Mary Lou Retton was sidelined with a serious medical issue this fall, and now she's especially grateful to share the holidays with her daughters.
Retton shares four daughters — Shayla Kelley Schrepfer, McKenna Lane Kelley, Skyla Kelley and Emma Jean Kelley — with former University of Texas quarterback Shannon Kelley, whom she divorced in 2018, according to People.
After some ups and downs, the Olympic gold medalist addressed her followers with a statement on her Instagram page Oct. 30, writing, “I’m beyond blessed to have the opportunity to make this statement. I am overwhelmed with all the love and support from the world as I fight. I am forever grateful to you all!”
Retton shared her progress on Instagram at Thanksgiving, writing, "As we gather to celebrate this Thanksgiving, my heart is overflowing with profound gratitude. I want to express how truly blessed and thankful I am to be slowly improving and to be home with my girls, especially after my time in the hospital."
She continued, "The love and support of my four amazing daughters have been a source of strength and inspiration throughout my journey. Their presence in my life is a testament to the incredible bonds of family."
In 1984, Retton became the first American woman to win gold in the Olympic gymnastics all-around competition, inspiring a generation and becoming a celebrity.
On Dec. 26, the 55-year-old Retton posted a sweet selfie of her supportive children, who are all wearing headbands with festive Christmas lights attached.
She captioned the image simply, “Merry Christmas 🎄🎁.”