US Star Sacramone Heads Home for Surgery
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2008 U.S. Olympic team captain Alicia Sacramone suffered a torn Achilles' tendon on Thursday at the worlds in Japan, USA Gymnastics confirmed.
Three-time world gymnastics champion Alicia Sacramone will undergo surgery Monday in the U.S. on her torn Achilles' tendon, USA Gymnastics announced Friday.

Sacramone suffered a ruptured Achilles while training an Arabian double front on floor exercise on Thursday in Tokyo, one day before the world gymnastics championships were set to begin. The U.S. team will compete Saturday in the second of two qualification days for the women.

The U.S women are down to five gymnasts only out of six, due to an training injury to alternate Anna Li.

"I am so disappointed to not be able to compete and be a part of this team's competitive success," Sacramone said. "This is an incredibly talented and wonderful group of girls and I have great confidence in their ability to go out and represent the United States to the best of their ability."

Sacramone, who lives and trains in Massachusetts, is heading back home to the U.S. to meet with an Achilles' tendon specialist, USA Gymnastics stated.

Returning in time for the 2012 Olympics will be a difficult task for Sacramone, 23, who is known for her power on vault and floor exercise. A recovery is not impossible; U.S. gymnast Courtney Kupets tore her Achilles at the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships and returned to win two medals at the 2004 Olympics. The 2003 Worlds took place in August, giving Kupets the luxury of nearly 12 months to recover; the 2012 Olympics are 10 months from now.

Sacramone has nine world championships medals, tied for the U.S. record with Nastia Liukin and Shannon Miller. She is known for her leadership on the floor as much as for her power and personality on the podium.

"Even injured, she has demonstrated her leadership skills and provided inspiration for her team," said Kathy Kelly, vice president of the women's program for USA Gymnastics. "She has shown grace and maturity in dealing with this and has gone out of her way to help her teammates get in the right frame of mind for tomorrow's qualification round. We will miss her when we take to the floor, and we hope her surgery goes well next week."

External Link: Alicia Sacramone Official Website

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Shannon P. said:

I hope Alicia recovers safely and quickly so she can compete at the Olympics next year. I'm so sad to see her hurt. She is one of our best gymnast and a wonderful leader.

Does anyone know why if Anna Li was injured a few days ago, Shawn was not immediately flown out to replace her? We are now down 2 gymnasts and all 5 girls left have to compete on all 4 events, while Shawn is sitting at home in Iowa. It doesn't make any sense. The point of having a reserve athlete is in case of injury. 2 injuries in 3 days has now put the US in an unfortunate situation. If any of the other girls get injured we might not even be able to compete. I just don't understand the logic behind this decision. Its only going to hurt the team. They may be physically ready but what about their mental state after such an emotional blow.

Also these injuries should not be happening. They are only hurting our athletes. There are too many training sessions in a row leading up to these big competitions. Something has to change.
October 07, 2011
Votes: +9

me said:

this is past ridiculous - at this rate there won't be any elite athletes left to compete in major events and the teams that win do so by default and luck. In one year we've had too many top athletes dropping - Sacramone, Bross, Li, Mustafina, Komova, Ponor...this has got to stop for the girls' sake as well as the sports!
October 07, 2011
Votes: +4

LS in AK said:

I agree that this pattern needs to change, and sooner than later. Before every major competition, it seems, several of the top US women go down with injuries. The powers that be seem to be pushing them too hard. An athlete cannot remain in peak condition indefinitely, and we've lost how many in the past few months, five? (Bross, Caquatto, Memmel, Li, Sacramone... Where will it end?) I read an interesting comment recently on this site pointing out that this pattern was present in Romania back in the day when the Karolyis were in charge. As a result, Romania was the perennial runner-up to the USSR. Now, the same is happening here, with the US falling short to Romania, China, Russia again and again when our athletes have the potential to do better than that. Seeing the news that Alicia was out with a major injury made me as unhappy as when Chellsie Memmel went down with a broken ankle days before the Olympics began in 2008. Someone with the power to intervene needs to do just that right about now. And I agree that an alternate needs to be flown in as emergency back up, or we may end up short like in Beijing, when Sam Peszek screwed up her ankle on qualification day.
October 07, 2011
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