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She said, "This is the best feeling – it's just so amazing. 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. My team mate 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." When asked about feeling pressure to win gold on vault at the Olympics, she replied, "If I do my job I know I can get the gold medal.
She was a member of the American women's gymnastics team dubbed the Fierce Five at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the team and an individual silver medal in the vault event.
Maroney was also a member of the gold-winning American team at the 2011 World Championships, where she won gold medals in the team and vault competitions.
At the end of July, Maroney competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. I just try to ignore it and I have worked so hard to be here I can ignore the pain for a little bit." Along with Jordyn Wieber, she is credited for changing the team's nickname from the "Fab Five" to the "Fierce Five".
During training she aggravated a previous bone break in the big toe of her right foot but she still competed on vault, though she did not take part in the floor routine as she had hoped. While on the bus to a training session, they decided to change the name because the "Fab Five" was already used for a basketball team associated with the University of Michigan as well as being associated with the musical group Duran Duran.
But I just did it, and I was just very happy that I landed on my feet." In September, Maroney competed at the Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.
She's crazy.' I was technically in gymnastics at the age of 2 and always felt comfortable in the gym." When Maroney was 9 years old, she started training at Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, California.
In 2012, she said, "I realized that I had a dream that I wanted to go to the Olympics and I wanted to go as far as I could go. I went to Olympic Trials that year (2004) with Kyla [Ross]. I was worried that I was going to be really tall because my dad is 6'3" and my mom is 5'2", so I didn't know which one I was going to be." When asked about the first time she performed an Amanar in competition, Maroney said, "The first time I did it was at Visa Championships and I was just thirteen years old.
She contributed a vault score of 16.033 and a floor score of 14.566 towards the American team's first-place finish.
During warmups for the second day of competition, she fell on a tumbling pass on floor landing on her back.