Indiana State University Speakers Series, Mary Lou Retton,The Competitive Edge

  • 28 Feb 2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • Tilson Auditorium

Indiana State University Speakers Series
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February 28
7 pm
Tilson Auditorium


Mary Lou Retton,The Competitive Edge

Mary Lou Retton catapulted to international fame by winning the All-Around Gold Medal in women’s gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first American woman ever to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She also won silver medals for Team and Vault, and bronze medals for Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise. Her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the 1984 Olympics.  Other victories include being the only woman to win three American Cups (1983-85), the only American to win Japan’s prestigious Chunichi Cup (1983), two U.S. Gymnastics Federation American Classics (1983-84) and the All-Around title at both the 1984 National Championships and Olympic Trials. Retton retired from competitive gymnastics in 1986.  Today she continues to touch the lives of millions.  A national sports survey found Retton to be the most popular athlete in America.  She is in great demand as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson and also travels the world as a “Fitness Ambassador” promoting the benefits of proper nutrition and regular exercise.  Retton serves as national chairperson and sits on the Board of Governors of the Children’s Miracle Network.

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