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Olympian Mary Lou Retton home from the hospital and in ‘recovery mode’ amid battle with rare pneumonia

Five-time Olympic medalist Mary Lou Retton is back at home after her family revealed earlier this month that the gymnastics icon was “fighting for her life” after suffering from a rare form of pneumonia.

McKenna Kelley, one of Retton’s daughters, shared the update on social media Monday, adding that Retton is now in “recovery mode.” 

Mary Lou Retton looks on during a competition

Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gold medalist in women’s gymnastics, attends the Tyson American Cup at the Sears Centre on Feb. 21, 2009, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

“Mom is HOME and in recovery mode. We still have a long road of recovery ahead of us, but baby steps,” she wrote in the post on Instagram. 

Since then the initial goal of $50,000 has been more than fulfilled with more than 8,300 people donating nearly $450,000. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) also stepped in to offer aid.

Retton was nicknamed “America’s sweetheart” during her gold medal-winning performance at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. She was just 16 when she scored perfect 10s in the floor exercise and vault in the final two rotations to become the first American woman to win the Olympic all-around title.

She would earn five medals that year, two silver and two bronze in addition to gold.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.


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