McKayla Maroney vault 2012
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Olympics!
Check out the judge's reaction. Jaw dropping. :)
Unlike her trial vaults (below), her Olympic vault was PERFECT.
It was more like this:
The McKayla Maroney Perfect Vault. I could watch it again and again.
This time motion multi-exposure photo shows how perfect McKayla's vault was:
Bela Karolyi says it simply: Best vault EVER!
With her steely gaze, razor-sharp cheekbones and preternatural vaulting abilities, 16-year-old American gymnast McKayla Maroney is an early contender for breakout star of the 2012 London Olympics. On Wednesday, Stephen Colbert joined President Obama and Lady Gaga in praising the tiny powerhouse and her "Fierce Five" teammates.
Like millions of viewers, Colbert was blown away by Maroney’s near-perfect execution of the Amanar vault, one of the most difficult feats in gymnastics. However, without permission to use NBC’s footage of the games, Colbert was forced to improvise: Using a Barbie doll mounted to a power drill and a Twinkie on two sticks, the host re-created the dazzling performance.
“It was something like that,” he said. “Except of course the actual gymnasts are smaller than this doll.
"McKayla Maroney’s perfectly stuck vault will perhaps become as iconic of a moment for the 2012 USA Gold Medal winning women’s gymnastics team as Kerri Strugs was for the Magnificent Seven. A picture of pure perfection, of gymnastics brilliance, McKayla Maroney vaulted herself into history... McKayla scored a 16.233, meaning that she scored a 9.733 execution score. In this season of gymnastics, that is unbelievable. This was the highest score of the entire meet. What is more unbelievable, is that she truly should have had a 10.0."
2012 Olympics, baby!!
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Enjoy!! And Go USA!!!
I've watched the McKayla Maroney vault like 50 times. It really is amazing.
By comparison, she fell in the individual vault: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/05/sports/olympics/20120805-OLYPOD.html#/?slide=13
She was still great, and won a silver: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/05/sports/olympics/20120805-OLYPOD.html#/?slide=14
Did McKayla coach Arthur Akopyan really say "There goes your vault gold"??
Death stare: http://victaureus.tumblr.com/post/28821705925
Still amazing: http://mistermikulak.tumblr.com/post/28823759629