McKayla Maroney
American Artistic gymnast
McKayla Maroney
McKayla Rose Maroney is an American artistic gymnast. She is the 2011 World Vault Champion and was a part of the U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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  • 2016
    Age 20
    On February 24, 2016, popular gymnastics podcast GymCastic released a candid 49-minute-long interview with Maroney regarding her health issues preceding and following the 2012 Olympic Games.
    More Details Hide Details In the interview, she announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics – this came two days after fellow Fierce Five teammate Kyla Ross' retirement.
    In an interview after she finished, Maroney said she hoped to upgrade both her vaults by the 2016 Olympics, as well as her tumbling on floor.
    More Details Hide Details At the P&G Championships in August, Maroney competed on vault and floor exercise. She won gold medals in both events.
    She decided in 2016 to no longer compete in gymnastics due to health issues.
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  • 2015
    Age 19
    In March 2015, Maroney stated in a YouTube video that she struggled with adrenal fatigue following the 2013 World Championships.
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  • 2014
    Age 18
    On August 31, 2014, allegedly underage nude images of Maroney were published as part of the 2014 celebrity photo leaks.
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    In March 2014, Maroney underwent surgery on her knee.
    More Details Hide Details Maroney was featured on the cover of the April issue of Inside Gymnastics. In International Gymnast Magazine, she said that she wanted to upgrade both of her vaults.
  • 2013
    Age 17
    On September 15, Maroney was one of four gymnasts named to the United States team for the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
    More Details Hide Details She was originally put on the team to compete on only two events: vault and floor, her strongest ones, but was later named to compete as an all-around gymnast alongside Simone Biles and Kyla Ross after performing extremely well during podium trainings. Teammate Brenna Dowell was named as an alternate instead, as there could only be three gymnasts competing on each event. She scored a total all-around score of 57.149, placing 6th overall, but due to the two-per-country rule, she could not compete in the all around final, the floor final (14.333) or qualify as third reserve to the uneven bars final (14.3). On floor, Maroney would have qualified over teammate Kyla Ross but due to her music being over time by one second she incurred a .1 deduction, putting her in the 6th place with same score as Ross. Due to Maroney having lower execution, albeit having higher difficulty, Ross progressed to the final. In the vault final, she successfully defended her title, winning the gold medal with a score of 15.724. It was the last competitive routine of Maroney's career. She was the first American woman to ever defend a world title on vault.
    In July 2013, Maroney made her return to gymnastics at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, where she placed first on vault with a score of 15.425 (15.600 + 15.250) and third on floor with a score of 14.350, posting the highest execution score on that apparatus.
    More Details Hide Details This was her first event since the 2012 London Olympics.
    In 2013, Maroney signed a sponsorship agreement with Adidas Gymnastics.
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    On January 12, 2013, Maroney served as one of the judges for the Miss America pageant.
    More Details Hide Details She participated in the Thirty Seconds to Mars music video "Up in the Air".
    She defended her World title and won the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World Championships, becoming the first U.S. female gymnast to defend a World Championships vault title.
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  • 2012
    Age 16
    Maroney made her acting debut in the CW television series Hart of Dixie on November 20, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She played Tonya, a friend of Rose's in the episode "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me". That appearance turned into a recurring role, with Maroney appearing in six episodes of the series. In December 2013, Maroney appeared on an episode of the Fox TV show Bones called "The Spark in the Park" (season 9), as a gymnast named Ellie who is a suspect in the murder of a fellow gymnast.
    Maroney returned to The Kellogg's Tour on October 4, 2012 in Oklahoma City on light duty.
    More Details Hide Details She was seen during the finale wearing her leg and foot splints and also at the VIP Meet and Greet session after the event.
    On September 13, 2012, Maroney had two screws inserted to repair the fractured left tibia.
    More Details Hide Details She wore an immobilizer to keep the leg straight until doctors determined that she was ready to resume limited walking and rebuilding range of motion.
    In September 2012, Maroney was injured during an uneven bars dismount while performing at the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions in Ontario, California.
    More Details Hide Details An MRI revealed that she had fractured the tibia in her left leg. The injury occurred shortly before teammate Aly Raisman injured herself performing on the same bars.
