American gymnast, Mary Lou Retton rose to international fame after making a perfect landing during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and winning gold for the USA. Retton is also the first-ever American woman to win a gold medal, and she is even considered for being the pioneering figure in American women’s gymnastics. In 1984 Olympics, Mary won a gold in the Women’s artistic individual all-around, as well as two silvers and two bronze medals in gymnastics.

Retton was only 16 years old when she participated in the summer Olympics and was nicknamed America’s Sweetheart for her contributions in the field. After dominating the gymnastics world for years and bagging gold from almost every championship, Retton retired from the sports in 1986. Further, she went on to serve as a commentator for NBC at 1988 Olympics and co-hosted TV series, Road to Olympic Gold, during the 1992 & 1996 Olympics.

Retton’s Husband and Family

Retton married her college sweetheart, Shannon Kelley in 1990, and they have four daughters together. Shannon was appointed as a quarterback coach at the Fairmont State University in 2009 and was hired as the Houston Baptist University’s Division I assistant coach in 2012.

For her remarkable contribution in the field of gymnastics, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1992. Apart from being an athlete, she has appeared in many movies and TV series including, Baywatch and Scrooged

Currently, she is appearing as a contestant on the 27th season of Dancing with the Stars, where she has partnered with professional dancer, Sasha Farber

As of 2018, Retton has accumulated a sizeable net worth of $8 million