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World News October 12, 2023

Olympic gymnast icon Retton fighting for life

Olympic gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton, who made history with her gold medal win in the 1984 Los Angeles Games, is currently in intensive care battling a rare form of pneumonia, as revealed by her daughter McKenna Kelley. The 55-year-old Retton, unable to breathe on her own, has been in the ICU for over a week. A crowdfunding appeal has been launched on Kelley’s Instagram account to raise $50,000 for her mother’s medical expenses, as Retton does not have health insurance. Retton’s iconic 1984 victory marked the first time a non-Eastern European woman won the Olympic all-around gold. This achievement was even more remarkable considering Retton had undergone knee surgery before the Games due to an injury.

Source – CGTN

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