Mary Lou Retton

1984 was a very good year for gymnast Mary Lou Retton. She won five medals at the Summer Olympics that year in Los Angeles, including a gold, two silver and two bronze.

Her athletic prowess, and her infectious smile, captivated America’s hearts. Mine was no exception.

But it turns out there is something in Mary Lou Retton’s life that was much more important than gymnastics.

I was thrilled to meet her in 2000.

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