Gym Mom of the year

Mary Lou Retton 🙂

If you want to see Mary Lou Retton in person on an average weekend in 2016, you can find her in the same place you might have found her in 1984: at a gymnastics meet. Still under 5 feet tall, same megawatt smile, slightly updated haircut.

But, of course, the 1984 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion is not doing flips on the balance beam anymore. And after retiring from competition, she didn’t take the same routes as other gymnastics superstars–she didn’t take up coaching like 1992 Olympian Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, try her hand at judging like 2008 Olympian Chellsie Memmel or have a career as a commentator like 2008 Olympic champion Nastia Liukin.

Retton is just cheering, enjoying life in the stands as the mother of four daughters, all of whom are involved in gymnastics. …

NBC Olympics

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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