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Mary Lou Retton

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Mary Lou Retton is partnered with Pro Sasha Farber.

Mary Lou Retton catapulted to international fame and ignited a new era of American dominance in gymnastics during the 1984 Summer Olympics, when she became the first American woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics, scoring two perfect 10s along the way. She would win five medals during the 1984 Olympics, the most won by any athlete during that summer's games. She was also the first woman ever to appear on the iconic Wheaties box. In 1997, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Retton retired from competitive gymnastics in 1986. She served as a commentator for NBC at the 1988 Olympics, wrote a daily column for USA Today during the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, and co-hosted the television series Road to Olympic Gold. On the big screen, she appeared in Scrooged and Naked Gun 33-1/3. On television, she has made appearances on Guiding Light, Knots Landing and Baywatch.

Today, Retton is a renowned motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson who travels the world as a "Fitness Ambassador," promoting the benefits of proper nutrition and regular exercise. She remains deeply involved in the gymnastics community and is the mother of four daughters, all of whom are accomplished athletes, as well.

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