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Mary Lou Retton is home, recovering, daughters say

Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton is out of the hospital and recovering from a difficult bout with pneumonia, her daughters said on social media.

“Mom is home and in recovery mode,” wrote daughters McKenna Kelley and Shayla Kelley Schrepfer on Instagram.

“We still have a long road ahead of us, but baby steps. We are overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone. Grateful doesn’t scrape the surface of the posture of our hearts.”

Retton’s daughters revealed Oct. 10 that she was in an intensive care unit and “fighting for her life. She is not able to breathe on her own.”

Since then, the family — including daughters Skyla and Emma — has posted additional updates to indicate Retton’s condition is improving.

Retton, 55, is a native of Fairmont, Marion County. She made history as the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in Olympic gymnastics.

Her gold medal heroics in the individual all-around competition during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles were punctuated with a perfect 10 on vault. She also took two silver medals and two bronze medals, making her the single biggest American winner.

Pride in Retton’s achievements continues to run deep in West Virginia. Mary Lou Retton Drive and Mary Lou Retton Youth Park each carry her name.

Her father, Ronnie Retton, was captain of the 1958-59 WVU basketball team that lost the national championship by one point. Ronnie Retton, who owned a company that repaired coal mining cable, died in 2021.

Retton moved back to Fairmont in 2009 when her then husband, Shannon Kelly, was hired as director of the Fairmont State Athletic Association, the fundraising unit of the university’s athletic department. The family moved back to Houston in 2012. They have four daughters, including McKenna, who is a retired collegiate gymnast. Retton and Kelly divorced in 2018.

Retton has been inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.