Aug. 13, 2008
Providence, RI - Former Brown gymnast Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) and the U.S. Olympic Team claimed the team silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. The U.S. women finished with 186.525 points to earn their second consecutive Olympic team silver medal. China won the gold medal with 188.900 points, and Romania earned the bronze medal with 181.525 points.
Sacramone was named captain of the U.S. Olympic Team, which includes team members Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, and Bridget Sloan.
The USA was paired with China in the same rotation and opened the team finals on vault. Johnson earned a 16.000, and Sacramone nailed her Rudi vault for a 15.675. Sloan then earned a 15.200 to compile a 46.875 team total heading into the second rotation.
In the next rotation, the USA picked up a 47.975 on the bars for a 94.850 total. Then, Team USA tallied a 47.250 on the beam, as Johnson led with a 16.175 followed by Liukin's 15.975 and Sacramone's 15.100. Liukin led the USA on floor exercise with a 15.200, with Johnson scoring a 15.100 and Sacramone earning a 14.125 for a total of 44.425. China sealed its victory with a 45.800 on floor to win its first-ever women's Olympic team gold medal.
Sacramone will compete in the individual vault final. Both Johnson and Liukin will compete in the individual all-around finals, as well as the balance beam and floor exercise finals. Liukin will also compete on the uneven bars. The individual event finals are Aug. 17-19 at 6:00 p.m.
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.