Providence, R.I.- Former Brown University gymnast Alicia Sacramone became the most decorated American gymnast in World Championship history when she earned her 10th medal at the 2011 World Championships. Now, just eight months after an injury, Sacramone is eyeing a spot on the Olympic Team, for the second-straight Olympiad.
While competing at the World Championships, Sacramone ruptured her Achilles tendon, but made a speedy recovery to compete in both the vault and beam this past weekend at the Visa National Championships in St. Louis, Mo., her first competition since her injury. Sacramone became the National Champion on vault and is proving to be a strong contender for the 2012 Olympic Team, which competes in London in late July.
Sacramone will compete at the Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif., on June 29th and July 1st. The Olympic Team will be determined at this competition. Sacramone was the captain of the US team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
While competing at Brown, Sacramone was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year while setting school records on the vault, floor and all-around events during her freshman campaign. She became the first gymnast in the history of the Ivy League to finish first on every event and win the all-around at the Ivy Classic, and also set a new Ivy Classic record in the all-around and tied the record on the vault. She was the Northeast Regional Floor Champion, and qualified to NCAA Nationals. Sacramone gave up her eligibility to compete with the Bears and turned professional in September of 2007.
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