McKayla Maroney is not impressed with meanies
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney said her infamous expression on the medal stand showed her how mean some people could be — but it also led to one of the coolest moments of her young life.
To some, McKayla Maroney is a spoiled American who couldn't handle losing. To others, she's an ungrateful teen who thought she was too good for silver. But to her, she was just a 16-year-old girl who fell short of her goal and made the mistake of showing her disappointment with herself on the world stage.
Needless to say, McKayla is not impressed with the haters.
"It was just a moment of complete shock," Maroney told Yahoo! Sports. "I can't even remember much of that day. I remember the day before watching other Americans on the medal stand and hearing the anthem. I remember wishing it had gone differently, and I had an expression on my face for two seconds."
"It was hard to accept," she said. "I'm not a brat. There were people who really hurt my feelings, people who were saying things that just weren't true."
And then came McKayla is Not Impressed, a Tumblr full of memes of the young gymnast utterly unimpressed with everything from the Great Pyramids to the iPhone 5, and with it an opportunity to embrace her moment of displeasure with grace and humor.
"I've had to learn to deal with mean people, judgmental people," she said. "I'm not even 17 yet!" she told Yahoo! Sports before her birthday on Dec. 9. "But I've learned how to adapt, to turn everything to a positive."
And adapt she did, not only embracing the meme but encouraging it by tweeting a picture of herself and her teammates making the infamous face after learning their hotel pool was closed, among various other "not impressed" poses. The kicker came when President Barack Obama joined her in being unimpressed with her visit to the Oval Office, making the face for a White House photographer.
"That was the coolest moment of my life," she said. "He was such a nice guy. Being in the Oval Office was an amazing experience."
Sounds like McKayla is finally impressed!