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McKayla Maroney Curious Facts — from Olympic Glory to Becoming a Meme

Oyin Balogun
Mar 30, 2021
11:50 A.M.

McKayla Maroney's life holds a wealth of intriguing facts. It begins with her unforgettable prints as an Olympic gymnast and tunnels through how she became the perfect figure for a Meme.


25-year-old McKayla Maroney is one of America's most impressive Olympic gymnasts. She represented her country in a five-person squad that included other reputable Olympic gymnasts and earned more than one victory for her extraordinary performances.

Following her retirement, McKayla Maroney now involves herself with other engagements besides sports. Here is everything you need to know about her.

McKayla Maroney of USA poses after winning the Gold medal in the Vault Final in Belgium 2013 | Photo: Getty Images

McKayla Maroney of USA poses after winning the Gold medal in the Vault Final in Belgium 2013 | Photo: Getty Images


The Olympic gymnastics champion was born in Long Beach, California. It did not take time for her mother to recognize her high energy level. This prompted McKayla's early enrollment in gymnastics.


Before age two, her passion for sports had already become something that would take her to a world stage, and it finally did. McKayla's early rise to an impressive start began with her enrollment at the National Gymnastics Training Center in CA.


She later moved to the Gym Max Academy of Gymnastics in the same state but in Costa Mesa. Her final move was to the All Olympia Gymnastics Center.

There, the athlete had the best hands available to groom her— her coaches were an ex-Bulgarian Olympian Galina Marinova and a past Soviet Union gymnast Arthur Akopian.

Luckily, throughout this process, she had the support of her parents, who never deterred in showing their unwavering love.



At age 13, McKayla entered her first tournament at the Visa Championships in Dallas, finishing third place in the vault's junior division. The next year, the young athlete emerged the best and took the first position.

A few months after her dad's death, Maroney stunned her fans with a music career launch.

This did not afford her the luxury of resting on her oars, as she braced up for the next year. Eventually, the teenager brought home the trophy the second time in 2011, after coming first place at the Visa Championships.


Her other victories included a top position at the 2010 Pan American Championships, 2011 World Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 City of Jesolo Trophy.

In 2012, McKayla Maroney suffered injuries that included a concussion, minor nose fractures, and bruises during the Olympics warmups. Still, she managed to pull through to the trials and earned a spot on the country's team.

With her impressive skills and determination, the teenage athlete achieved a groundbreaking record by being the only American ever to win a gold medal in the vault.



Sadly, this vibrant, high-spirited Olympic legend has had her share of life's tragedies. As noted earlier, she is now retired from Olympic gymnastics.

Before quitting the sports, she engaged in a lawsuit with the former Team U.S.A Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar over an alleged abuse case.

A few months later, she made some revelations about the abuse case. The Olympic gold medalist confessed that the traumatizing experience makes her doubt if the career was worth it.


Her mom, Erin, also commented on the matter. She explained that the incident took a toll on her daughter, especially after the big reveal that sentenced the doctor to over 100 years in jail.

In 2019, the Maroneys suffered a hurtful loss. McKayla's beloved father, Mike, passed away. This news was relayed in a soul-stirring post honoring and mourning the deceased.



The 25-year-old is not only an inspirational figure for fans to love and admire gymnastics as a sport, but she is also an epitome of hilariousness following her "McKayla Maroney not impressed" look.

It all dates back to 2012, when she could have won a gold medal in the women's vault competition. Sadly, she earned silver after a shocking fall, leading her to display her unhappiness when receiving the award.

Since then, the internet has circulated McKayla Maroney's meme, a photo with her grudging look boldly plastered on her face.



A few months after her dad's death, Maroney stunned her fans with a music career launch. Although she always whispered her love for the craft, she swung into motion in March 2020 after releasing her track titled "Wake Up Call."

Her vocals were purely on point, leaving even the media to believe that she may have a shot at a music competition. Recently, there were speculations that she might be the singer "Jellyfish" on the "The Masked Singer" show.

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