Mary Lou Retton, an American gymnast, never failed to make headlines, whether she was the Sportswoman of the Year at the 1984 Olympics or when she was divorced from her husband after more than two decades of marriage!

After becoming the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in gymnastics at the Olympics, the West Virginia native established herself as a pioneering figure in American women’s gymnastics.

In 2018, she competed in the 27th season of Dancing with the Stars, partnering with Sasha Farber, an Australian professional dancer. Mary Lou Retton has aged gracefully, like a great wine, and has retained the physique features that made her America’s favorite in 1984. She has an estimated net worth of $8 million as a result of her efforts in sports and then on television.

Mary Lou Retton began gymnastics at the age of eight and has gone on to inspire others

Ronnie Retton and Lois Retton gave birth to Mary Lou Retter on January 24, 1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Mary began gymnastics at the age of eight after seeing Nadia Comaneci surpass defending Olympic two-event winner Olga Korbut on television during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Retton was ecstatic when she moved to Houston because she was able to practice with Romanians Béla and Márta Károlyi, who had previously coached her idol Nadia Comaneci before their migration to the United States.

Mary made a reputation for herself in the United States, winning the American Cup in 1983 and finishing second at the US Nationals the following year. Her life, however, was cut short when she injured her knee while practicing a floor routine at a local gymnastics center shortly after winning her second American Cup, the U.S. Nationals, and the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1984, causing her to need a five-week operation.

Retton, who is at 4 feet and 9 inches tall, made a full recovery in time to compete in the 1984 Olympics. Her second year at Fairmont Senior High School, after she opted to focus more on her professional life, added to her troubles; she did not graduate and instead attended the Olympic tournament.

She not only played a little role in the tournament, but she also made history when she won the all-around gold medal in the competition despite all the obstacles, making her the first woman to accomplish so.

She retired in 1986 after serving as an inspiration to everyone in such a short period.

Mary Lou Retton’s Story of How She Met Her Husband!

After all the gold medals she had seen along the way, Mary’s pursuit for the gold after her career was through meant exchanging rings with Shannon Kelly, the former University of Texas quarterback, during a wedding ceremony on December 29, 1991.

From Kelly’s perspective, their love journey is nothing short of a fairy tale, as he recalls chatting to his mother about marrying her while watching her 1984 performances on TV.

His desire of marrying her came true ten months later, when he was introduced to Retton by a mutual acquaintance, Kelley. Kelley was attracted to Retton in the beginning of their relationship because of her competitive nature. Their date history is largely unknown.

But what is known is that on Valentine’s Day in February 1989, Kelly, who had second thoughts about their planned engagement, delivered Retton a note that said, “Will you marry me?” during their drive home from the airport.

The answer is obvious, as the couple tied the knot two years later.


Marry Lou Retton has how many daughters?

Shayla (born in 1995), McKenna (born in 1997), a current NCAA gymnast at Louisiana State University, Skyla (born in 2000), and Emma (born in 2001) make up their family of five (born on 2002).

McKenna, Marry’s daughter, must be proud that she is following in her footsteps.

Mary Divorced Her Husband After 27 Years Of Marriage

Nothing lasts long, even a chilly November rain, as they say, and the same thing happened in Mary Lou Retton’s life. Despite being married for nearly 27 years, the couple had an unreported divorce.

Despite the fact that they separated in February 2018, the news began to circulate in late October 2018. Following her cameo on Dancing With The Stars, Retton, who had been cautious about her divorce for nearly eight months, suddenly took center stage to openly state her divorce.

She went on to say regarding the breakup,

“It’s something that’s been required for a long time,” she explained. “We still loved each other, but we weren’t as good as we used to be.”

She even said that moving on from the breakup was difficult for her. She also praised her four daughters for always being by her side and assisting her in her recovery. At the age of 50, Mary Lou Retton is a self-sufficient and unmarried lady.


By Meera