Playing the Field: McKayla is not impressed

The now-infamous photo of McKayla Maroney after winning silver in the vault.


If you’ve been on the Internet over the past week it was hard for you to miss the newest Olympic-related meme to emerge from London.

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney became the subject of that meme after her silver medal performance in the individual event final in women’s vault. Maroney, the defending world champion, was as much of a lock to win the event as anyone in any event in the Olympics.

And then she didn’t.

Maroney stuck her first vault for a score of 15.866 — almost half a point higher than anyone else would score in the competition. But the competition is the average of two vaults and as NBC analyst Elfi Schlegel said, “As long as she lands her second vault, she’s the winner.” She, uh, didn’t. Unless you count landing flat on your butt.

She still almost won thanks to her massive first score, but instead finished with silver. And thus, a meme was born.

Thanks to that picture from the medal stand on the top right up there, someone launched a tumblr account called “McAyla is not impressed,” inserting her photo into other famous photos. The title kind of explains it all. Here is one of my favorites, courtesy of said Tumblr site:

But the best part of the whole meme is that Maroney herself embraced it yesterday when she tweeted the following along with the accompanying photo:

I think teammate Kyla Ross, far left, might do a better Maroney than McKayla herself. (That’s Aly Raisman posing in the middle.) That tweet has already been retweeted 6,604 times and favorited 5,405 more times. You gotta love Maroney. And come on, with those looks and that attitude, she’s a TV star waiting to happen. It’s like she was created in a reality TV lab. I’d watch.


Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter
@MetroNYSports. He would totally accept a silver medal with complete grace. Maybe.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

Movies

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…