Relive McKayla Maroney's rise to stardom: The Makings of Greatness

Amber Matsumoto

There’s no argument that the sweethearts of the London 2012 Olympics were the women’s U.S. gymnastics team. Better known as the “Fierce Five,” this group of young gymnasts stole America’s hearts. McKayla Maroney is now retired from gymnastics, but her 2012 performance is one for the books.

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States stands on the podium with her silver medal during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States stands on the podium with her silver medal during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States of America celebrates her performance on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States of America celebrates her performance on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States competes on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States competes on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States of America celebrates her performance on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States of America celebrates her performance on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

<p>(L-R) McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States looks on as she is consoled by coach Yin Alvarez after she fell on a dismount while competing in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

(L-R) McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States looks on as she is consoled by coach Yin Alvarez after she fell on a dismount while competing in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States looks on as she is introduced in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States looks on as she is introduced in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States of America celebrates her performance on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of the United States of America celebrates her performance on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<p>Silver medalist McKayla Maroney Maroney (R) of the United States greets gold medalist Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

Silver medalist McKayla Maroney Maroney (R) of the United States greets gold medalist Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States looks on during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States looks on during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>Silver medallist McKayla Maroney Maroney (L) of the United States, gold medallist Sandra Raluca Izbasa (C) of Romania and bronze medallist Maria Paseka of Russia pose with their medals during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

Silver medallist McKayla Maroney Maroney (L) of the United States, gold medallist Sandra Raluca Izbasa (C) of Romania and bronze medallist Maria Paseka of Russia pose with their medals during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>Gabrielle Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney Maroney and Jordyn Wieber of the United States celebrate during the final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

Gabrielle Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney Maroney and Jordyn Wieber of the United States celebrate during the final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney Maroney of United States competes on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and Gabrielle Douglas (L-R) of the United States women’s Gymnastics team at the adidas Olympic Media Lounge at Westfield Stratford City on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images for adidas) </p>
McKayla Maroney

Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and Gabrielle Douglas (L-R) of the United States women’s Gymnastics team at the adidas Olympic Media Lounge at Westfield Stratford City on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images for adidas)

<p>Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney Maroney and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate during the final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney Maroney and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate during the final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>Silver medallist McKayla Maroney Maroney (L) of the United States, gold medallist Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania and bronze medallist Maria Paseka of Russia pose with their medals during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

Silver medallist McKayla Maroney Maroney (L) of the United States, gold medallist Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania and bronze medallist Maria Paseka of Russia pose with their medals during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women’s team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) </p>
McKayla Maroney

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women’s team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

<p>U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women’s team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) </p>
McKayla Maroney

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women’s team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

<p>U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney performs during the artistic gymnastics women’s vault finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) </p>
McKayla Maroney

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney performs during the artistic gymnastics women’s vault finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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