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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Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney hit the red carpet at the 2013 ESPY Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday (July 17) in Los Angeles.
The Olympic gymnasts were joined by their fellow “Fierce 5″ gold medalists Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber (minus Aly Raisman), all of whom are nominated for Best Team.
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“Don’t forget to get your last minute votes in for the Fierce Five for Best Team! We appreciate it so much!” Jordyn tweeted.
The month before, Gabby waved hello to photographers and fans while on the red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards.
FYI: McKayla wore a Saunder dress with Jamie Wolf earrings, rings by Melinda Maria and Graziela Gems, and Aldo shoes. Gabby wore a Izmaylova dress with a Swarovski clutch.
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McKayla Maroney hits up the E3 Gaming Convention held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday afternoon (June 12). in Los Angeles.
The 17-year-old gymnast tried out Rocksmith 2014 and Just Dance 2014 at the Ubisoft section.
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“Had fun at e3 today! Too bad I couldn’t see my buddy Roy Hibbert #55,” McKayla tweeted.
Also spotted at the annual convention: Skylar Astin trying his luck out on Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Il Volo who also played Rocksmith 2014.
McKayla Maroney hits up the TEN Sodas Launch event held at Penn Station on Thursday morning (February 28) in New York City.
The 17-year-old Olympic gymnast is the new face for new sodas, and took an instant liking to the 7Up TEN.
“Obviously, I’m not easily impressed,” McKayla shared in a statement. “Other brands have approached me to try their products and talk about them, but 7UP TEN stopped me in my tracks. It’s the first brand that has really impressed me because the soda is just so good! It’s got all of the flavor I want without all the calories of regular soda. It’s a ‘Perfect TENTM’ in my book.”
The 5 new TEN products — 7Up, A&W, Sunkist, Canada Dry and RC — are currently available around the country in select retailers.
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