Mary Lou Retton, (born January 24, , Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S.), gymnast who was the first American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in. Gymnast Mary-Lou Retton scooped five medals at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, more than any other athlete. Her success on home soil transformed .
It's been a lot of years since five-time Olympic Medalist–one gold, two silver and two bronze — Mary Lou Retton competed as a gymnast. MARY LOU RETTON catapulted to international fame at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first American woman ever to win the Gold .