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West Virginia Olympian Mary Lou Retton talks about overcoming adversity at Jackson County Community Foundation dinner

By ROGER ADKINS

Jackson Newspapers

Mary Lou Retton speaks during the recent Jackson County Community Foundation Celebration Dinner.
(Jackson Newspapers photo by Roger Adkins)

RIPLEY, W.Va. — If she had listened to the doubters, Mary Lou Retton would never have set foot on the competition floor at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Retton was the guest speaker last week at the Jackson County Community Foundation’s annual Community Celebration Dinner. Retton’s remarks centered around overcoming adversity to achieve success.

“I wasn’t supposed to be there. People like me weren’t supposed to go to the Olympics,” she said. “I was that self-taught kid tumbling in my front yard.”

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