Remember Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney? Look What She’s Doing Now.
Right now we are all talking about the "Final Five" American gymnasts who took the gold medal at the Olympic games in Rio. Four years ago, however, we were in love with the dynamic "Fierce Five," including McKayla Maroney.
McKayla not only helped her team win gold in the team competition, she earned a silver medal on the women's vault. McKayla had to retire from gymnastics after injuries and surgeries from her strict training proved to be too much. Although, the sport is not to far from her. The 20-year-old is currently appearing on "Good Morning America" as part of the gymnastics coverage for Rio.
McKayla is keeping busy with a new career in entertainment where she hopes to excel the way she did as a first class athlete. She is also happy to give up the "I'm not impressed" meme that went viral during the games in London.
McKayla Maroney was one of the members of the Fierce Five during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The California native was only 16 years old. She also has a team gold from the 2011 world championships. She won gold on the vault in 2011 and 2013 world championships as well.
It's fair to say McKayla dominated the vault in her sport.
McKayla was homeschooled so she could focus her training in gymnastics.
During the Olympics in London, McKayla competed with an injured big toe which she had broken previously.
"Bad things happen, you just have to make the best of it. 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," said McKayla about competing despite the pain.
Her vault score was the highest score given during the women's competition.
McKayla has also had to deal with a broken tibia and had surgery on one of her knees.
McKayla was thrilled when she made the Olympic team with her best friend Kyla Ross.
She had wanted to keep competing and make it to Rio but due to health concerns she announced her retirement on February 24, 2016.
Nonetheless, McKayla left her mark in the world of gymnastics.
While competing and winning gold and silver in London, she inspired many little girls to join the sport.
McKayla admits she wasn't sure how she would feel watching her former teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas compete.
"I didn’t know how I was going to be able to handle [watching the Rio Olympics], because being an athlete and being in that world, it’s almost like you’re like, 'Oh man, I wish that I would’ve been able to be there,'" says McKayla.
McKayla was expected to win gold on the vault.
She fell on her second vault but still her performance on the first was so strong she won the silver medal. Nonetheless, her "not impressed" look went viral with funny memes.
Today, McKayla is focusing on a music career, her single "Ghost" is set to release on September 8th.
"I like to say my genre is vulnerable pop because it’s all melody and lyrically driven and heart driven," explains McKayla.
McKayla has also changed her look which has some speculating she has gone under the knife, something the gymnast denies.
"I haven’t had anything done. I’m just getting older and I’m 20 now. Four years ago, I was 16 and I weighed 20 pounds less than I do now," says McKayla of her physical change.
McKayla has also tried her hand in acting. She's appeared on "Hart of Dixie" and "Bones."
She admits she loves to sing about love and is inspired by Taylor Swift's music.
The 20-year-old admits she went through an identity crisis when she retired from gymnastics.
"I’m worth more than a gold medal. I’m worth more than being a gymnast. I am not what I do. I am who I am and I’m what I love," says McKayla.
Courtesy of LifeBuzz