Bringing Olympic-sized enthusiasm to this episode is the first U.S. woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics at the Olympics —Mary Lou Retton! We may have been fangirling a bit, but who can blame us when you meet someone who is equal parts fierce and inspiring? And is there a better way for us to kick off our birthday week (we’re nine!) than by talking to someone as amazing and inspiring as her?! NOPE!
These days Mary Lou is a busy mom to four sporty daughters who are pursuing gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. She talked with us about how she keeps her energy going with a busy family life, plus her own personal goals on self-improvement. (And, spoiler: a person with five medals in a super competitive sport can still feel insecure!)
Our favorite quotes from Mary Lou in this ep are …
Podcast Episode 31 Highlights With Mary Lou Retton
- How even Mary Lou Retton has her off days (really!)
- Her inspiration for getting into the sport of gymnastics
- Her work with Nature’s Bounty to help people achieve their healthiest lives
- The fact that when she first appeared on the scene, her muscular body was described as “fat” by some of the press
- Her tips for raising strong and confident daughters
- Where she kept her Olympic medals for years (it’s a doozy!)
Also in this episode, we each talk about earliest Mary Lou memories and what she’s meant to us — because, guys, it’s Mary Lou Retton!
Get the episode with Mary Lou Retton here or below!
Do you remember the summer of 1984? What do you think when you hear the name Mary Lou Retton? Tell us about it in the comments! —Margo