McKayla Maroney has hired bodyguards

McKayla Maroney’s parents are so worried about the safety of their daughter in light of her recent fame they’ve hired bodyguards to look after her.

The 16-year-old gymnast from Long Beach, Calif., won gold in the team competition at the London Olympics, and she also took silver in the vault — a disappointing finish that led to an Internet meme that went viral. Maroney’s success at the Olympics coupled with the online explosion of her meme has led to tremendous notoriety — some of which is unwanted.

“It has been a bit frightening, we have had marriage proposals,” Maroney’s mother, Erin, told the Daily Mail. “My daughter is 16.

“We have hired specialist security guards to make sure McKayla is never on her own. We don’t want another Shawn Johnson situation to happen.”

Johnson won four medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was involved in a frightening situation with a stalker. Her stalker was arrested in 2009 and found guilty of felony stalking and burglary charges. He was arrested by police in a parking lot in Los Angeles waiting for Johnson outside of her “Dancing With the Stars” studio.

“We know there are some fanatical people out there,” Erin Maroney said. “We’ve had prom date requests, you name it. But McKayla handles it great. She just rolls her eyes at it.”

Maroney has signed with a prominent talent agency and is looking forward to possibly doing some modeling and/or fashion work. It seems like she’s embracing the fame, but at the same time it’s probably smart of her family to take precautions when it comes to her safety.

Photo credit: McKayla Maroney/Twitter

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  • VikzAtl

    “…She just rolls her eyes at it.”  Exactly. Mckayla is not impressed.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EFFFPRXJISYNMHPQKDHUNWHSOE quixel2000

    prom date requests? marriage proposals? Welcome to FAME ad by the way other sports STARS get the same requests….In apparently some states the age of consent is 16 I guess sice that Democratic Senator did not commit Legitimate Rape as it was cosesual with the 17 year old boy he bought off of craigslist that he met up with at a Rest Stop bathroom and was caught with his pants and shirt undone a little by State Troopers…You Probably have Not heard about it as ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN,MSNBC,TNN,HSN AND ALL of the rest of the non partisan fair in the middle news media are too busy talkig about a guy that used LEGITIMATE RAPE rather than what was meat …ACTUAL  RAPE RATHER THE LIKE STATUTORY RAPE(which is between 2 consenting people so would not be a trauma causing REAL RAPE..this Senator would have bee charged with STATUTORY RAPE BTW I MOST STATES)  SO THEY ARE TOO BUSY TALKING ABOUT the guy that said something stupid and do ot have the time ad thik it is ot as bad a a SENATOR HAVING SEX WITH AN UNDER AGE IN MOST EVERY STATE 17 YEAR OLD BOY(REMEMBER THE DOUBLE STANDARD TRAYVO MARTIWAS JUST A LITTLE BOY AT 17 EVEN THOUGH HE WAS 6 FOOR 3 ICHES TALL A STROG FOOTBALL PLAYER AD AROUD 200 OUDS BUT HE IS A LITTLE BOY AD THIS GUY THE SENATOR MET UP WITH IS A 17 YEAR OLD MA SO IT IS CONSENUAL SEX AND NOT STATUTORY RAPE AS IT IS IN MOST EVERY OTHER STATE!!!Poor other guy that said somethig stupid he is gettig RAPED i woder what the differece betwee the 2 would be  for their to be such ufar ad obscee treatmet leveled at one and slap on the wrist and shhhhhhh(nothing here to see move along) done to the other?ohh now i get it the guy being crucified is a Republican and the guy raping the little boy is a democrap…NOW I UNDERSTAND….NICE TO KNOW our MEDIA in the US is so into EQUALITY FOR ALL!!! To bad the Republica does not look like Whoopi Goldberg….She said something similar  as legitimate rape in the past and not much was said….SHE  SAID”’IT WAS NOT “REAL RAPE RAPE” i guess is the same as she was saying it was not a legitimate rape…whe a STAR DIRECTOR one of her hollywood buddies ..drugged and raped a 14 year old girl yeas ago Whoopi Says that is not real rape rape! to me that is 100 times worse the this use of legitimate rape ..same wording sorta but hers was to defend a guy that drugged and got drunk a 14 year old girl who passesd out and he raped her repeatedly and then skipped out of the country for years and years as he was already convicted , he came back into the states finally and whoopi and a list of far left wing radical movie sars and directors are trying to get him a get out of jail FREE card so he ever has to payfor  his crimes as they see it as just Normal Hollwood stuff that goes on everyday ..the RAPING of little girls 14 years old!!But this guy is outrageou ad crazy but ot Whoopi or the Democratic Seator that had sex with an underage 17 year old little boy!! hmmmm Double or Triple or NO STANDARDS BUT THERE OWN GOING ON HERE BY THE MEDIA…What do you think?  I am sure if you are liberal you are happy but what if the tables were reversed or it happened to YOU or a relative or loved one…What would you thik then!!!     YES I KNOW MY N KEY DOESN’T WORK WELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bobonirex

    right decision

  • whyt dragonfly

    Are you drunk?

  • jj1814

    or high…

  • BubbysGrampa

    I’m going for plain old stupid!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7HNKF5GAM2MGARKJGXWD4INJVI Google

    It’ll be a shame, she seems like a nice girl, but when any person reaches fame, they start to become spoiled douchebags…