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Judges Wanted To Deduct Mckayla Maroney Eight Tenths off Her Gold Winning Vaults At 2013 World Championships, For Looking At Her Phone

McKayla Maroney smiles after competing on the floor exercise during the US women's national gymnastics championships in 2013. (AAP) Mcka...

McKayla Maroney smiles after competing on the floor exercise during the US women's national gymnastics championships in 2013. (AAP)

Mckayla Maroney almost didn't win the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World championships.

The American former gymnast took to Instagram Stories revealing the drama that went down behind the scenes of the championships.

"Fun Fact, I almost didn't win vault, cuz they wanted to deduct me for looking at my phone right before getting on the podium" wrote Maroney. " My coach was so mad. He was like who TF were you texting before your vault - They almost took off 8 tents."

Maroney explained that she was reading the bible verse on her screen saver, which she credit for giving her the confidence and strength before competing.

But that was not the only drama, Maroney had to deal with at the championships. During the qualification rounds, Maroney's floor routine music went over time by one second incurring a 0.1 deduction which left her out of the event final. 

"I was super excited for floor finals too. But some drama went down with my floor music being a second to long. (Like?? huh?What??)"

"So they kicked me out of finals!!!!?!"

"It was a weird worlds to say the least," stated Maroney.

Screenshot by impressedbymckayla/Tumblr






The 25 year old Olympic athlete shared that she wished she had rested for a year after the London Olympics instead of rushing back to win Worlds, which burnt her out for the 2016 Olympics.




The 2013 World championships was Maroney's last competitive appearance. She announced her retirement in 2016 following mental and physical health issues.


Written by Gigi Farid

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