Mary Lou Retton Net Worth is$5.8 Million
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Profession: Gymnast
Date of Birth: Jan 24, 1968
Nicknames: Mary-Lou Retton
Height: 1.4224 m
Ethnicity: Italian American
Country: United States of America
Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton has a net worth of $5.8 million. And it's a sure bet she's more proud of her Olympic gold medal than her net worth. As is typical for gymnasts, Retton began her career in the sport at a very young age. It was even during her sophomore year of high school that she participated in the summer Olympic games! As a child, Retton moved to Houston, TX to train in gymnastics under the famous Romanian coaches B'ela and M'arta K'arolyi who had defected from the Soviet Union to the United States. Retton went on to achieve much success in the field of gymnastics, participating in several American and Japanese Cups before earning fame and fortune in the 1994 Summer Olympic Games. Since then, Retton has stayed in the public eye in a variety of ways, notably as a supporter of the Regan administration, appearing in televised political advertisements supporting the president's campaign. She also went back to school at the University of Texas Austin campus and appeared in a TV commercial for the fast food establishment Dairy Queen. She also made an "appearance" albeit in name only, on the hit TV show Glee.
Mary Lou Retton (born January 24, 1968) is an American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist. She was the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title, after 14 Eastern Bloc countries boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Retton was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, of Italian heritage (her family's original surname was "Rotunda"). Her father, Ronnie, operated a coal-industry transportation equipment business. She attended Fairmont Senior High School, but did not graduate. She competed in the Olympic games during her sophomore year.
Retton lived in Houston, Texas until 2009, when her family returned to West Virginia. She is married to former Houston real estate developer Shannon Kelley, who now works for the Fairmont State University athletic department. Together they have four daughters: Shayla Rae Kelley (born 1995), McKenna Lane Kelley (born 1997), Skyla Brae Kelley (born 2000), and Emma Jean Kelley (born 2002).
Inspired by watching Nadia Comaneci on television, Retton took up gymnastics in her hometown of Fairmont. She was coached by Gary Rafaloski. She then decided to move to Houston, Texas, to train under Romanians B'ela and M'arta K'arolyi, who had coached Nadia Comaneci before their defection to the United States. Under the K'arolyis, Retton soon began to make a name for herself in the United States, winning the American Cup in 1983 and placing second to Dianne Durham (another K'arolyi student) at the US Nationals that same year. Retton missed the World Championships in 1983 due to a wrist injury. Nevertheless, Retton won the American Classic in 1983 and 1984, as well as Japan's Chunichi Cup in 1983.
After winning her second American Cup, the US Nationals, and the US Olympic Trials in 1984, Retton suffered a knee injury when she was performing a floor routine at a local gymnastics center. She had sat down to sign autographs when she felt her knee lock, forcing her to undergo an operation. She recove

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