McKayla Maroney arrives for another day of Good Morning America on Thursday (August 11) in New York City.
Along with Dominique Dawes, the 20-year-old former gymnast and singer is competing in the “GMA Games” to celebrate the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
“I lost myself. It was an identity crisis, no doubt,” McKayla recently shared about leaving the sport behind. “I would go and meet people and they’d tell me, ‘You’re the gymnast.’ And I’m like, now that I’m no longer a competing gymnast, it throws people off and that would throw me off.”
She added, “I don’t want to let people down. It was such a big test for me to be like, you know what? No! I’m worth more than a gold medal. I’m worth more than being a gymnast. I am not what I do. I am who I am and I’m what I love.”
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