June 29, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Alicia Sacramone waves to the crowd during introductions during the 2012 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Alicia Sacramone Announces Retirement From Gymnastics


U.S. gymnast Alicia Sacramone is calling it a career. Sacramone failed to make the London Olympics team last year after attempting to come back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in 2011.

“Alicia was special, and determined to accomplish the goals she set for herself,” said U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. “Alicia had a great career, full of success that was well earned. She also showed her strength of character by the dignified way she handled the moments that fell short of her goals.”

Sacramone was a key player in the American gymnastics scene for years, but her departure from competitive gymnastics was imminent. USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny issued a statement on Sacramone’s retirement.

He said, “Alicia has had a major impact on women’s gymnastics. Her personality, sense of humor and leadership skills were important ingredients in the success of our team. Alicia is a strong individual who knows what she wants and is not afraid to put herself out there to achieve it.”

During her career, Sacramone was highly successful and a big part of the U.S.A. gymnastic team’s success. On her own, Sacramone won nine national titles, four world championships and a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was the captain of the 2008 gymnastics team.

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