McKayla Maroney

Category: Olympians, Women in Sports
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Sports Speaker McKayla Maroney is only 5’2” and though she may look more like your typical modelesque California teenager, the spunky gymnast already has two Olympic medals to her name from the 2012 London Games. As a member of the gold medal women’s artistic gymnastics team known as the Fierce Five, which included teammates Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, and Kyla Ross, McKayla also took home the silver medal on vault. The team was only the second American team after the 1996 Magnificent Seven team to win the team title; this team was composed of Jaycie Phelps, Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Amy Chow, and Amanda Borden.

The petite athlete literally catapulted herself to fame with her highly difficult Amanar vault, easily winning gold at both the 2011 and 2013 World Championships; she is the only American woman to defend this title. McKayla was the favorite for the gold on vault at the 2012 Olympics, especially after a flawless stick during the team final, but an uncharacteristic fall bumped her down to second place. Despite the error, her disappointed expression atop the podium known as the “unimpressed” face became a viral internet meme and pop culture icon. If possible, McKayla became even more likeable by being a good sport and poking fun at herself on The Colbert Report, The Late Show with David Letterman, and even with President Barack Obama. After the Olympics, McKayla signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas, and began her acting career with appearances on Hart of Dixie and Bones.

McKayla’s disappointing performance left her hungry for more, and is back in the gym preparing for the 2016 Olympics. When she is not training, the charismatic gymnast is sure to be posting and interacting with fans on her many social media accounts. McKayla’s personable and outgoing personality shines through in her many videos, tweets, and pictures; no wonder she was voted the Best Athlete on Social Media in 2013, beating out star basketball player Kobe Bryant.