First things first: yes, that’s a photo of Marcene with famous gymnast Gabby Douglas, two-time gold medalist at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
Champions hang out together.
When Marcene was 10, she was the gymnastics floor exercise champion for the whole state of Maryland.
She spent hours practicing in the gym four nights a week and all day on Saturdays.
“It gave me discipline and focus that I’ve used my whole life,” she says.