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McKayla Maroney Falls During Vault Finals, Wins Silver Medal

McKayla Maroney Falls During Vault Finals, Wins Silver Medal

McKayla Maroney fails to land her dismount in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Vault final on Day 9 of the 2012 Summer Olympics at North Greenwich Arena on Sunday (August 5) in London, England.

The 16-year-old gymnast, who performed a flawless vault earlier in the week to help the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team take home the gold in the Team final, ended up with the silver medal.

“I didn’t deserve to to win gold if I landed on my butt,” McKayla said (via USA Today). “I’m not disappointed about the silver, I’m disappointed about my performance.”

Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania took home the gold while Maria Paseka of Russia won bronze.

20+ pictures inside of McKayla Maroney competing in the Women’s Vault final…

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Posted to: 2012 Summer Olympics London, McKayla Maroney, U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team

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# 1

I was really rooting for her to win gold, though silver’s great too! She amazed me with her perfect vault during the team finals. It just sucks that no matter how many times you practice something in gymnastics, there’s always that chance that you might have an unlucky moment and fall or become injured.

# 2

So sick of Olympics spoilers.

# 3

He didn’t spoil it. He put it up after they showed it on t.v

# 4

I finally saw the competition and McKayla was such a sour puss. Everyone and even her competitors were hugging her and congratulating her and she just stood there not hugging back. ACK! She’s lucky she even got 2nd place unlike Aly who didn’t get a medal. I’m so glad Gabby is an all-around winner. She’s a good sportsman.

# 5

@Maria…apparently you’ve never been disappointed in yourself. She was in shock that a trick she usually lands with ease didn’t go her way. It’s not being a sour puss, it’s called being human. At least she didn’t cry like the Russians

# 6

Honestly i’m glad she got second i wish she didn’t even medal. McKayla walked in there thinking she had already won this. She didn’t do well cause she was way to cocky. And even if she was disappointed in herself she still should have been a better sport to all the other girls. She just stood there getting mad at herself. She needs to stop being so cocky and get over herself!

# 7

I am sorry but she looks like a witch…. Seriously, CHILLAX, no one is guaranteed gold… so stop being so cocku

# 8

Wow. Very poor sportsmanship. It’s fine to be disappointed in your performance, and perhaps, cry, but she was completely rude to the other competitors who came over to hug her. Far too cocky at too early a stage in her career. Part of being one of the greats in any sport is not just knowing how to win, but knowing how to act when you do not win.

# 9

Congrats to McKayla Maroney with her vault silver medal. She did her best. Proud of her and team USA.

food 4 thought @ 08/06/2012 at 12:53 am

She was indeed a poor sport. She should have made the first move to congratulate the Romanian winner. Instead she sat their pouting and being a big self-pitying grump. Not good manners at all, particularly in front of the world. Some of these U.S. athletes have a huge sense of entitlement. Perhaps other athletes do too, but how would we know since, oh yeah, they are barely on the radar as far as NBC is concerned.

Annoyed

first of all it’s now 5:52 am in London; which means that they are several hours ahead of North America. secondly, the people in stands, like myself, are busy putting the results on Facebook and Twitter as they happen. third, the results are all over the net almost immediately. fourth, there is such a thing a live satellite feed that give instant results. sites like Jared’s are not going to stop because you refuse to join the 21st century.

@amanda: It was reported that McKayla broke down bawling backstage. Didn’t cry like the Russians? Sit down and shut the eff up. McKayla is a good vaulter but was so SMUG the whole Olympics, she was bound to get her butt kicked. I’m sure this has been a humbling experience, hah.

Shut up you fools who have no clue how it feels. How do you know someone felt smug? How do you know how anyone feels? To judge them? You are a bunch of little *******.

@food 4 thought:
I’m from the UK, so was able to see the all the vaults. Unfortunately this young girl threw her toys out of the pram and was rather rude to the other gymnasts and even their coaches.However,I did feel sorry for her, none of this is easy for them,in the spotlight, so much expectation – plus being a teenager!
I understand from twitter that the NBC coverage is not good and very pro American ( I understand why, but its a big world out there) ..shame you cannot watch the BBC coverage. They show everyone, and the crowds get behind everyone too..perhaps with a bigger cheer for Team GB, but they have done so well! Its a shame that the US audiences has missed out on so many joyful moments, truly amazing athletes.

