at left) © Steve Powell / Getty Images; (Photo at right) © Charley Gallay / Getty Images
Mary Lou Retton became a household name in the United States with one perfectly stuck vault in 1984. It helped her win the Olympic all-around title, a feat no American had ever accomplished.

Retton married a former University of Texas quarterback, Shannon Kelley, in December of 1990. The couple has four girls: Shayla (born 1995), McKenna (born 1997), Skyla (born 2000) and Emma (born 2002). Retton has had success as a motivational speaker, and played herself in bit roles in the movies Scrooged and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. She and Kelley created the PBS show Mary Lou's Flip Flop Shop in 2001.


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