espnW: McKayla Maroney
Happy birthday, McKayla Maroney! The gymnast and internet sensation can now legally vote -- she turns 18 today. The reigning world champion on the vault and a member of the gold-medal-winning Team USA at the 2012 Olympics, Maroney is one of the most recognizable gymnasts in the world. After falling on her second vault attempt during the individual event competition at the London Games, the California native and huge favorite on the vault failed to clinch the gold medal and instead took home the silver. Her “unimpressed face” from the podium instantly went viral and made her a household name. Since the Olympics, Maroney has resumed competitive gymnastics and reclaimed her status as the world’s best vaulter in October. She has also appeared in a handful of episodes of “Hart of Dixie” and hopes to pursue an acting career when she retires from the sport.
Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney start competition today at the 2013 U.S. gymnastics championships in Hartford, Conn. The two are part of the Fierce Five, which won the gold medal in gymnastics at the London Olympics last summer. The group, which also includes Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, will be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame today along with the 2007 world championship team. The Fierce Five made history in London as they became the first U.S. gymnastics team to win gold since Atlanta's Magnificent Seven in 1996.
Remember this photo from the 2012 Summer Olympics?
It was U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney's honest reaction after taking home the silver medal in the individual vault competition at the Games, an event she was highly favored to win.
But in the days and weeks following the Olympics, Maroney's "look" became a talking point, especially when the teenager made the rounds on the talk-show circuit. Even Letterman couldn't resist asking.
And yes, Maroney "did that face again" when the U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the White House on Friday, and even President Barack Obama was in on the joke.