Alicia Sacramone Named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic TeamFormer Brown gymnast, Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA), was recently selected to compete on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing after the final selection camp at the Women's National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. Joining Sacramone will be Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, and Bridget Sloan. There were also three replacement athletes named; Jana Bieger, Ivana Hong and Corrie Lothrop.
"I could not be more proud of Alicia. She has worked extremely hard to achieve her goal of representing Team USA at the 2008 Olympics. The Brown Community is excited to follow Alicia's success in Beijing," said head coach Sara Carver-Milne.
Sacramone responsed to being named an Olympic team member, "I can't wait to compete at the Olympics. It has been a serious goal of mine since 2004. Competing for Brown helped me with my consistency and taught me to be a good teammate and leader."
Sacramone, Brown's top gymnast in 2006, was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year and Brown Freshman Athlete of the Year. She set school records on the vault, floor and also in the all-around. She also became the first gymnast in Ivy League history to finish first on every event and win the all-around at the Ivy Classic, while also setting Ivy Classic records in the all-around and tying the record on the vault. Sacramone competed for the Brown gymnastics team while maintaining her position on the U.S. National Team. After the 2007 Worlds, she made the Olympics her priority and turned professional, foregoing her NCAA eligibility. Sacramone remains involved with the Brown Gymnastics Team, serving as a volunteer coach.