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Daughter of Olympic Gymnastics Champion Mary Lou Retton Reveals She is ‘Fighting for Her Life’

Olympic gymnastics champion Mary Lou Retton is currently in the intensive care unit of a Texas hospital due to pneumonia.

Retton’s daughter, McKenna Kelley, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share her mother’s condition. Kelley revealed that Retton, who made history as the first American woman to win the Olympic all-around title, is “fighting for her life” and is currently unable to breathe on her own.

In an effort to cover the medical expenses, Kelley has started a fundraising campaign for Retton. It is worth noting that Retton does not currently have medical insurance.

Retton made headlines at just 16 years old when she won the gold medal in gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Her outstanding performance, which included winning two silver and two bronze medals, helped bring gymnastics into the mainstream in the U.S., a sport that had long been dominated by countries like Romania and the Soviet Union.

Retton, who is a mother of four, currently resides in Texas.

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