'DWTS': Sasha Farber reveals Mary Lou Retton 'popped a rib' ahead of Disney night (exclusive)

Mary Lou Retton is a true champion!

ET caught up with the former Olympic gymnast and her pro partner, Sasha Farber, following their Mulan-themed contemporary routine on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, where #TeamStickIt revealed the 50-year-old athlete suffered yet another injury just one day before Disney Night.

"[She] popped a rib yesterday," Sasha told ET's Katie Krause. "We just put a Band-Aid over it. She's crazy! I mean, nothing can keep this girl down."

"It's true. We just wrapped it up, real tight," added Mary Lou. "That's why I'm not walking around in a Cinderella dress. She's my favorite princess, but I'm a warrior and that's what Mulan was."

A warrior indeed! Like Mulan, who Mary Lou channeled Monday night while dancing to "Reflection," she says never giving up is something she's done her entire life.

"I'm a little beat up, but I'm OK," she said. "I have to deal with a lot of pain in my life. It is what it is. But it's OK because it makes me stronger."

In addition to her rib, Mary Lou (who was born with hip dysplasia) has also been experiencing pain in her knee. She first injured it and had to have arthroscopic surgery just six weeks before she became the first-ever American woman to win the all-around gold medal in women's gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

"It's getting a little worse but we had some medicine," Mary Lou revealed to ET last week following Trio Night. "Nothing's gonna stop me. I had some psychical therapy and taped it up and I'm good to go."

Luckily, Sasha has been a tremendous help in keeping Mary Lou's spirits up throughout the competition.

"Sometimes she's a little hard on herself," Sasha admitted. "I have to remind her every week. But I'm so proud of her. She's just an inspiration to me so much, every day."

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. In the meantime, hear how another dance duo -- DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold -- are dealing with the former NFL star's broken finger.

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Mary Lou Retton through the years
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Mary Lou Retton through the years
(Original Caption) Mary Lou Retton performs on the balance beam on her way to becoming the first American woman to win the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition gold medal.
Head shot of Mary Lou Reton on uneven bars at the McDonald Am. Cup.
UNDATED: United States gymnast Mary Lou Retton performs, circa 1980s. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
384413 01: Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton poses in a Houston, Texas Studio, 1995. (Photo by Pam Francis/Liaison)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tipper Gore and Mary Lou Retton hold the American flag while they watch the free skate program in White Ring during the 1998 Winter Olympic games. (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Mary Lou Retton, circa 1985. (Photo by Getty Images)
American Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton holds up her gold medal at a press conference during the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Mary Lou, who has also won a silver, has a chance at four more medals.
(Original Caption) Los Angeles: Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont, W. Va., is overjoyed as her coach Bela Korolyi plants a big kiss on her cheek after she squeaked out a narrow win over Ecaterina Szabo of Romania in the Women's All-Around Gymnastics in Los Angeles.
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton during an interview with guest host Joan Rivers on August 8, 1984 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mary Lou Retton spreads her arms during her individual balance beam routine, in which event she placed 4th.
Gold medal winner Mary Lou Retton poses for a photograph after the awards ceremony for the Women's Gymnastics Combined event at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
384413 01: Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton poses in a Houston, Texas Studio, 1995. (Photo by Pam Francis/Liaison)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton performs on August 8, 1984 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Gold medal winner Mary Lou Retton and bronze medal winner Simona Pauca of Romania listen to the playing of the United States National Anthem at the awards ceremony for the Women's Gymnastics Combined event at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 11: Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Lou Retton on stage at the Winning Way 'A Day of Champions' sports gala held at the Arrowhead Pond Stadium on July 11, 2004 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Mary Lou Retton smiles during a speech to a group at the University of Denver before a gymnastics meet among DU, Air Force and Arizona State. Retton talked about her life in gymnastics and competing in the Olympics and winning gold in 1984. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the Women's Sports Foundation's 14th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards on October 4, 1993 at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the Women's Sports Foundation's Fifth Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards on September 24, 1984 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton and athlete Kevin Young attend the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 16: Former Gold Medal Olympian Mary Lou Retton throws out the first pitch before Game three of National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 16, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Cardinals 5-2 to set the series at 2 games to 1 St. Louis. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
1984 Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mary Lou Retton introduces herself during the 2008 Performance Nutrition Culinary Summit at the United States Olympic Center in Colorado Springs. Retton was on hand to learn about the impact of diet on Olympic athletes. Photo by Glenn Asakawa, The Denver Post (Photo By Glenn Asakawa/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - FEBRUARY 21: Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic Gold Medalist in Women's Gymnastics, looks on during the 2009 Tyson American Cup at the Sears Centre on February 21, 2009 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - APRIL 05: Athlete Mary Lou Retton arrives to Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIV at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 5, 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
KATIE - It is a gymnastics challenge between Katie Couric and Mary Lou Retton, on KATIE, airing TUESDAY, DEC. 4, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Disney-ABC via Getty Images)KATIE COURIC, MARY LOU RETTON
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Mary Lou Retton poses at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 at CBS Televison City on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Trios Night' - The 10 remaining celebrities discover that two may be company, but three is definitely not a crowd as former show stars, as well as some newbies, join the couples for a special Trios Night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, MARY LOU RETTON, NASTIA LIUKIN
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Mary Lou Retton (L) and Carrie Ann Inaba pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 at CBS Televison City on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Las Vegas Night' - After taking in the music and culture of New York City on last night's show, the 12 remaining couples are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's most iconic songs as Las Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live TUESDAY, OCT. 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MARY LOU RETTON, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'New York City Night' - The 12 remaining couples take a bite out of the Big Apple and dance to iconic songs from the city that never sleeps, as New York City Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCT. 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, MARY LOU RETTON
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