McKayla Maroney is trading her leotard for a mic. Four years after taking home two medals at London's 2012 Olympics and becoming a viral meme, she's entering the music business and "figuring out [her] sound."
"I'm excited for people to hop on this new journey of mine," Maroney told Seventeen, saying she's finished a few demos and hopes to release a single in the next couple of months.
"I've loved writing songs since I was really young. I thought I was going to be like Sia and sell my songs to people. But after they were done, I was like, I'm not going to sell these to anybody! I want to sing them."
As a result, Maroney won't be competing at Rio's Olympics this summer. Her former "Fierce Five" teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will rep the U.S. along with Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian.
"I really thought I was going to be there. Even six or seven months ago," Maroney continued, "but I ended up having some different health issues."
Her decision went deeper than that, though: "I didn't even realize that I was starting to fall out of love with the sport and in love with music."
So who are her musical influences? Drake is her "biggest inspiration," it turns out: "I love the way that he tells stories. It has a little bit of a Calypso jam vibe. He's real and always lyrically-driven in all the melodies. If there's one person I want to sound like, it's him."
Who knows -- maybe she'll pull a Katy Perry and sing the anthem for 2020's Olympics. How cool would that be?