Olympic Speaker for hire Mary Lou Retton is one of the greatest U.S. Olympians of all-time. She won a Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles becoming the first U.S. female gymnast to win 5 medals in a single Olympic Games. Mary Lou is also the first U.S. female gymnast ever to win the Olympic Gold Medal in the individual all-around competition.
Olympic Speaker Mary Lou was the first of what has become a long line of successful U.S. gymnasts including Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles to shine on the world’s stage. Mary Lou was only 16 when she competed for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympic Games. She was one of the first gymnasts to train under the coaching of Bela and Marta Karolyi who defected to the United States from Russia following the 1980 Olympic Games.
Following her 5 medal performance in Los Angeles, Mary Lou was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year. She also became the first spokeswoman for Wheaties, appearing on her own special edition box in 1984. A 1993 Associated Press study later released a sports study naming Mary Lou as tied for first place with Dorothy Hamill as the most popular athlete in America.
Mary Lou was a popular Olympics correspondent during the late 80’s and early 90’s. she worked as a commentator for NBC during the 1988 Olympic Games and was an on-site columnist for USA Today at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Now Mary Lou is a highly sought after motivational sports speaker for corporate events, trade shows, women’s conference and other special events. She shares stories from her own Olympic experience and other topics including the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise.
Would your organization like to hire Mary Lou Retton to make a personal appearance at your next event? Contact Celebrity Speakers Bureau today to hire Mary Lou Retton or another top Olympic Speaker to entertain and engage your audience at an upcoming corporate conference, speaker series, trade show or special event.