On the show Wednesday, Stephen Colbert said he was so blown away by Maroney's performance because she is only 16 years old and completed an almost-perfect execution of the Amanar vault, which is one of the toughest things to do in all of gymnastics. Because NBC has been so strict with where their Olympics coverage is rebroadcast, though, Colbert had reenacted the event instead of showing the actual video.
To make it work, he attached a Barbie doll to a power drill and spun it over a Twinkie that was held up by two sticks. The audience in the Comedy Central studio went crazy after Colbert completed the performance.
"It was something like that," he said. "Except of course the actual gymnasts are smaller than this doll."
He then poked fun at a CNN host for seeming to take joy in the fact that the Chinese and Russian competitors were crying on the sidelines.
"This is what the Olympics are all about, making little foreign girls cry," Colbert said while failing to suppress a smile.
Earlier this week, President Obama called Maroney and the rest of her teammates, who are known as the Fierce Five, and congratulated them for what they've accomplished in the Olympics at such a young age. According to the New York Daily News, the president called the team from Air Force One.
"Way to nail that vault," Obama told Maroney. "It was unbelievable."
Although the team has looked impressive so far during the London games, the tweets from Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber reminded fans all over American that they're rooting for teenagers, reported the Huffington Post.
Lady Gaga tweeted, "Woohoo! Gold for the ladies! I just want to squeeze them! So much talent and beauty. Did u see them all holding hands? There's no 'I' in team."
Maroney responded with a text that had almost as many exclamation points as words.