McKayla Maroney went from talented gymnast to gold medal winning Olympian and internet sensation!
The 16-year-old gymnast is now dealing with such a sudden burst of fame that her parents are making sure she stays safe, now that she's a public figure.
Her parents recently hired her a security team, saying:
"It has been a bit frightening. We have had marriage proposals; my daughter is 16. We have hired specialist security guards to make sure McKayla is never on her own. We don't want another Shawn Johnson situation to happen."
What she's referring to is one time when former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson was filming DWTS, police caught a man who was stalking her, Robert O'Ryan, on the CBS lot.
He had snuck on with guns, duct tape and love letters to Shawn. They believe he intended to kidnap her.
So now that McKayla is famous with anyone who watched the games and even more famous with her "not impressed" internet meme, her family is taking the rights steps to keep their daughter safe.
"We know there are some fanatical people out there. We've had prom date requests, you name it. But McKayla handles it great. She just rolls her eyes at it. For now, she is just a 16-year-old girl. We've never made it anything more than that."
And she should be allowed to be as normal a young girl as she can be!
Hopefully, with her security team, she'll be able to do just that!
[Image via McKayla Maroney.]
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