McKayla Maroney's Failed Vault at London Olympics [VIDEO]
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McKayla Maroney may have exhibited the best-ever vault in the world at the women’s gymnastics team final. However, the world's best vault performer could not land on her feet when she competed for the women’s vault final on Sunday, where she only aimed at earning a gold medal.
The 16-year-old Maroney could not get her hands securely on the vault, and the lack of height brought her to land on her heels before falling on her bottom.
When the vault superstar settled for silver, she was clearly unhappy.
McKayla Maroney is praised by her coach Martha Karolyi as simply “the best” when it comes to the vault, and she did pull a perfect vault on July when the Team US won the women’s gymnastics team title.
At the winning game, her impeccable height and perfect landing from Amanars, “the most difficult and dangerous vault in the world,” scored her 16.233.
"It consists of a round-off onto the board, then a back handspring onto the table and 2.5 twisting somersaults before the landing. Its start value is a 6.5, which is more than .5 points better than the other gymnasts,” according to Bleacher Report.
Sunday, Maroney performed an amazing Amanars on her first attempt, but failed to land on the second, scoring 15.866 and 14.300. Her overall score of 15.083 was topped by Raluca Izbasa of Romania, who took home gold.
After her fall, Maroney "already knew that I pretty much only had the silver medal," the American gymnast said.
"I really didn't deserve to win a gold medal if I fall on my butt. I'm still happy with a silver but it's still just sad."
"I'm not disappointed about the silver, I'm disappointed about my performance," said McKayla Maroney.
"I can't blame it on anything except I screwed up," Maroney told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.
Though the vault champion could not hold back her tears, she sustained her professional posture.
"I'm happy to be the Olympic silver medalist," Maroney said. "I really am."
In attempt to shake off the last bit of regrets, Maroney tweeted:
"Disappointed on how today turned out, but everything happens for a reason!! #noregrets.. Plus, the silver medal is actually pretty sick!!"
Watch the performance by McKayla Maroney at the women’s vault final:
Aug 06, 2012 11:10 PM EDT