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Category: Christian Athletes, Female Athletes, Gymnasts, Medal Winners, Olympic Athletes, Top Christian Speakers

Highlights: Mary Lou Retton won five gymnastics medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics and became the first American female to win gold in the individual all-around competition.

Travels From: Texas

Fee Range: $20,001 - $30,000

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Mary Lou Retton is an Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who took top honors at the 1984 Summer Games in the individual all-around event. She also won two silvers in the team and vault competitions and two bronze medals in the floor exercise and uneven bars. In wining the gold medal, Retton became the first women in United States history to win the all-around and helped solidify her standing as one of the most popular American Olympic athletes ever.

In recognition of her success, Retton received numerous honors in 1984, including being named the Sports Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year and AP Female Athlete of the Year. The next year, she became the youngest athlete ever to be inducted into the USOC Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1994, the USOC honored her with the establishment of the Mary Lou Retton Award for excellence in athletics. In 1995, she was presented the Flo Hyman Award by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 1997, Retton became a member of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She was also the first female to ever appear on a Wheaties box and represented the president of the United States as a member of the official White House delegation at the 1992 and 1998 Olympics.

Retton was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on January 24, 1968. Retton moved to Houston, Texas to train with renowned gymnastics coaches Marta and Bela Karolyi, who worked with Nadia Comaneci leading up to her success at the 1976 Olympics. After her gymnastics career ended, Retton made numerous cameo appearances in movies and tv shows, including "Glee", "Baywatch" and "Knots Landing". In 2018, she also competed on "Dancing with the Stars".

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Watch Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin speaking with Matt Lauer in 2012.