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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McKayla Maroney recreates her not impressed face that went viral four years ago during a her appearance on Good Morning America in New York City on Tuesday (August 9).
The 20-year-old former Olympic gymnast appeared next to Magnificent Seven gymnast Dominique Dawes to promote the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
During a FaceTime interview with TMZ, McKayla sent her thanks to Michael Phelps for creating a new meme from the games for his Phelps Face.
“I looked at his pictures and I was like YES! Go Michael! Take it, take it away! Please!” McKayla told TMZ Sports.
“I’m looking at them right now. They’re amazing, I now see why people thought it was so funny”, she added about her own meme, created after she won the silver medal for her vault at the 2012 London games. “They’re hilarious.”
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Maddie Ziegler and sister Mackenzie step out to host TigerBeat’s Official Teen Choice Awards Pre-Party held at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on Thursday night (July 28) in West Hollywood, Calif.
The two former Dance Moms stars were joined by Brec Bassinger, Lilimar, Rio Mangini, Cree Cicchino, Asia Monet Ray, Lizzy Greene, Esther Zynn, Erika Tham, Thomas Kuc, Lil P-Nut, Madisyn Shipman, Breanna Yde and Jade Pettyjohn.
Also spotted at the party were Forever In Your Mind, Daya, Chloe East, Spencer Sutherland, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, McKayla Maroney, Paris Berelc, Jenna Ortega, Isaak Presley, Kayla Maisonet, Thomas Barbusca, Kara Royster, Sammi Sanchez, Lauren Elizabeth, Madelaine Petsch, Teala Dunn, Benjamin Royer, Matthew Royer, John De Luca, Aubrey Miller, Max Ehrich, Ashley Boettcher, Sloane Siegel, New District and Collins Key.
FYI: Maddie wore a Prose & Poetry dress, Jimmy Choo bag, Alexandra G shoes and Jennifer Meyer jewels. Mackenzie wore an Eliza B dress, Yes Kotur bag, Stuart Weitzman shoes and Jennifer Meyer jewelry. McKayla is wearing a Cate & Chloe ring and carrying a De Blossom Collection clutch.
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McKayla Maroney might not be going to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on the gymnastics team, but that doesn’t mean she’s not rooting for them.
You know, I really thought I was going to be there. Even six or seven months ago. But I ended up having some different health issues and I didn’t even realize that I was starting to fall out of love with the sport and in love with music,” the now 20-year-old shared with Seventeen mag. “Watching the Trials was definitely weird because I’m used to competing. But to watch [Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian] do as well as they did — these girls, their lives are about to be totally changed. And they’re a gold-medal team. I’m still excited for them.”
McKayla also opened up about what she’s been concentrating on now — music.
“I was a gymnast my whole life. I mean, I’d go to Starbucks and people would be like, ‘Are you going to the next Olympics?’ And when I’d say no, they’d literally look sad. So it was very hard for me to get excited about anything else,” she shared. “I thought that I had to do gymnastics forever. To be excited about this new piece of myself and this new part of my life is very special for me.”
McKayla added, “For the last year, I was just figuring out my sound. I’ve loved writing songs since I was really young. I thought I was going to be like Sia and sell my songs to people. But after they were done, I was like, ‘I’m not going to sell these to anybody! I want to sing them.’ I have some demos done and I’m going to be showing them to some bigger people in the industry and we’ll see where that takes me. In the next couple of months, I think I’ll have a single out, and I’m excited for people to hop on this new journey of mine.”
McKayla is also pictured leaving an acupuncture appointment in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon (July 14).
McKayla Maroney reacts to throwing at the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Ill., on Friday night (August 1).
The 18-year-old Olympic gymnast took to the field ahead of the White Sox game against the Minnesota Twins and definitely stole the show!
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On her way to throwing it out, McKayla showed off her tumbling skills with a cartwheel and flip!
“.@McKaylaMaroney with a very impressive first pitch,” the White Sox tweeted about her pitch. Check out the video below!
Bethany Hamilton meets up with Gabby Douglas on the orange carpet at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (July 17).
The two athletes both picked up blimps at the inaugural show for Favorite Comeback Athlete (Bethany) and Best Female Athlete (Gabby).
Gabby and Bethany were also joined at the event by Bethany‘s husband, Adam Dirks, gymnast McKayla Maroney, singer Madison Beer, actress Amber Montana and The Boxtrolls‘s actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
FYI: Amber wore a Kenzo top, J Brand leather pants and Jimmy Choo heels. Isaac wore head-to-toe Emporio Armani with Gallant & Beau socks and a John Hardy wristband. Madison is wearing [BLANKNYC] Shortalls. Gabby is wearing Martin Katz jewelry.
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Check out your first look of McKayla Maroney on this week’s all-new Bones!
In “The Spark in the Park”, A nationally ranked gymnast is murdered and her remains are hit by lightning and strewn about a public park, and evidence suggests she was leading a double life, but Booth (David Boreanaz) is more puzzled by Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) empathy for the victim’s father.
McKayla will play Ellie, a friend and a rival to the deceased gymnast.
“The Spark in the Park” airs Friday, December 6th @ 8PM ET/PT on Fox.
Kyla Ross shows off her silver medal at the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Belgium held at the Antwerp Sports Palace on Saturday afternoon (October 4) in Antwerp, Belgium.
During the week-long competition, the 16-year-old Olympian picked up two silver medals — one for Uneven Bars and another for the Womens All-Round Final.
Kyla‘s teammate McKayla Maroney grabbed the gold medal for the Vault Final on Saturday (October 5).
“To be completely honest, it was kind of scary,” McKayla shared afterwards. “There definitely was some pressure on me. Looking back isn’t going to help you. Moving forward is the thing you have to do.”
Simone Biles, 16, grabbed the gold for the Womens All-Round Final.
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Maroney remains Vault Champ
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