McKayla Maroney came to be on December 9, 1995. Her parents were named Mike and Erin and like McKayla today, they were both very athletic and involved in the world of sports. Her father played football at Purdue University and her mother was a figure skater. It was only natural that the daughter of two athletes would grow up to be a competitor. That said, McKayla didn’t go down the football or figure skating path. McKayla’s sport of choice was Gymnastics. She even opted for being home schooled at an early age so that she could dedicate a bulk of her time to training.