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Maroney Keeps 'Pushing For Better Things'
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Despite recent surgery, two-time world vault champion McKayla Maroney (United States) and her coaches remain positive she will return in time to challenge the best in the U.S. for spots on upcoming teams. Pictured: Maroney and U.S. team doctor Larry Nassar at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp

Despite recent surgery, two-time world vault champion McKayla Maroney (United States) and her coaches remain positive she will return in time to challenge the best in the U.S. for spots on upcoming teams.

Galina Marinova, one of Maroney’s coaches at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles, said Maroney is preparing to begin physical therapy on Wednesday following recent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.

"The surgery was successful, and McKayla is recovering well," said Marinova, who coaches Maroney alongside former world champion Artur Akopyan. "We hope that she will be back soon. So far we are very positive."

In an exclusive interview in the March issue of International Gymnast magazine, Maroney said she is ready for upcoming challenges she will face from the abundance of young American talents who are also aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"At the end of the day, you have to be the best at what you’re doing," said Maroney, a team gold medalist and vault silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. "I just have to upgrade and keep going, and keep pushing for better things, and so do they. The (age) doesn’t make a difference. Either way, you have to be the best."

Read the in-depth interview with Maroney in the March 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine, available now in digital and/or print versions. To subscribe, click here.

McKayla Maroney is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
"All-Around Commitment" – Maroney interview (March 2014)
2013 World Championships special issue (November 2013)
2013 U.S. Championships coverage (September 2013)
"Maroney on the Mend" – interview (January/February 2013)
2012 Olympic Games special issue (September 2012)
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials coverage, 2012 Olympics preview (July/August 2012)
2011 World Championships special issue (December 2011)
2011 U.S. Championships coverage (September 2011)
"It's Showtime for Maroney" – Maroney profile (May 2011)
Maroney on cover photo collage, 2010 U.S. Championships coverage (September 2010)

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