McKayla Maroney is a gymnast competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. She is the 2011 world vault champion and the 2011 world team champion.

McKayla Maroney rebounded from a scary concussion the second day of Nationals to perform solid routines on vault and floor weeks later at the Olympic Trials. Maroney will certainly contribute on vault in team finals and is the undisputed favorite to win Olympic gold in the individual event finals on vault.

Maroney had an extremely successful world championship debut in 2011. After teammate Alicia Sacramone sustained a torn Achilles' tendon, Maroney's strength on vault was valued even more by Team USA. She didn't disappoint - sticking the vault in team qualification, hitting it again in finals, and a third time en route to an individual gold in vault finals. The U.S. reclaimed the world team title, too, where Maroney also contributed on floor exercise.

In her first year as a senior at the VISA Championships, McKayla Maroney won the all-around silver medal and the vault national title. She rebounded from a difficult day one of competition to hit her routines and land on the podium behind another first-year senior, Jordyn Wieber.

Maroney has gained international acclaim for her Yurchenko two-and-a-half vault, known as an Amanar after Romanian Simona Amanar, who first performed the vault at the 2000 Olympic Games. While most gymnasts struggle to get full rotation and often land with a step, Maroney has "stuck" the vault several times in competition. Maroney's mastery of a vault with such a high start value (6.5) makes her a huge asset for Team USA.

Although she is known for her impressive vaulting, Maroney has shown that she can compete on all four events. She won the all-around title at City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy over teammate Jordyn Wieber in March 2011 before claiming silver behind Wieber at the VISA Championships.

It is a familiar story for many gymnasts, but Maroney says her mom put her in gymnastics because she had so much energy as a child. Before committing to gymnastics, Maroney used to do soccer, ice skating , and tennis. She is one of three children.


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Age: 21 years old
Birthday: December 9, 1995
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 101 lbs.
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
Current Residence: Laguna Niguel, CA

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