The Ballad of Alicia Sacramone

The US women’s gymnastics team won a silver medal yesterday in Beijing, led primarily by Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, and Alicia Sacramone.

Expectations are a funny thing in sports, as in the rest of life. When the Hamm brothers were both stricken with injuries and forced to pull out of the games, medal expectations for the US men’s gymnastics squad fell. Observers gave them a slim chance for getting a medal at all. Their subsequent bronze was considered a triumph.

Last night (on the east coast of the US anyway) the US women were in a battle for gold and holding their own. However, in the end they were 2.3 points short of their chinese rivals. There will be some that point to Alicia Sacramone, who’s fall on balance beam, and sit down on floor exercise were dramatic low points for the team. I think it is worth pointing out that each of those infractions carries an 8 tenth deduction, taken together that’s 1.6 points. Even if they hadn’t happened the women’s team would still have fallen short of gold. My point here is the ladies go in as a team and they come out as a team. Our women have nothing to be ashamed of, and I for one am immensely proud of their team effort. Congratulations Team USA on bringing home a much deserved silver medal.

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3 Responses

  1. The mention of the men’s team is important, because the women too suffered setbacks in the form of injuries that essentially dropped the number of gymnasts on their team to 3.5 as opposed to 6. Great job ladies! We are proud of you!

  2. Think of the affect Alicia’s mess made on the other member’s concentration – there’s a whole point right there.
    Then, her low score (was it 14.125) on floor, where it should have been 15.5 or 16, makes up the difference between Gold and SECOND. Sure, poor her, but no way should her popularity surge. Its a mess either way you look at it. She let the team down, plain.

  3. I love you Shawn I from Serbia Itreining kayak on wild water seya to olimpik 2012 London Strahinja love Shawnnnnnnnn

    LOVEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

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