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Mckayla Maroney Competing An Incredibly Solid Balance Beam Routine

Photo Youtube If you think that Mckayla Maroney is one trick pony, then you sir are absolutely wrong.  During the 2012 Olympic trial...

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If you think that Mckayla Maroney is one trick pony, then you sir are absolutely wrong. 

During the 2012 Olympic trials, the American gymnast performed an incredibly solid routine on balance beam which was not shown on NBC. Luckily, one of the audience recorded her marvelous performance and uploaded it on Youtube for us to enjoy.

Not a single wobble has taken place during the routine.

She does a front tuck (D) to back handspring (B) to layout stepout (C) worth 0.1 series bonus, front pike (E) to Korbut (B), Johnson (C), switch leap half (D) to back tuck (C) worth 0.1 connection bonus, side aerial (D), switch leap (C) to back pike (C) and side somi (D).

She ends her routine with a beautifully executed double back pike (E). She gets an 0.1 connection bonus for doing a round off before the E rated dismount.

Maroney was selected to be part of the Olympic team that year. In London, she aggravated an old injury (broken toe) while dismounting the beam during podium training. She would have been used on floor and vault during team final and qualification, had she not been injured. Instead, she competed only on vault.

The American gymnast has an Olympic gold and a silver and three World gold medals in her resume. She retired in 2016 due to health issues.

The routine was judged according to 2017-2020 CoP.





Written by Gigi Farid


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