Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton

BELTON — The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced Monday that 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton will deliver the 2019 McLane Lecture.

The lecture will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the arena of the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center, 900 College St., Belton. The free event is open to the public.

Retton, 51, catapulted to international fame and ignited a new era of American dominance in gymnastics during the 1984 Summer Olympics, where she became the first American woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics, scoring two perfect 10s along the way.

Retton won five medals during the 1984 Olympics, the most won by any athlete during that summer’s games. She also numerous gymnastics competitions and was the first woman to appear on the Wheaties cereal box

Retton is a renowned motivational speaker who travels the world as a “fitness ambassador” to promote the benefits of proper nutrition and regular exercise.

The McLane Lecture brings internationally recognized speakers to UMHB each year to share their experiences and insights about leadership, government, business, and faith.

The annual lecture is offered through the generosity of Temple residents Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr.