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Mary Lou Retton: Olympic champion gymnast recovering at home after ICU stay for rare pneumonia, daughter says

Monday October 23, 2023 11:19 p.m.

Gymnast Mary Lou Retton 'fighting for her life,' daughter says

American gymnastics icon Mary Lou Retton has returned home after a long stay in hospital due to pneumonia, her daughter announced Monday.

Shaley Kelley Schrepfer, the eldest of Retton’s four daughters, posted an update on Retton’s condition on Instagram nearly two weeks after the family revealed the former Olympic all-around champion was in intensive care .

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Retton, 55, is now in “recovery mode,” according to Schrepfer.

“We still have a long road to recovery,” Schrepfer wrote. “But baby steps.”

The family revealed earlier this month that Retton – who became the first American gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title at the 1984 Los Angeles Games – was “fight for your life” and unable to breathe on her own.

Donations poured into a fundraiser organized by the family to help cover Retton’s medical costs after the family said she had no medical insurance. There have been more than 8,300 donations totaling nearly $460,000 as of Monday afternoon.

Retton was 16 when she became an icon of the U.S. Olympic movement when she won gold at the 1984 Summer Games. The Fairmont, West Virginia, native also won two silver medals and two medals. bronze at these Olympics to help bring gymnastics — a sport long dominated by Eastern European powers like Romania and the Soviet Union — into the mainstream in the United States.

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