McKayla Maroney: 'I was disappointed in myself, not the silver medal'

Though it didn't look like it, McKayla Maroney said she is impressed with her silver medal.

After her miffed expression on the podium while receiving the prize in the vault competition on Sunday made headlines, the U.S. gymnast's face went viral online as a meme on a popular Tumblr page titled "mckayla is not impressed.” 

An image from the Tumblr blog celebrating McKayla's podium face.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Thursday, Maroney said her sour look was not a result of coming up short of the gold. 

"It wasn’t the silver that I was disappointed about,'' Maroney said. "I was just disappointed in what happened and how I performed. I really wanted to be able to hit both of my vaults, but I ended up falling on my second one. I was just disappointed in myself, not the silver medal. It’s amazing to even be here and be on this team and compete for USA so that definitely wasn’t something I was disappointed about.”

Maroney appeared on TODAY alongside fellow members of the "Fierce Five," the group of gymnasts including Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Kyla Ross, to talk about their first Olympic experience.

Wieber arrived in London as the reigning world champion in the all-around, but did not qualify for the all-around finals. She did not medal in any of the individual events, but was part of the Americans' gold medal-winning performance in the team competition.

It turns out that she was competing all along with an injury: Thursday, she was wearing a walking boot on her right leg. 

"Once I got to London I figured out that I had a stress fracture in my shin, but it wasn’t too much pain,'' Wieber said. "I was able to push through it, and I knew that this was the Olympics. I couldn’t give up so easily, and I really fought through the pain and came together for the team.''

Now that the competition is over, the Fierce Five have taken some time to enjoy themselves. They've hung out in the Olympic Village, and enjoyed hot chocolate and a ride on a red London bus with TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager. They also had a brush with royalty, chatting with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who complimented their leotards.

How do the girls know they really made it? A special message from Justin Bieber. The girls are huge fans.

Not only did he tweet them last week, he also delivered them a special message just for their appearance on TODAY Thursday. He began the video with one of his dancers doing backflips. “That is not a gold medal performance,” Bieber said, “but what is is what you guys have been doing over there in London so I wanna say you guys are incredible and keep up the hard work.”

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Typical spoiled, ungreatful American brat... The fugly face is not, however, as detestable as Tanya Harding's "Oh my boot laces suck..." grimace from the 90s... I hope she is happy that for the time being, she is the snob-face on the web... I think I shall paste the pic on my desktop...

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Reply#1 - Thu Aug 9, 2012 2:36 PM EDT

Didn't take Bieber long to forget he is Canadian...not American.

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Reply#2 - Thu Aug 9, 2012 3:34 PM EDT

She is supposed to be representing all of America. I for one am sorry that this whiney, spoiled sport puke was even in London. Her snubbing of the Russian athlete was unforgivable. Stop making excuses, you are no good at it and it makes you look even smaller than evidently you are.

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Reply#3 - Thu Aug 9, 2012 8:18 PM EDT

Ok, you are disappointed in only getting the silver but have some class up there. Suck it up, smile and wave and look like a professional and not a spoiled little brat. Not to mention, her snub of the gold medalist who came to give her a hug and on world-wide television literally gave her the cold shoulder. It was an embarrassment to herself, her parents and the U.S.

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Reply#4 - Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:57 AM EDT

Why is it that every other Silver medalist could at least muster a respectful expression on the stand except for this spoiled, self-important, egotistical little twit?

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Reply#5 - Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:34 PM EDT

Funny how you guys talk about respect when your comments are filled with hatred and name calling. What a JOKE.

Would you rather she cried and whined like the Russians or look mad and stay silent for all of about 5 minutes? She just fell on a vault she did endless times at the only event that matters, so why would anyone be SMILING? Michael Phelps didn't smile, and no one cares. It's an understandable moment that she even apologized for later to appease all you sensitive people.

There's no such thing as "spoiled" when you dedicate endless days in the gym trying to be the best on gymnast diets, and don't get to do half of the dumb and fun things teenagers do. She's not being called your highness and being served on a whim here.

    Reply#6 - Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:05 PM EDT

    VERY POOR representation of the U.S.A.

      Reply#7 - Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:44 PM EDT
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