Though it didn't look like it, McKayla Maroney said she is impressed with her silver medal.
After her miffed expression on the podium while receiving the prize in the vault competition on Sunday made headlines, the U.S. gymnast's face went viral online as a meme on a popular Tumblr page titled "mckayla is not impressed.”
An image from the Tumblr blog celebrating McKayla's podium face.
In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Thursday, Maroney said her sour look was not a result of coming up short of the gold.
"It wasn’t the silver that I was disappointed about,'' Maroney said. "I was just disappointed in what happened and how I performed. I really wanted to be able to hit both of my vaults, but I ended up falling on my second one. I was just disappointed in myself, not the silver medal. It’s amazing to even be here and be on this team and compete for USA so that definitely wasn’t something I was disappointed about.”
Maroney appeared on TODAY alongside fellow members of the "Fierce Five," the group of gymnasts including Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Kyla Ross, to talk about their first Olympic experience.
Wieber arrived in London as the reigning world champion in the all-around, but did not qualify for the all-around finals. She did not medal in any of the individual events, but was part of the Americans' gold medal-winning performance in the team competition.
It turns out that she was competing all along with an injury: Thursday, she was wearing a walking boot on her right leg.
"Once I got to London I figured out that I had a stress fracture in my shin, but it wasn’t too much pain,'' Wieber said. "I was able to push through it, and I knew that this was the Olympics. I couldn’t give up so easily, and I really fought through the pain and came together for the team.''
Now that the competition is over, the Fierce Five have taken some time to enjoy themselves. They've hung out in the Olympic Village, and enjoyed hot chocolate and a ride on a red London bus with TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager. They also had a brush with royalty, chatting with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who complimented their leotards.
How do the girls know they really made it? A special message from Justin Bieber. The girls are huge fans.
Not only did he tweet them last week, he also delivered them a special message just for their appearance on TODAY Thursday. He began the video with one of his dancers doing backflips. “That is not a gold medal performance,” Bieber said, “but what is is what you guys have been doing over there in London so I wanna say you guys are incredible and keep up the hard work.”
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