Mary Lou Retton, a famous personality and talented athlete who got fame after giving best performance and winning the women’s vaulting competition at the Olympics in Los Angeles. Her daughter gave a statement in social media platforms and fund-raising platforms that her mother is in critical condition.
Her condition got worse day by day and she was seriously ill. She is suffering from the uncommon pneumonia and unable to breathe. She is hospitalized.
On Tuesday, one of Marry Lou Retton’s daughters gave a statement and said that my mother who is legendary US gymnast, is currently fighting for her life and she is in critical condition. Marry’s daughter also appealed for financial aid.
McKenna said in a social media post that her mother has been in the emergency room for more than 07 days and is unable to breathe on her own. According to her daughter McKenna Kelley on Instagram, Mary Lou Retton, an esteemed figure in American Olympic history, has been diagnosed with an extremely uncommon form of pneumonia and her life is in risk.
McKenna Kelley shared an update on her mother’s health in a post published on Tuesday afternoon. She stated that Mary Lou Retton has spent more than a week in an ICU and is unable to breathe on her own.
Additionally, Kelley stated that the family is using Spotfund, an online fundraising tool, to solicit money and seek aid. The money generated will be used to pay for Retton’s medical bills because she has a very uncommon kind of pneumonia. While not sharing all the information, Kelley showed her dedication to protecting her mother’s privacy by revealing that Retton does not currently have health insurance.
Although Kelley refrained from revealing specifics on her mother’s illness, she did note that the type of pneumonia her mother had was extremely rare. Unfortunately, no further information about the particular kind or features of pneumonia was provided.
A message requesting more information was sent to Kelley on Tuesday, but she did not instantly reply. Kelley was a former gymnast at Louisiana State University.
The now 55-year-old Mary Lou Retton created history in 1984 when she became the first American woman to win an individual Olympic medal or the gold medal in gymnastics all-around. She was only five hundredths of a point behind Romania’s Ecaterina Szabo in the competition’s final rotation. Retton could only beat Szabo if he could score a perfect 10 on the vault.
Amazingly, Retton got a perfect 10, which secured her win and cemented her legacy in Olympic gymnastics.
Mary Lou Retton’s Performance:
At the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, Mary Lou Retton gave an extraordinary performance and secured home five medals in total. She also secured home two silver medals: one for vaulting and one for team events. She also took home two bronze medals, one for the floor exercise and one for the uneven bars.
Retton’s triumph was important, it should be noted, because the Soviet Union, which at the time dominated women’s gymnastics, boycotted the 1984 Games. However, her efforts turned her into a national sports legend in the US.
Apart from the usual rewards that come with winning an Olympic gold medal, like getting to be featured on a box of Wheaties cereal, she was also considered as a role model for a new wave of American girls who want to become gymnasts.
Mary Lou Retton’s influence remained even as the American gymnastics program expanded and had bigger achievements, including a team gold medal in 1996.
Before Carly Patterson took the second in 2004, Retton was the only American woman to win the all-around title for a considerable amount of time.
Like many comparable gymnasts, Retton started her gymnastics journey at a young age. She was born in Fairmont, West Virginia. Retton began her full-time athletic training by the time she was 7 years old.
Retton’s talent instantly appeared. She also proved herself as the best athlete, but it was not until the conclusion of a training session of Olympic camp in Reno, Nevada, in 1982 that he made a breakthrough and was getting fame.
Bela Karolyi, who would train her later at the 1984 Olympics where she achieved amazing success, was the first step in her fame. She proved every time that she is very talented and had potential to win every big title.