2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Will McKayla Maroney Score Perfect on Vault?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Mc Kayla Maroney of the United States looks on as she is introduced in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Chris StephensCorrespondent IIAugust 3, 2012

When it comes to the vault in women's gymnastics, there are none better than Team USA's McKayla Maroney.

In fact, I might even go as far as saying she will be the best women's vaulter ever at the Olympics as long as she goes on to win gold.

Maroney is the defending world champion and has proven that she is the best vaulter in the world.

But, the question is, can she score a perfect score in the vault finals?

In the team final, Maroney stuck a vault that was the best I've ever seen. In fact, I was as surprised as the announcers were that she didn't receive a perfect score.

Now, as we approach Sunday's final, I like many other people believe she has the perfect score in her and all we're doing is waiting on it.

So, what is it going to take to earn a perfect score?

Honestly, Maroney doesn't have to change anything. If she can perform the same vault she did in the team final, she will no doubt reach that perfect score.

She performs the highest degree of difficulty and makes it look so effortless.

She's sticking her landings, hitting the center of the mat and staying tight through the air, which all goes into the scoring.

I'm not sure what she can do to get any better because it's literally down to centimeters of how high she gets, where she hits on the horse, where she lands and milliseconds in terms of how long she's holding her positions in the air.

My hope is that the judges will see Maroney for the vaulter she is and not deduct for what they perceive to have happened.

If you don't see anything wrong without having to look at an extremely slow-motion replay, then a perfect score is in order.

She's earned it before and she'll earn it again.

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