June 23, 2008

Alicia Sacramone Wins Gold on Vault During Olympic Trials

June 23, 2008

Philadelphia, PA - Former Brown student-athlete and Olympic hopeful Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa., over the weekend. Sacramone placed first on the vault, and earned fifth on both the beam and floor. At the conclusion of the competition, Sacramone, and nine other individuals, were invited to the 2008 Women's Olympic Selection Camp, July 16-20 at the Women's National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. There, the rest of the squad will be named to the U.S. Olympic Team pending approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin automatically qualified for the Selection Camp by placing first and second, respectively, at Trials.

Sacramone showed her dominance on the vault, earning a gold medal with a 31.900 over the two-day competition. She also placed fifth on the beam with a 31.150, as well as on the floor with a 31.100 after a three-way tie for second place.

Sacramone was also the recipient of the biggest compliment of the night, according to Inside Gymnastics Magazine. National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi said she "can't imagine a team without Sacramone," and that "the team would definitely not be the same team without Alicia Sacramone."