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Mary Lou Retton’s daughter says Olympic-winning mother faced recent ‘scary setback’ in pneumonia fight

Mary Lou Retton, who captured the attention of the nation when she won the all-around women’s gymnastics competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics, had a “scary setback” as she fights a “very rare form” of pneumonia.

In the first update in four days, Shayla Kelley Schrepfer, Retton’s daughter, that things seemed like they were headed “on the up and up,” but things took a turn for the worse on Tuesday.

“Basically at the beginning of this week, we were going on the up and up,” Schrepfer said in the Instagram post. “We were so excited seeing so much progress. And then yesterday, we had a pretty scary setback.”

Mary Lou Retton atop the podium at the 1984 Olympic games

(L-R) Ecaterina Szabo, Mary Lou Retton, Simona Pauca, Women’s gymnastics medal ceremony, Pauley Pavilion, at the 1984 Summer Olympics, August 1, 1984. (Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

Mary Lou Retton looks on during a competition

Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Gymnastics, looks on during the 2009 Tyson American Cup at the Sears Centre on February 21, 2009 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After she retired from gymnastics, Retton became a motivational speaker and frequently shared messages about the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise. She also served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under former President George W. Bush.

Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report.

Sarah Rumpf-Whitten is a writer on the breaking news team for Fox News Digital. You can reach her on Twitter at @s_rumpfwhitten.


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