London Olympics 2012: Breaking Down McKayla Maroney's Vault

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London Olympics 2012: Breaking Down McKayla Maroney's Vault
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It doesn't matter if you have ever watched a second of gymnastics before, you knew there was something special about McKayla Maroney's vault during the women's Olympic team final.

The reason you knew was because it was.

Maroney made an extremely difficult vault look like the proverbial piece of cake. Here is the now famous vault from the Olympic team final. Don't let Shannon Miller fool you, it wasn't an easy day at all.

I am about to take an in depth look of the X's and O's of a two-and-a-half twisting laid-out Yurchenko vault, also known as an Amanor.

You can watch Maroney explain what goes through her head while she prepares for her specialty before you read on as I break down the exact steps of how she performed so perfectly.

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