With an amazing performance for Team USA, McKayla Maroney is bringing home a Gold and Silver medal. McKayla shocked the world with her vaulting skills, and is returning from London as a champion in every sense of the word. McKayla’s first vault in the Team Competition stunned the judges and made her a world-wide sensation, only a fraction away from a coveted perfect score.
Stephen Colbert’s take on McKayla’s vault.
During the final, McKayla contributed a score of 16.233 for Team USA, the highest in the competition, and helped the United States achieve Olympic Gold. Her execution score of 9.733 was the highest at the Olympics under the new scoring system.
The rest of the team, dubbed the Fab Five, gave a superstar performance, earning the USA their first Olympic gymnastic team Gold medal since 1996. “I just wanted them to do so well and I’m just so proud of them. I was screaming and yelling,” says McKayla about the event.
McKayla’s long time friend and team mate Kyla Ross contributed scores of 14.933 on uneven bars and 15.133 on balance beam for the US team.toward the American team’s gold medal finish. Regarding the team’s performance, Kyla said “We are all really proud of each other. It was really fun watching floor. McKayla and I were together cheering as loud as we could. We were screaming so loud.”
With a nearly flawless Amanar, McKayla’s first vault scored 15.866, and a score of 9.666 for execution. The Mustafina vault was off by a milimeter, resulting in a slip at the finale and a score of 14.3. McKayla’s performance, despite slipping, was still amazing enough to earn a silver medal, if only by a hair. “The silver medal is actually pretty sick!!” says McKayla, still proud of her attempt, “everything happens for a reason!!” With this year’s events behind her, McKayla has only the future to look forward to.
McKayla’s Olympic stay isn’t over yet though, as she is still cheering her teammates on in the Women’s Uneven Bars, Women’s Balance Beam, and Women’s Floor Exercise.
2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin weighs in on McKayla’s first Olympic experience: “She is still an Olympic Champion… and an Olympic Champion is for life.”