McKayla Maroney: Everything You Need to Know About the Olympic Gymnast

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McKayla Maroney: Everything You Need to Know About the Olympic Gymnast
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While most of the attention given to the United States gymnastics team has focused on all-around medal hopefuls Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas, Team USA's best medal chance comes from a competitor with a less widely known name: McKayla Maroney.

Maroney, at 16 years old, is a talented all-around gymnast, but she earned her spot on the Olympics team due to her talent on the vault.

Nearly every gymnastics expert has picked her to win gold on the apparatus in London, and a strong performance from the young gymnast will be critical to her team's medal chances.

Before Maroney attempts to vault into history, here is everything you need to know about the gold medal favorite.

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