Retired American gymnast, McKayla Maroney, never has a dull moment. She was once a part of the American Women’s gymnastics team called the Fierce Five. This included Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber.
During the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal with the team and an individual silver medal in the vault event.
She was a member of the gold-winning American team at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.
Although she has been retired from the gymnastics world since 2016, Maroney posted a photo on Instagram captioned, “Never a dull moment.” Even since her retirement from being a successful Olympic athlete, Maroney has been keeping busy with new and exciting things.
So, what has Maroney been up to that is making her life anything but dull?
In addition to a very new music career, Maroney has also been exploring acting. She was in the CW series “Hart of Dixie.” She was in six episodes of the show as Tonya, a friend of Rose.
Then she was in the popular TV show “Bones.” Fittingly, she played the role of a gymnast. However, this gymnast is a suspect in the murder of another gymnast.
McKayla Maroney’s Path to the Olympics
When Maroney was 9, she started training at Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, California. She started out competing in different national competitions like Visa Championships and CoverGirl Classic.
Eventually, she competed at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Japan. She helped toward the American team’s first-place finish.
In 2012, she began a journey to get to the Olympic team. She competed at the Secret U.S. Classic and then the Olympic Trials in San Jose, California.
She was selected to be a part of the Olympic team. Soon, she would be a part of one of the most legendary gymnastic groups to ever grace the Olympic stage. Her success as a vaulter helped the team to the gold.
“This is the best feeling – it’s just so amazing. I’m in shock right now. I think this will be the happiest I’ll ever be in my life. It’s the absolute best feeling knowing that I trained so hard for this and all the hard things that I have accomplished and now to be on this team. These girls are my best friends. My teammate Kyla Ross, we have been best friends since we were six years old so it’s just absolutely amazing to be going to the Olympics,” Maroney said, according to an article from Reuters.
A Dark Journey
Her story wasn’t one completely filled with success and happiness, however. Maroney was one of many women who came forward and said that USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, had repeatedly molested her started at the age of 13.
In a Wall Street Journal article, it tells the story of just how dark some of those days were. Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber once received a text from Maroney saying to “rescue me.” The women would often sit in on each other’s visits with Nassar to help protect each other.
Apparently, Maroney was Nassar’s favorite and he would keep her two or three times longer. Maroney even talked to authorities regarding his actions, but he still continued to treat new patients for a year.
Now, he is serving a life sentence after over 200 women have accused him of sexual abuse. Maroney, as well as other victims, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for speaking out against Nassar.