did McKayla Maroney win an olympic medal?

Yes. American gymnast McKayla Maroney won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympics gymnastics team and a silver medal for the vault at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

McKayla Maroney was born on December 9, 1995 in Long Beach, California. Inheriting the athletic talents of her father, a former Purdue University football quarterback, and the petite size of her mother, Maroney was destined to be a gymnast.

In 2009, Maroney competed in her first major competition, the Visa Championships in Dallas, Texas. She placed 27th in the all-around competition and third in the vault, an event that she would excel in for years to come.

In 2011, she became the World Vault Champion at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Japan.

At the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, Maroney and her teammates won a gymnastics team gold medal—a first for the American women's gymnastics team since 1996.

Although Maroney was picked to win gold on the vault at the 2012 Olympics, her two imperfect landings lowered her score and she finished second; Romanian gymnast Sandra Izbasa won the gold on vault and Maroney won the silver. Read more about McKayla Maroney's life and career at Biography.com.

In the news: London 2012 Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney says she was sexually abused by former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar from the age of 13.

Maroney, 21, said she was abused over a seven-year period by Nassar.

Nassar is in prison awaiting trial in Michigan on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges and earlier this year admitted possessing child abuse images. Read more at BB.com.

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