McKayla Maroney: Then and Now
Gym Gab is excited to present the last of a five-day series featuring the Fierce Five. Today we take a look at McKayla Maroney and why she was so important on the U.S. team in 2012, as well as where she is now.
Find other Fierce Five member’s “then and now” links below.
McKayla Maroney Then
At her first Junior U.S. Championshps in 2009, McKayla Maroney was the “other” gymnast from Gym-Max, sidekick to the surprise Junior champion Kyla Ross. Her difficulty was not very high on bars, beam and floor, but she did have one showstopping trick: Maroney was a 13-year-old who could do an Amanar vault, largely considered the hardest thing to do in women’s gymnastics. And in spite of her age and experience, she did it very well.
McKayla Maroney Now
The “not impressed” face was just the beginning. The expressive, tell-it-like-it-is Maroney underscores what makes the Fierce Five different, even compared to other uber-successful U.S. women’s gymnastics teams. When she describes her gymnastics career, Maroney doesn’t talk about sacrifices, school dances not attended, family she doesn’t get to see much because she’s always in the gym. “We all love gymnastics so much,” she says. Though a recent knee surgery will keep her out of commission for the rest of the year, Maroney, who successfully defended her World title on vault at the 2013 World Championships, is planning to return for 2015 with an eye to making the Rio Olympics.
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