McKayla Maroney was born to father Mike Maroney and mother, Erin Maroney. She was born in Long Beach, California. Her father was a quarterback for the Purdue University team, whereas her mother participated in figure skating back in her school days. She has two siblings as well, Tarynn and Kav. From a very early age, McKayla had extremely flexible body. Thanks to her mom, who recognized her daughter’s natural talent earlier and sent her to train for gymnastics.
With her parents’ support, McKayla started concentrating on her sports from a very young age. When she was 9, she got enrolled at the Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, California. Back then, she was also interested in other sports like ice skating, tennis, and soccer. Carly Petterson, a famous American Olympian, was a great inspiration to McKayla. McKayla is a former American Gymnastic just like Gabby Douglas and Nastia Liukin.
In 2004, Maroney went for Olympic trails for the first time with Kyla Ross. She got to learn a lot on the trail even though she was not selected for the team. In no time, she moved from level 5 to 10 and started to compete in national level gymnastic competitions for four consecutive years. When she was 13, she took part in the Visa Championship in Dallas, Texas. She completed the competition securing the 27th place.
When she was 14, she came 7th at the Cover Girl Classic in Chicago. She even stood first in one of the vault events at the Pan American Championship held at Guadalajara, Mexico. Her confidence grew parallel to her career, and to date, she has won three gold medals on the event floor, vault and team events.
In 2011, Maroney won the title of the best all-around gymnast in her first senior-level competition, City of Jesolo Trophy. Gradually, she started to gain international experience as well. In the same year, she again took part in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Tokyo, Japan and became the World Vault Champion.
2012 was a highlight of Maroney’s career. In the year, she received a Gold medal as a part of US gymnastics team. In the same year, she won a silver medal as well, for her individual performance in the vault. After 1996, US women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal for the first time in the Olympics.
Later in September 2012, McKayla suffered an injury when she was performing on the uneven bars at Kellogg’s Tour in Ontario. Due to this, she had to take a break from gymnastics. But she utilized this time being the judge for Miss America Pageant. That year, she also played a cameo in the video ‘Up in the Air’. Other than that, she also made Adidas endorsements. However, after she recovered, she again started working hard and won another gold medal in the vault event in the World Championship.
Later, in 2012, she had to undergo a knee surgery, and because of this, even though she wanted to participate in the Rio Olympic Games of 2016, she announced that she would not be participating in the game. Meanwhile, she also announced that she was permanently retiring from gymnastics due to health problems. Besides gymnastics, she has been involved in acting as well. She has appeared in serials like Superstore (2016), Bones (1013) and Hart of Dixie (2012 – 2015).
Talking about her personal life, there are no any records of the gymnast having an affair or dating a guy. Recently, she was sexually abused and USA Gymnastics paid McKayla $1.25 million to shut her mouth about the abuse by the team's longtime doctor Larry Nassar.
As of 2017, Maroney’s estimated net worth is around $1 million. Her net worth had drastically increased when she started participating in the Olympics. Maroney and her teammates participated in a championship held in California in September 2012. In the event, every gymnast was paid a salary around $100,000.