Tragic Update On US Olympic Hero Mary Lou Retton’s Condition

Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, a beloved West Virginia native, is battling pneumonia in the intensive care unit. Her daughter, McKenna Kelley, set up a *spotfund to update on her condition. Kelley revealed her mother’s week-long struggle with pneumonia, emphasizing that Retton lacks insurance. Kelley implores, “Please consider helping our family out, and most importantly, please continue to pray.”

Mary Lou Retton, hailing from Fairmont, West Virginia, etched her name in Olympic history during the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Despite knee surgery weeks before, she amazed the world with two perfect 10 scores in floor and vault. Retton also became the first American to win all-around gymnastics gold at the same Olympics, earning two silver and two bronze medals.

Beyond gymnastics, Retton graced screens in shows like “Scrooged,” “Baywatch,” and “Knots Landing” and served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports during President George W. Bush’s tenure. She remains an Olympic and gymnastics ambassador.

West Virginia honors Retton with a road and park in her name, and the widespread support and well-wishes reflect her enduring impact on sports and admirers of her indomitable spirit.