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All McKayla Maroney had to do was nail her vaults to win a gold medal. She was the hands-down favorite to win.
Maroney performed a fantastic Amanar vault, not her best but pretty close, and scored a 15.866.
Then, when she ran up for her second vault, the unthinkable happened. She landed on her bottom because her hands did not land on the vaulting table correctly and her feet slipped out from under her.
Maroney, her coaches, competitors and the audience looked on in shock as Sandra Izbasa beat her out for the gold.
Maroney won the silver medal despite the fall because her first vault was just that difficult.
"'I just wanted to prove to everybody that I can hit two vaults and do my best for U.S.A., that’s what I’m disappointed about,'" she said in an interview with the New York Times. "'Just about how I trained so hard, and, just on this day, it didn’t go.'"