A photo of Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and President Obama doing her now-famous "McKayla Maroney is not impressed" face went viral Saturday after the White House posted it on Twitter.
President Obama impresses Maroney
Even McKayla Maroney was impressed.
A photo of the Olympic gold medalist and President Barack Obama doing her now-famous “McKayla Maroney is not impressed” face went viral Saturday after the White House posted it on Twitter. The two took the picture Thursday when Maroney and U.S. Fierce Five teammates visited the White House.
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“He was the one who brought it up,” Maroney said. “We were about to leave and he said, ‘I want to talk to you one second about the face.’ He said, ‘I pretty much do that face at least once a day.’ “
Maroney, 16, was photographed making the half scowl with her nose scrunched up while she was on the medals podium after winning a silver on vault at the London Olympics.
The “face” soon became Maroney’s trademark. But it’s one thing for fans to ask her about it, quite another when the president does.
“I, like, freaked out,” Maroney recalled. “He said, ‘Let’s do it together.’ We took a picture and now it’s everywhere.”
Red Wing White calls
Bettman ‘an idiot’
So much for a two-week break. Eight days after the last set of failed negotiations, the NHL and the locked-out players’ association will return to bargaining Monday.
League commissioner Gary Bettman recently suggested to union head Donald Fehr the sides take two weeks off from negotiations.
Defenseman Ian White of the Detroit Red Wings lashed out at Bettman on Saturday.
“I gotta be honest: I personally think he’s an idiot,” White said. “Since he’s come in (1993), I think he’s done nothing but damage the game.”
Krigger rides winner
in $1 million Jackpot
Goldencents, ridden by Kevin Krigger, led virtually all the way and beat 9-5 favorite Bern Identity by 1 ¾ lengths to win the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot for 2-year-olds in Vinton, La.
Krigger led the jockey standings at Emerald Downs in Auburn in 2005.
Goldencents, trained by Doug O’Neill, ran 1-1/16 miles in 1 minute, 44.89 seconds. The colt, whose owners include Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, paid $7.20 to win in the Grade III race.
Czechs lead Spain
Czechs lead Spain
2-1 in Davis Cup
The Czech Republic won the doubles to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the best-of-five Davis Cup final in Prague.
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.
Mixed martial arts
St. Pierre triumphs
Canadian Georges St. Pierre unified the welterweight title, unanimously outpointing Carlos Condit of Albuquerque, N.M., in a bloody fight at UFC 154 in Montreal.
Judges scored it 49-46, 50-45, 50-45 for St. Pierre, who had knee surgery and was fighting for the first time since April 2011.
• Adrien Broner of Cincinnati stopped Antonio DeMarco of Mexico at 1:49 of the eighth round to take the WBC lightweight championship in Atlantic City, N.J., and improve to 25-0. DeMarco is 28-3-1.
• Norwich beat Manchester United 1-0 to knock Man U out of first place in English Premier League soccer. Anthony Pilkington scored in the 60th minute as Norwich extended its unbeaten run to six.
Manchester City moved to the top of the standings with a 5-0 rout of Aston Villa.
• Ashley Wagner of Alexandria, Va., and Takahito Mura of Japan had strong free programs to win figure-skating titles at the Trophee Bompard in Paris.
Wagner, a former Tacoma and Vancouver, Wash., resident who has said she considers Seabeck home, won the Skate America title last month in Kent.
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