McKayla Maroney Headed For The Gold On Her Own

By: Amanda Crum - August 1, 2012

McKayla Maroney helped lead the U.S. gymnastics team to a huge win yesterday, and now she’s headed towards one of her very own.

As one of the “Fierce Five”, she helped secure the gold for her team with her Amanar vault, a routine so complicated it can only be executed by a few people in the entire world. Now, with the impressive scores she earned with her teammates, she’s got her eyes trained on a goal for herself, and most think she’s got it in the bag despite a small foot injury. But such things don’t concern an Olympic athlete.

“It’s like no pain, no gain. You just ignore what’s there and do your job,” Maroney said. “Everybody goes through stuff like this and you just have to kind of accept it and take it as it is and just do the best that you can with it.”

When the Russian team failed to get the high scores expected of them, the Fierce Five could almost feel the gold around their necks, yet they didn’t let themselves get over-confident. Rather, they pushed through and made sure they gave 100% to their routines like any true Olympic athletes would.

“It was the best feeling to be up there and watch that flag go up,” Maroney said. “I’ve pictured it. And it was pretty close to what I pictured. It was just the best feeling.”

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  • Toney

    the vault was perfect; those judges have lost their minds… good luck Mckayla

  • Violet

    It is the Fierce Five….

  • Violet

    It is indeed the Fierce Five.

  • Dick

    It’s actually the Fierce 5. The Fab 5, was coined and trademarked by the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team of 1990 that won the NCAA March Madness tournament. Even though this 5 is much more pleasing to the eye, in my opinion. . . they are Fierce, and not Fab. . .

    • dell

      The Fab 5 played at Michigan

  • sean20

    The Fab 5 won in 1989 not 1990.

  • ND

    Can’t wait for McKayla to turn 18, she can then rub her pink button and butterfly into a pasty lather!

    • Toby

      You’re a pig!

    • Really?

      ND, I don’t think your mama gave you enough toys to play with.

  • ND

    Wonder how many of the US mens basketball team tried to hit McKayla, they don’t care about legal age!

  • TFW let it burn

    She can vault on to my c/ock