Jan. 3, 2007
By John Powers
There are times, during the night ride back to campus from Ashland, when Alicia Sacramone wonders whether she's nuts to be putting herself through this. "I'm driving back from practice and think `What am I doing?" says the best women's gymnast ever to come out of Massachusetts.
Nobody else on the US team is going to college while preparing for the Olympics. Nobody has tried it since Amy Chow, who was at Stanford when she came out of retirement to make the US team in 2000. If a woman is serious about making it to the Games, she all but lives at her club for four years. College is where elite gymnasts go to retire. "There are a lot of skeptics out there who don't think Alicia will compete for us," says Brown coach Sara Carver-Milne.
Not with the Beijing Games only 19 months away. Not with Sacramone likely to win medals in both vault and floor exercise. Even her teammates scratch their heads. "They're like, `You're crazy,' " says the 19-year old Winchester native, who captained the team at last summer's world championships in Denmark, where she won a silver in vault.
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