PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – As USA Gymnastics celebrates its 50th anniversary, former Brown gymnast Alicia Sacramone will also have something to celebrate – her induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2013. The 2013 US Championships and the USA Gymnastics Congress and Trade Show, held from August 15th to 18th at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, will showcase the country's best gymnastics and serve as the backdrop for the two momentous celebrations.
Sacramone and the rest of the 2007 World Championships Team are being inducted with two other gold-medal women's teams – the 2012 US Olympic Team and the 2007 Tumbling World Championships Team. Prior to this year's class, only four teams, all gold medalists, have been inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame: the 1984 US Olympic Men's Team, the 1996 US Olympic Women's Team, the 1999 Men's Double Mini-trampoline World Championships Team and the 2003 Women's World Championships Team.
In September of 2007, just a few months after completing a record-setting season at Brown, Sacramone and her teammates, Ivana Hong, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Samantha Peszek, Shayla Worley and alternate Bridget Sloan captured the team gold medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, winning the USA's second-ever team gold medal and the first outside of the United States. In addition, the squad won six individual medals, including Sacramone's silver on floor and bronze on vault.
Prior to this historical performance, Sacramone was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year while setting Brown school records in the vault, floor and all-around as a freshman with the Bears. 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 she also set a new Ivy Classic record in the all-around and tied the record on the vault. She was the NCAA Northeast Regional Floor Champion, and qualified to represent Brown at the 2007 NCAA National Championships. Sacramone gave up her eligibility to compete with the Bears and turned professional in September of 2007, right after the World Championships.
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