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Video:Profile of Alicia Sacramone

with Megan Klein

Alicia Sacramone is a decorated American gymnasts, with 10 medals in the World Championships. But like most stories of success, her path had setbacks and heartbreak. Learn more about Alicia Sacramone's gymnastics career in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Profile of Alicia Sacramone

Hi, I'm Megan Klein and in this About.com video I'll be talking about U.S. championship gymnast Alicia Sacramone.

Alicia Sacramone's Early Career

In October of 2011, Alicia Sacramone became the most decorated U.S. gymnast in World Championship history with 10 medals. But like most stories of success, her path had setbacks and heartbreak. After five years of dance lessons, in 1996, the Boston native began gymnastics with coaches, Mihai and Silvia Brestyan. Though she experienced some success in 2003 and 2004, Alicia’s hopes for a spot in the Olympics were erased due to errors on the bar routine.

National and World Championship Wins by Alicia Sacramone

Alicia bounced back in 2005 at the U.S. Nationals, winning gold medals on the floor and vault, and placing third on the balance beam. Her success continued as she was selected to represent the American team in the World Championships where she would win Gold on the floor, Bronze on the vault. It isn’t common for athletes to compete both on the elite level and in the NCAA, but in 2006, Alicia competed as a freshman for Brown University while continuing her success on the Olympic level.

In 2007, Sacramone had another strong year. She won a gold and two bronze medals in the U.S. Nationals and showed well in the World Championships with an individual bronze on the vault and a silver on the Floor routine. Despite the medals, Alicia was visibly disappointed with her performance shedding some tears during the award ceremony.

Alicia Sacramone's Olymipic Performance

In preparation for the 2008 Olympics, Sacramone decided with the support of her coaches to sign with an agent and forfeit her eligibility for NCAA competition. The success that typically followed Sacramone did not come in the Olympics. With the exception of a controversial vault performance that almost won a bronze medal, Alicia struggled to perform at her usual level of achievement. Some of the negative media suggested that Sacramone should be blamed for the U.S. team's missed gold medal. Even though she did place some blame on herself, the team and other analysts pointed out that mathematically, she could not be solely responsible for the results.

In 2009, Sacramone retired from gymnastics, but made a quick return just six months later. With two more medals at the 2011 U.S. Nationals, a gold on vault and a silver on the balance beam, Alicia was named Sportsperson of the year and is certainly one to look for as a possible U.S. representative in the 2012 Olympics.

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