But just like that, the gymnastics world is beginning to shift its focus to Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Maroney turned elite the following year (2009) and made a name for herself as the only junior in the field throwing the difficult Amanar vault which she later perfected. But once again, low scores on bars and a few other falls left her 27th all around in 2009. Then in 2010, after a gym change and upgraded routines, Maroney improved to 3rd all around, secured her place on the junior national team, and began to look like a serious contender for the 2012 Olympic team.
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Now is this all total bogus? Probably. But, to all the aspiring Olympians out there it does show that you CAN place 40th at J.O. Nationals, or 16th at Visa Championships, and still become an Olympic Champion. Each member of the Fierce Five had an Olympic dream, devoted themselves to the sport and put in the work day in, day out. They also had a little bit of luck.
Rita Wieber, mother of Jordyn Wieber, put it best in her post-Olympic blog, "I always joked that along with being an amazing gymnast, 20 planets needed to align in the right configuration at the right moment to get one of the spots on the team".
It's way too early to predict the 2016 Olympic team, but it will certainly be fun to follow the large pool of Olympic hopefuls as they continue their journey to Rio in 2016.