Last Thursday I got a call from Mary Lou Retton.
I say that as if it's something that happens every day but let me assure you it was a very big deal and I had to hold back the squeals of excitement as if I was a teenager again, watching the 1984 Olympics.
I've interviewed a couple other famous people but this was a little different because it came out of the blue and I was told I could ask anything. It didn't have to be related to a particular product and it was just me and Mary Lou on the phone which made things feel kind of special.
So I took your questions to heart and asked her about her children (she has four daughters) and whether they're gymnasts too. I asked her if she still gets fan mail, I asked about her life with the media and how she feels about the Olympics and athletes today.
I asked her about 12 minutes worth of questions though I didn't ask her my brother's questions. Among other things he wanted to know, "So what's your carbon footprint like? What size do you wear? Like, a size four or something?"
You see our family has a history with gymnastics because I believe it was during Mary Lou's famous gold-medal vault when my youngest sister decided that she too had Olympic potential and did a dismount off the arm of the couch which broke her collar bone (though I didn't think that bringing that little incident up during the interview would be very smooth).
Ms. Retton was pleasant and friendly and much better under the pressure of the microphone than I was and you can hear our interview below. Did you know she's the most popular sports figure in America? Still? Amazing, huh? But after hearing our conversation you'll understand why.
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