LONDON -- McKayla Maroney, the 16-year-old defending world vault champion from Long Beach, will likely compete in only one event, her specialty, when the U.S. women begin Olympic gymnastics qualifications Sunday.
Maroney said she re-injured a toe she had originally broken before a competition in Chicago two months ago during her first Olympic training session in England last week.
"On my beam routine, my round-off dismount, I split my big right toe," Maroney said Thursday after she only did her vaults during podium training. "It was already broken.... I just split it more. I aggravated an old injury that I did before the Secret Classic [in Chicago], and I did it again before Visa's [the U.S. national championship]. This was the third time I've done it. It looks a lot better now. I'm doing acupuncture and icing it like 30 times a day."
The U.S. women's coordinator said that she probably would have used Maroney on floor exercise as well as vault if the toe hadn't been re-injured but that now it is likely Maroney will only perform two vaults Saturday.