Healing from recent leg surgery, 2012 Olympic gold and silver medalist McKayla Maroney of the U.S. told IG she is hopeful to return to competition at this year's Visa (U.S.) and world championships.
"That's my goal," said Maroney, who turned 17 in December. "I want to go to Visas and try to make the world team. I know it's a long shot, but... I'm going to try."
In September, Maroney fractured her tibia landing a dismount from uneven bars while performing on the Kellogg's tour in Ontario, Calif. At the Olympics in London, a broken toe left Maroney limited to competing vault only.
Maroney, who trains at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles, said she will aim for the all-around at both competitions. The 2013 World Championships, taking place in Antwerp, Belgium, will be for all-around and apparatus honors only.
"I'm going to go for the best thing I can do," she told IG. "I'm always going to try. Sometimes things don't work out, but you might as well work for it."
Read an exclusive, in-depth interview with Maroney in the January/February 2013 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To purchase a copy or subscribe to IG, click here.