Mary Lou Retton Talks Beginnings & Daughter’s Success

Gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton talks with “Arkansas Matters” about her beginnings, and her daughter’s success at LSU.

Watch the full interview here.

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“I was that child who was just self-taught, tumbling in the yard, cartwheels down the hallway in the house, you know jumping on mom’s bed, flipping, getting in trouble and watching Nadia in those ’76 games it was like ‘Oh my gosh. That’s what I want to do,” Retton recalls.

“I remember telling my mom, ‘I’m going to do that. I’m going to go to the Olympics and win a gold medal for the USA’ and she patted me on the shoulder and said ‘sure honey sure,'” Retton continues.

“We didn’t have the school dances and the high school football games, but at the age of 13, I’m climbing the Great Wall of China because I’ve got a meet against the Chinese. So, I have different memories,” Retton adds.

“Somebody places a gold medal around your neck, the flag’s rising and your hand is over your heart. It’s just a surreal moment,” she says.

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