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McKayla's To-Do List:
Practice, practice, practice: check, check, check.
Ignore broken toe: check.
Do five vaults: check, check, check...
Help team win gold: check.
Win individual gold: ...
McKayla has just a little bit of unfinished business, but one can be sure she'll be all business until it's done.
Vault at the London Games has been all about McKayla Maroney. She gets a great hop off the springboard and finds even more coil off the back of the vault, giving her amazing elevation for spectacular results.
She logged the highest score in the qualification round and again in the team competition, and it hasn't even been close.
Her average score was almost .5 points higher than any other competitor for the apparatus final.
Her closest competition has come from her fellow Amanar-performing American teammates. The U.S. recorded the four highest scores in the team finals and in qualification.
But surprisingly, Maroney was the only member of Team USA who performed the two required attempts to qualify for the apparatus final.
Her vault in the finals appeared flawless. Once the judges picked their jaws up, they proceeded to create fault with perfection. Look for her to nail another amazing vault in the final and be better than everyone else on her other attempt.
Maroney discussed her role on the team with The Daily News.
Vault is what I'm here for. I knew I was going to do vault no matter what. It's painful, but I'm fine and I'm ready to do my job now, so that's all that matters. I'm here to try to get that gold medal and I know that I can do it.
Gold Medal Potential: 98.6 percent
Lightning struck and Maroney slipped on her landing. She finished with a silver medal.