by Hilton Hater at

She'll always have one of the most memorable moments of the London Olympics, a nearly perfect vault during the gymnastic team finals.

But McKayla Maroney will NOT have a Gold Medal to show for her efforts in that individual event, as she fell while landing yesterday and was forced to settle for Silver behind Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania.

A Fall

"I didn't deserve to to win gold if I landed on my butt," the 16-year old California native told reporters after the competition. "I'm not disappointed about the silver, I'm disappointed about my performance."

Maroney earned scores of 15.866 and 14.300 on her first two vault, respectively. She finished with an overall 15.083, while Izbasa garnered 15.191.

"It happens, it's gymnastics and you can't be perfect and sometimes things don't go as you planned," Maroney told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. "I can't blame it on anything except I screwed up."

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by Free Britney at
A near-perfect vault by McKayla Maroney was probably the biggest highlight of the U.S. women's gymnastics team's Olympic gold medal win last night - even if the judges inexplicably docked her a quarter of a point.McKayla Maroney Photo

McKayla, 16, nailed the vault, showcasing the Amanar - a tricky, near-impossible skill that just a handful of gymnasts in the world can do - with such precision, her coach couldn't believe her score wasn't the maximum.

"It. Was. The. Best. Vault. Ever," Marta Karolyi said.

Watch below and you'll see, it's hard to argue that:

You'll have another chance to watch McKayla Maroney go for gold this week in the individual vault event. Don't be surprised to see her post a 16.5 then.

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