Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/2/12

I’ve seen Twitter chatter about McKayla Maroney and the tweets are about checking her out. And then feeling creepy/weird about checking her out, and not knowing her age. I even saw a funny tweet that said all gymnastics broadcasts should display the competitor’s age at all times.

She’s 16; so this post is kind of set up to help Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC catch predators online. Okay joking aside, here’s some of her bio, and some more pics of the 2011 vault champion.

McKayla Maroney was born on December 9, 1995 to Mike and Erin Maroney. She has two siblings, Tarynn and Kav, and is home schooled in order to train as an elite gymnast.

“When I was younger,” Maroney said. “I would be watching Tarzan and running around on all fours. My mom was like ‘I need to put this child in gymnastics. She’s crazy.’

When Maroney was nine years old she moved clubs to train at Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, California. She said, “I realized that I had a dream that I wanted to go to the Olympics and I wanted to go as far as I could go. I thought I should probably move to a new gym and start thinking about the Olympics.”

Maroney on twitter

Maroney on Facebook

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