@amanda: umm so when the russians are upset that all the work they put in for 4 years as, all the other gymnasts have, didn’t give them the results they waned, they are called ungrateful, snobby , bad sports, divas and b******, but when jordyn. and mckayla are upset its an upset and we should all sympathize them?. THIS is double standards at its best!!!

R O M A N I A

It wasn’t unfair because she felt, and in my opinion she deserved 0. She could have been the penultimate and miss the podium. If I was the Canadian girl who also felt I would punch her in the face cause she got a nice score, while she got 0. Russians deserved second place, while GERMANY third place. Congrats anyway to Romania, who deserves the medal. BURN USA!!!!!!!!

@Maria: Yup… a BAD SPORT!!! she should have congratulated the gold medal winner. To sit there and pout while congratulatory hugs were being given? such a witch!!! Stop the self pity and don’t add to being an ugly American!

Good job ROMANIA!

Let’s just face it. USA is favored at every sport. I mean just look. Maroney felt on her butt and got 14. What about the girl from Dominican Republic?? She also felt and got lower mark than Maroney. Come on – one of the judges is American. Romania deserved the medal and Sandra deserved a place on the individual too. Let’s see you silly Americans at the floor, where Sandra will literally kick Raisman’s ass. You think you are the best? NO!!!!

Yeahhh soo happy and prous of Sandra!!! Goo Romania! my country.
Sandra is the most beautiful girl there.And she is so goood! She DESERVED THE GOLD MEDAL!!! She is so humble ,she went to the other girls to congratulate them ans your little miss usa …well we all saw her face.Not so good manieres ,americans!

Tomorrow,Sandra will kick your ass again at the floor and romania will winn gold medal again.because we are goooooooooooodddddddddddd

are you serious?? shes acting like a spoilt brat she got a SILVER at the olympics. a million girls would kill to be her

Too bad that McKayla doesn’t know how to lose. The age is not an excuse, that’s something one should learn at an early age, especially when you are an athlete. Real winners know how to lose. Yes, she was the favorite for the gold medal, yes she has wonderful skills, but she forgets (and media doesn’t cover this either) that she lost to an exceptional athlete and spirit. Sandra Izbasa has a great inspirational story and McKayla should definitely learn from it. At the end of 2009 Sandra suffered a very serious accident: Achilles tendon rupture (!). The predictions were somber as it wasn’t sure that she would be able to walk normally again. Yes, you read correctly: walk normally. 2 years ago. You can imagine that coming back in gymnastics was completely excluded. However, with huge efforts, a great spirit and uncountable prayers she started to recover. Slowly she came back to gym. In time, trying to protect her injured foot she got injured to the other foot. Later on she broke her arm too. And now in 2012 we all could see her winning the Olympic gold! She’s got 17 medals in Olympics, World and European Championships, among which 7 are gold medals. That’s the great competitor that McKayla is dismissing with her gestures and bad attitude. CONGRATULATIONS SANDRA! You represent completely the Olympian spirit, and your strength, heart and gentleness are truly inspiring us.

If you had trained for something for 4 years, were expecting the gold and made a mistake – you would also be miserable. I have seen lots of more adult athletes act exactly the same way. She wrote afterwards on twitter that she had been upset because of her mistake not because she lost gold but that she was happy over her Silver. Give the girl a break – she is an awesome athlete and her vaults were spectacular except the landing on the second vault. The Canadian girl got 0 because her bottom landed BEFORE her feet. Mc Kayla landed on her feet and then slipped onto her bottom – hence the difference in marks. You have to take into account the run, the use of the springboard, the time on the vault with your hands, position in the air, line of vault ie must be lined up, your movements and the landing – she did everything perfectly except the last bit so it was a hefty deduction but her vault itself was worth more points than that of the girlie who took gold. Congratulations to ALL the athletes who qualified

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