McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed With Meme Inspired By Her Pouting Face at London Olympics 2012
McKayla Maroney is apparently not impressed with anything.
Maroney, a part of Olympic gold medal winners Team USA, was heavily favored to win Individual Olympic Gold Medal after leading her team in Women's Gymnastics.
However, she earned a silver medal in the vault competition at the 2012 London Olympics, and was caught with a very sour face as she stood on the podium to accept her medal. The picture quickly spread around the Internet, and according to Inquisitr, making her the most meme-d athlete at the Olympics.
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Her pout inspired the viral Tumblr "McKayla is Not Impressed." It was created by 28-year-old New Yorker Gavin Alaoen, registered on Tuesday night with three Photoshopped images of 16-year-old Maroney looking unimpressed: Usain Bolt posing with the London Games's one-eyed mascot, the U.S. men's basketball team hamming it up on the sideline and Alex Morgan scoring a goal to send the U.S. women's soccer team into the gold-medal game.
Maroney has since been Photoshopped everywhere from double rainbows, the surface of Mars, the American Revolution, the Lion King, Magic Mike, Blake Griffin dunking over a car, Beyonce's pregnancy, graduating college, and many more.
The Tumblr has blown up, receiving 1,200 followerd in just a few hours after being formed.
"It's just a two-or-three-week kind of thing," Alaoen said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "It's a hot topic right now. And then it's onto the next one."
The site caught the attention of Maroney, who posted a "slightly lukewarm" response via Twitter to the meme, according to Yahoo.
"@lindsapple: My entry for @mckaylamaroney tumblr bit.ly/NmkqLc twitter.com/lindsapple/sta..." this tumblr is kinda funny, made me laugh," Maroney tweeted.
However, not everyone is happy with the website of the frowning girl.
Salon.com said that Maroney has been targeted online and called names like "mean girl" for her chilly persona, but it doesn't make her a sore loser.
"McKayla Maroney is not going to win any medals for congeniality. As a member of the U.S. gymnastics team's "Fab Five," she's the one Least Likely to Crack a Smile," Salon.com wrote.
"But if you think that automatically makes her a sore loser, or worse, that it justifies calling a 16-year-old girl a brat or a bitch, please report to the nearest rock and crawl under it."
Maroney didn't speak like a sore loser either.
"It happens," Maroneysaid afterward, according to the New York Times. "It's gymnastics, and you can't be perfect. Sometimes, things don't go as planned. I don't blame it on anything else. I just messed up.
"I just wanted to prove to everybody that I can hit two vaults and do my best for U.S.A., that's what I'm disappointed about," she said as her eye makeup ran with tears rolling down her cheeks. "Just about how I trained so hard, and, just on this day, it didn't go."
Either way, no one will forget that priceless face Maroney showed at the 2012 London Olympics.