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McKayla Maroney is Not Impressed

By August 17, 2012

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McKayla Maroney is Not ImpressedI'm sure by now you've heard about the McKayla is not impressed tumblr page, created because of the photo (at right) taken during the vault award ceremony. McKayla Maroney, the heavy favorite to win vault, was obviously and understandably disappointed by her silver-medal finish, and it was captured in a photo that has now been added to all sorts of other scenes, from a Justin Bieber concert to the moon landing.

At first I felt badly for Maroney, who also did manage to smile on the medal stand (see below), but she has embraced the joke, and it's now made her one of the most well-known stars of the 2012 Games.

McKayla MaroneyMy favorite "McKayla is not impressed" photos so far:

Both photos above Ronald Martinez / Getty Images


August 20, 2012 at 11:03 am
(1) rachel says:
August 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm
(2) Li says:
August 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm
(3) Ali says:

It took a lot of poise to embrace the joke and turn the “situation” around. Well done, McKayla!

August 22, 2012 at 4:35 am
(4) Mark Adams says:

McKayla fell flat on her butt on her vault finals in London…When was the last time that you EVER saw someone do that at the Olympic Games and get a medal,at all–NEVER I’m sure…

McKayla really didn’t even deserve to be on the podium getting a medal–it doesn’t matter whatever she has done before–it was her performance right then in London that mattered for her score and placing–you really can’t count anything else…

So,she should really have been VERY glad to get the medal that she did…

She has since,apologized for her antics on the podium,and pointed out to everyone how she fell like that–which is really what she should have realized and done from the start…

August 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm
(5) ReplytoMark says:

Mark I think we all need to cut McKayla some slack. There have been lots of medalists who have fallen in gymnastics,. That doesn’t make it right, but it happens all the time. Paul Hamm, in the story at the top of the page, won the all-around with a fall. Mustafina from Russia earned teh bronze with a fall on beam.

McKayla is so much better than everyone at vault that she deserved a medal, even with a fall. She is allowed to be disappointed when she falls. There were no antics on the podium. Look at teh photos above, she smiled too. This picture was just caught at one moment. Maybe she was trying not to cry. Maybe she had something in her teeth. Have you seen how Morgan Uceny reacted when she fell in her race? McKayla had a lot of composure for a 16 year old who was a lock for gold and fell. Do you remember how Dominique Dawes and Shannon Miller reacted when they fell at the Olympics? I think McKayla reacted really well.

August 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm
(6) Robin S. says:

Ooohh, OK….I thought, maybe, McKayla was unimpressed in the Charlie Brown one, because of the (seemingly) racist undertones taking place in that scene.

If you’ll notice, the ONLY African American child (Franklin) is sitting all by his lonesome on one side of the table; while there are three other children (and one very white dog) sitting on the opposite side.

If I remember correctly, that is how things were back in 1973, when that show first aired (I was just seven, at the time). ;)


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