    Maroney later poked fun at the meme on various occasions including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, Extra, and most notably when she and the rest of the U.S. Gymnastics team met United States President Barack Obama at the White House in November 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She and President Obama posed for a photo together, both making the same pursed-lips expression. The podium picture made the top spot on Yahoo's list of "Most Viral Photos" of 2012.
    At the end of July, Maroney competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
    More Details Hide Details During training she aggravated a previous bone break in the big toe of her right foot but she still competed on vault, though she did not take part in the floor routine as she had hoped. "Bad things happen, you just have to make the best of it," Maroney said. "It does hurt. It’s broken. How is it not going to hurt? I just try to ignore it and I have worked so hard to be here I can ignore the pain for a little bit." She helped the American team qualify in first place, and individually qualified in first place to the vault final with a score of 15.800. Along with Jordyn Wieber, she is credited for changing the team's nickname from the "Fab Five" to the "Fierce Five". While on the bus to a training session, they decided to change the name because the "Fab Five" was already used for a basketball team associated with the University of Michigan as well as being associated with the musical group Duran Duran. They started searching on their phones for words that started with the letter F that described the team. The top choices were feisty and fierce. Maroney and Wieber opted for "fierce" as they said it described their floor routines, and the rest of the team concurred.
    Maroney was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the rest of the USA Women's Olympic Gymnastics team on the July 18, 2012, issue of "Olympic Preview".
    More Details Hide Details This marked the first time an entire Olympic gymnastics team had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
    Afterwards, Maroney was chosen as a member of the team that was sent to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details She said, "This is the best feeling – it's just so amazing. I'm in shock right now. I think this will be the happiest I'll ever be in my life. It's the absolute best feeling knowing that I trained so hard for this and all the hard things that I have accomplished and now to be on this team. These girls are my best friends. My team mate Kyla Ross, we have been best friends since we were six years old so it's just absolutely amazing to be going to the Olympics." When asked about feeling pressure to win gold on vault at the Olympics, she replied, "If I do my job I know I can get the gold medal. That's what they picked me to be on the team for, so I need to be confident about that."
    In 2012, she said, "I realized that I had a dream that I wanted to go to the Olympics and I wanted to go as far as I could go.
    More Details Hide Details I thought I should probably move to a new gym and start thinking about the Olympics." About her first Olympic memory, she said, "I remember watching Carly Patterson. She was one of my favorites. I loved her floor routine. I went to Olympic Trials that year (2004) with Kyla Ross. I remember seeing the gymnasts on the floor and I loved all of their leotards. I thought they were so little and so amazing. I thought, how am I going to stay this little? I was worried that I was going to be really tall because my dad is 6'3" and my mom is 5'2", so I didn’t know which one I was going to be." In August, Maroney competed at the Visa Championships in Dallas, Texas. She placed twenty-seventh in the all-around with a two-day combined score of 104.800 and third in the vault final with a score of 29.900. When asked about the first time she performed an Amanar in competition, Maroney said, "The first time I did it was at Visa Championships and I was just thirteen years old. I was just really little and I didn't really know what was going on. But I just did it, and I was just very happy that I landed on my feet."
    A photograph of her with a "not impressed" expression, taken after winning silver in the 2012 Olympics, became an Internet meme.
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  • 2011
    Age 15
    In October, Maroney competed at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
    More Details Hide Details She contributed a vault score of 16.033 and a floor score of 14.566 towards the American team's first-place finish. Maroney won the vault final with a score of 15.300. She told International Gymnast Magazine, "For every competition, I just went in there with confidence in myself and in my team, and each day it felt like I gained more and more experience." Maroney upgraded her second vault to a round-off, half-on, full-twisting front layout. "I've done it at two team training camps so far, and it's going pretty well," Maroney said. Her first vault remained an Amanar. In March, Maroney competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy. She placed fourth in the all-around competition with a score of 57.950. In May, Maroney competed at the Secret U.S. Classic in Chicago, Illinois. She placed first on vault with a score of 16.100 and tenth on balance beam with a score of 13.800.
    Maroney was also a member of the gold-winning American team at the 2011 World Championships where she won gold medals in the team and vault competitions.
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  • 1995
    Born on December 9, 1995.
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