After winning the silver medal in the vault finals, McKayla Maroney was photographed on the medal podium while giving a brief look of disappointment with her lips pursed to the side. The image became an Internet phenomenon that was sparked by a tumblr blog called “McKayla is not impressed”.
The image went viral after it was Photoshopped into various “impressive” places and situations, e.g. on top of the Great Wall of China and standing next to Usain Bolt. MyKayla Maroney stated that she found the Internet meme “kinda funny”. McKayla Maroney later poked fun at the meme on various occasions including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, Extra, and most notably when she and the rest of the U.S. Gymnastics team met United States President Barack Obama at the White House in November 2012. She and President Obama posed for a photo together, both making the same pursed-lips expression. The podium picture made the top spot on Yahoo’s list of “Most Viral Photos” of 2012.