McKayla Maroney is ready to make a big splash at the 2012 London Olympics.
Maroney comes into London as a favorite on the vault. She has dominated that apparatus in virtually every national and international competition since 2010. Maroney is the defending world champion in the event and she placed first in the vault at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to secure her place on a talent laden women's gymnastics team.
Maroney is a favorite to extend her vault dominance on the biggest stage of her career. This profile will give you extra insight into her life and career:
Athlete: McKayla Maroney
Sport: Artistic gymnastics
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Olympic Appearances: Qualified for the 2012 London Games.
Olympic Medals: None
Favorite Event: Floor
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Personal Life: Maroney's parents are Mike and Erin Maroney. Her father was a quarterback at Purdue. Maroney has two siblings, Tarynn and Kav. She is home-schooled to make it easier for her to train for gymnastics. Maroney owns a pet dog named Tia Maria
Hobbies: Watching movies, shopping, hanging out at the beach or pool.
Interesting Trivia: She first began doing gymnastics at 2 years old. It was her mother's way of trying to subdue Maroney's endless amount of energy. The episode inspiring the idea of gymnastics occurred when Maroney ran around all fours attempting to mimic the title character in "Tarzan."
Other Facts: Before focusing exclusively on gymnastics, Maroney competed in several other sports. She used to play soccer and tennis in warm weather months and did ice skating during the winter.
Career Highlights: Maroney began creating a name for herself on the international stage in 2010. That year, she put together an outstanding performance at the Pan American Games. Maroney won gold in the vault and floor exercise and helped win a team gold medal. She continued her rise by winning gold for vault at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. Maroney helped her team capture a gold medal by contributing a routine on the floor. She qualified for a spot in the 2012 Olympics after finishing first in the vault at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
John Coon has covered multiple Olympic sports at all levels as a sports reporter based in Salt Lake City. He considers the Summer Olympics one of his favorite sporting events.
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