McKayla Maroney, the olympic medalist, announced her retirement from elite gymnastics during an interview with GymCastic on Wednesday.

Olympic Star McKayla Maroney Announces Retirement

“The reason why I wanted to go to this next Olympics – I finally figured it out. I wanted to show people that when everyone else is up against them, they can get through the struggle and the pain and do it because they love something,” Maroney shared.

“One day I was sitting outside and I was like ‘Why am I doing this? Yeah it’s cool that I want to do it and help inspire people but I didn’t know how to be okay with not being a gymnast,” the olympics star admitted.

“I’m just ready to put my worth and value into something else,” Maroney revealed. “I’m just ready to be excited about something else. I just got so bored with being unhealthy.”

Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” that won gold in the team event at the 2012 Olympics in London.

The gold medalist suffered a fractured tibia in her left leg while performing the uneven bars during the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions in California.

Maroney turned professional and signed a contract with Adidas in 2013, making her return at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, where she placed first on the vault and third on floor exercise.

Watch Maroney’s uInterview here:

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