Mary Lou Retton knows a thing or two about tough competition. After all, the former gymnast had once battled for the gold medal in the individual all-around competition at the Olympic Games. And Retton squeaked by her nearest competitor by a mere 0.05 points to nab the gold medal – the first time an American woman had ever done so.
But in the spring of 2019 Retton’s daughter was the one in the spotlight, as 22-year-old McKenna Kelley took to the mat at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. And as McKenna’s routine began, the announcer reminded viewers that this would be her final time competing with the Louisiana State University team before she graduated.
Yet while the stakes were high for McKenna, none of the pressure seemed to show on the gymnast’s face. In fact, she actually displayed a smile as she embarked on her floor exercise. And what happened next left everyone stunned. One member of the audience, in particular, had been in a very similar position 35 years prior.