If you watched the 2012 Olympics, you might remember the Fierce Five. They were the five incredible female gymnasts who competed in the 2012 Olympics for team America. McKayla Maroney was one of them, and she won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. She also became a viral sensation, but not for the reason you’d expect:
- When she won the silver medal, she made a ‘not impressed’ expression
- People thought it was funny
The face turned into a viral meme, that she herself thought was hilarious. She even got President Obama to make the famous face with her.
She was 16-years-old at the time, and her journey has gone to a whole new, exciting direction.
Here you can see her with the team back in 2012, making the famous ‘unimpressed’ face.
She won a gold medal in the team, and an individual silver medal in the vault event. She was also a member of the gold winning Team America at the 2011 World Championships where she won gold medals in the team and vault competitions.
Unfortunately, due to multiple injuries, her gymnastic career was put on hold when she was told by her doctors she needed knee surgery. She was willing to push through the pain she was experiencing but unfortunately her injuries forced her to retire in 2016.
She now has a new and exciting career path lined up: a much anticipated music career. She also has grown into her own, and at 20-years-old she looks phenomenal, and seems to be enjoying herself and her new goals.
This is what she has to say about her new music career: ‘I haven’t talked about it much (mainly because people wouldn’t take me seriously) but for the last year I’ve dedicated all my time to writing/making music.’
She adds ‘And I can finally officially say that I’ve got some cool stuff on the way for you guys. Hope you like dancing.’ Her fans are already anticipating what sort of music artist she will be.
McKayla tells Seventeen that her biggest musical inspiration is Drake, and that she has been experimenting with different types of music for her album. ‘For the last year, I was just figuring out my sound. I’ve loved writing songs since I was really young. I thought I was going to be like Sia and sell my songs to people. But after they were done, I was like ‘I’m not going to sell these to anybody! I want to sing them,’ she said.
She also wants to get into acting, which is why she has already had guest spots on shows like ‘Hart of Dixie’ and ‘Bones.’ She explains that she likes that you can have do-overs in acting, which is something you can’t do as a gymnast.