Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton
Celebrated Name: Mary Lou Retton
Real Name/Full Name: Mary Lou Retton
Gender: Female
Age: 56 years old
Birth Date: 24 January 1968
Birth Place: Fairmont, West Virginia, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.45 m
Weight: 42 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Husband/Spouse (Name): Shannon Kelley
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Emma, Skyla, McKenna, and Shayla)
Dating/Boyfriend (Name): No
Is Mary Lou Retton Lesbian?: No
Profession: Gymnast
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $10 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Mary Lou Retton is a popular American former gymnast who has successfully represented her nation in many international events. She became the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in Olympics. Mary has been conferred with many honors and she has even made many television and film appearances. Her gymnastic legacy also came up with the uneven bars routine called”The Retton flip”.

Maybe you know about Mary Lou Retton very well But do you know how old and tall is she, and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of Mary Lou Retton’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, husband, boyfriend, dating, divorce, kids, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Mary Lou Retton is the daughter of Ronnie Retton who used to work in a coal industry transportation equipment business. She was born in Fairmont, West Virginia in January 24, 1968.

She went to Fairmont Senior High School. However, she was not able to graduate as she competed in the Olympic Games during her sophomore year. As a child, Mary was inspired by Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

It was then she decided to take gymnastics. Initially, she was coached by Gary Rafaloski. Soon she moved to Houston in Texas to receive coaching from Marta and Bela Karolyi.

Age, Height, Weight and Body Measurements

Being born on 24 January 1968, Mary Lou Retton is 56 years old as of today’s date 22nd June 2024. Her height is 1.45 m tall, and weight is 42 kg.

Personal Life: husband, boyfriend, dating, divorce, kids

In 1990, Mary Lou Retton got married to Shannon Kelley who is a former quarterback and a real estate developer. The couple has four daughters named Emma, Skyla, McKenna, and Shayla. However, their relationship came to an end in 2018. From 2009 to 2012, she used to live with her family in West Virginia and later moved to Houston, Texas.


With immense training and hard work, Mary Lou Retton won the American cup in 1983. The same year she also placed second at the US Nationals. However, she had a wrist injury that prohibited her participation at the World Gymnastics Championships. Mary has also won Japan’s Chunichi cup and the American Classics.

Following her recovery from a knee injury, Mary qualified for the 1984 Summer Olympics games. Subsequently, she won the all-around gold medal by beating Ecaterina Szabo of Romania. Mary has also won silver medals in the same event in team and vault. Additionally, she won bronze medals for uneven bars and floor exercises. However, Mary had a short-lived career as a gymnast as she retired in 1986. She was born with hip dysplasia which aggravated the competitive gymnast.

Apart from being a gymnast, she has also made many compensated endorsements. She has served as the spokesperson for Revco which is a US drug store chain. Mary has also been in commercial endorsements and was the first female athlete for Wheaties box. She has served as an analyst for the University of Texas at Austin on many occasions. In 2019, she was named as the spokesperson for a pain relief cream Australian Dream.

It was in 1982 when she made her film debut. In 1985 she became the host of ABC Funfit for a series of 5-minute segments. Mary was also seen in the 1988 film called Scrooged. Some of her other film and television credits include An Evening at the Improv, Baywatch, Knots Landing, Glee, and Mary Lou’s Flip Flop Shop. In 2018, she participated in the reality show, Dancing with the Stars.

Awards & Achievements

Apart from being an Olympic medalist, Mary has been bestowed with many honors. In 1985 the American Academy of Achievement conferred her with the Golden plate Award. In 1997 she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In 2020, she was elected into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame. She also won the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award in 1984.

Net Worth & Salary of Mary Lou Retton in 2024

Mary Lou Retton Net Worth
Mary Lou Retton Net Worth

As of June 2024, The net worth of Mary is around $10 million. With her short-lived career, she was able to make this money. Mary has also been able to make money by endorsing different companies and brands. She is active in many fields and became a star gymnast following her win at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Mary has always been an inspiration for many. Whether it is about appearing winning Olympic gold medals or appearing on TV shows, she has left a legacy in gymnastics even with a short career. However, the retired gymnast also was involved in a scandal in 2017. She was able to overcome the problem without any issue and continues to impress us.


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