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McKayla Maroney threw out first pitch by doing gymnastics routine (Video)

McKayla Maroney was in Chicago on Friday and threw out the first pitch prior to the White Sox-Twins game, and she put a gymnastics twist on it.

The 18-year-old Olympic gold medalist busted out what looked like a cartwheel and front handspring to bring her about 20 feet away from the plate, and she still threw her pitch out of the zone. But she gets an A for creativity, so we won’t be too harsh on her for the toss.

Plus, like she pointed out on Twitter, she’s already proven she can make the throw from the mound:

Apparently the throw at the Sox game was just her changeup:

We are definitely impressed.

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McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman injured while on tour (Video)

McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman were both hurt during the second night of the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The gold medal winners were performing along with the rest of the “Fierce Five” in Ontario, Calif., when they hurt themselves on the uneven bars Sunday night.

At around the 1:25 mark in the video above, you can see Maroney hurt herself on her dismount from the uneven bars. Maroney stayed down after falling and was carried off the floor. Then around the 1:55 mark, Raisman loses her grip on the bars as she’s finishing a Shaposhnikova move. She was able to walk back and rejoin the group, though neither girl participated in the finale.

USA Gymnastics said that Raisman had bruised knees, while Maroney was in the hospital undergoing testing on her left knee. She even tweeted a picture from the hospital on Monday.

Maroney was later diagnosed with a fractured left tibia.

And this is supposed to be an exhibition tour? It’s never an easy deal when it comes to gymnastics.

Photo via McKayla Maroney

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

Maroney’s family in on ‘McKayla is not impressed’ meme

The “McKayla is not impressed” meme that went viral last week on the Internet was so powerful that not only has the gold medal-winning gymnast embraced it, but apparently so has her family.

The 16-year-old posted the above photo to her Twitter account on Wednesday along with the note “Look what i came home to on my fire place.. hahaha”

The Internet went wild a few days after Maroney won the silver medal in the vault — an exercise in which she was expected to win gold. Maroney was so upset about finishing second that she had that dejected look on her face after receiving her medal. Folks on the ‘net found it hilarious and began photoshopping her image into many other contexts, leading to a highly amusing collection of pictures seen on this website.

We initially didn’t cover the story feeling that it was poor form to mock a 16-year-old girl for expressing her disappointment about failing on a world stage, capturing a particular face she made in a given second, and then running wild with it, but now that both she and her family seem to have embraced it, we don’t have any remorse.

It’s easy to get upset when everyone is having a laugh at your expense. It’s not easy to let it go and laugh along with the crowd. We give McKayla and her family a lot of credit for making the best of the situation.