Olympic champion McKayla Maroney is still recuperating from her foot injury and has been on crutches.
Maroney's right foot will continue to be in a boot for another three to four weeks, and she will have to wear the stabilizer for several weeks after that.
"It's really hard to watch them do it because I know the show too. But it's still cool to be here. I could be stuck at home," Maroney said.
Maroney suffered a fracture in her tibia when she fell on her uneven bars dismount during the second stop on the 40-city tour and had two screws "the size of my nose" inserted to stabilize the bone. She had a second surgery about a week later to repair the break in her right big toe, which she had aggravated in London during the Olympics.
"It was a really big disappointment. I was just sitting at home and couldn't do anything. I pretty much stayed in bed for the first week," Maroney said of her injuries.
She still needs crutches because she can't bend her left leg and can only put weight on her right heel. But when she is healthy again, she will resume training and may consider the Rio Olympics in 2016.
"I think gymnastics is going to be a part of me for a little longer. I'm not really done yet. I'm still young, still 16. Everyone goes through injuries, and I have four years until the next Olympics," said Maroney, who won the vault title at the 2011 world championships.
The Fierce Five have been in high demand since they won the gold medal, the United States' first since 1996. They chatted with Stephen Colbert and David Letterman during a trip to New York and got to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The girls were presenters at the Video Music Awards, where they met Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. Maroney is scheduled to appear in an episode of the CW show "Hart of Dixie".
"I try to enjoy every minute of everything. Even with the injury, everything happens for a reason. You just have to accept it and enjoy it and go along with the journey," said Maroney.
The benefit to her injuries?
"Everyone has to carry my bags," Maroney said.
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