Currently alive, at 50 years of age.
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1968 – Born on the 24th of January in Fairmont, West Virginia.
1980 – She was successful at major American and international tournaments.
1983 – She moved to Houston, Texas, to train with Bela Karolyi, who helped Retton develop a style that suited her compact, muscular frame.
1984 – Achieved perfect scores in her final two events to win a dramatic victory in the all-around exercises.
– She won first place in the vault, floor exercise, and all-around events.
1984 – Her second American Cup and the US Nationals and US Olympic Trials in 1984, Retton suffered a knee injury that forced her to undergo an operation.
– She recovered just in time for the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
1985 – She retired from gymnastics after winning an unprecedented third American Cup title.
1990 – She worked as a spokeswoman for the eastern U.S. drugstore chain Revco.
1997 – She was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
2004 – Retton did however deliver the Pledge of Allegiance with fellow former gymnast and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Strug on the fourth night of the Republican National Convention, and signed a letter expressing support from various U.S. athletes for the re-election of President George W. Bush.