When 16-year-old Carly Patterson won the Olympic gymnastics title in the 2004 Games--the first American gymnast to do so since Mary Lou earned it 20 years earlier--Mary Lou said that she was so excited, she scared her kids with all her screaming.
Gymnastics coaching sensation Bela Karolyi has said that Mary Lou was the most pleasant gymnast he ever worked with in his career. "She was such a natural!" he raved.
Mary Lou was the first female athlete to be featured on the Wheaties cereal box.
She won a bronze medal on the floor exercise in the 1984 Olympics.
Mary Lou Retton Gymnastics means fun for my kids! It provides building blocks for life. By allowing my daughters to participate in gymnastics, I am providing them with the tools they will need to be successful in life, regardless of which direction they choose. And with those tools, they can accomplish anything in life.
Mary Lou: No, I don't have prom pictures, but I do have pictures of me standing on the Great Wall of China.