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chipso1
06-09-2010, 07:09 PM
Alicia Sacramone will be competing at the CoverGirl Classic in July! (http://www.universalsports.com/blogs/blog=tumblemumble/postid=476594.html#sacramone+plans+return+competit ion)


American gymnast Alicia Sacaramone announced today she plans to compete at the CoverGirl Classic, July 23-25, in Chicago, Illinois.

"I will be at Classics and definitely shooting for VISA Championships in August. I know a lot of people are hearing mixed things about our Olympic Team, who is coming back, who is not, but I'm for sure training," Sacramone told UniversalSports.com.

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A visit to coach Mihai Brestyan inspired her to return to the gym in September 2009 and begin more serious workouts in December. Sacramone has mixed emotions about returning to competition.

"I'm a little bit nervous because it has been so long, but at the same time, competing is one of my favorite things. I'm excited, nervous, and eager to get that first competition out of the way because I feel like I'm a little bit rusty. I need to get back into the groove," Sacramone said.

She plans to remain an event specialist and is currently working on balance beam and vault.

"The beam was the easiest thing to get back. Vault was a little bit more difficult because I had shoulder surgery, so getting the strength back to support myself was a little bit hard. I'm working on floor, but I don't know if that's going to happen this year. Maybe next year, we'll see."

Loves_Shizuka
06-09-2010, 08:03 PM
WOW, thanks for the news about Alicia. Quite interesting to hear beam "came back easiest." :eek:

elka_sk8
06-09-2010, 11:50 PM
Brian, ITA about Bross' hair. It looks so limp and...dirty?...in a way. It's hard to explain. :shuffle: And although it shouldn't, I wonder if her "lack of tiff" might hurt her scores in the future...:glamor:

I'm sort of surprised Nastia hasn't taken Rebecca under her wing in that respect, considering they're at the same gym and she the queen of looking tiffed. :glamor:


While Sloan needed mistakes from Bross in order to make either of those titles a reality, if Sloan's Amanar surfaces she may be able to beat Bross on her own terms.

Sloan's working on an Amanar? :watch: I prefer her gymnastics over Bross, was SO glad she won last year.

BigB08822
06-10-2010, 02:42 AM
Sloan's working on an Amanar? :watch: I prefer her gymnastics over Bross, was SO glad she won last year.

Everyone is "working" on an Amanar. LOL!

judgejudy27
06-10-2010, 04:28 AM
Poor Simona. Whenever I thought of Amanar for many years during and even a few after her career I couldnt help but think of her ugly Phelps vault as much as I tried to think of other things like her beautiful double layout of her double yurchenko. And now I am reminded of her as gymnast through that vault named after her which she mostly stumbled badly out of it the few times she tried it, which gymnasts today are mostly stumbling and fumbling out of.

I almost miss the days when everyone was doing a beautiful yurchenko full, LOL!

BigB08822
06-10-2010, 03:04 PM
I almost miss the days when everyone was doing a beautiful yurchenko full, LOL!

Watch one NCAA meet, just one, and you wont miss the Yurchenko full ever again.

judgejudy27
06-10-2010, 03:58 PM
About the scoring system I am in two minds about it. Sometimes I am so relieved about the new system, many other times I wish they just went back to the 10 system. When I watch Rebecca Bross needing to fall to lose an AA event I am reminded what I so dislike about the new system. However then I look back at old vids of Gina Gogean winning some of her medals, especialy her beam medals, and I am relieved we are no longer in the 10 system. Is it possible to strike a better balance than either of those systems?

BigB08822
06-10-2010, 04:04 PM
You would think there would be a way to strike some kind of balance. To me it seems we need to devalue some of the big skills. Actually, devalue all skills to keep them in the same scale because the most difficult skills SHOULD be worth more. What I am trying to say is there should be a way to reduce the huge A scores people can build up so that a fall does mean losing a title or a medal. Didn't Ferrari win her world AA title with a fall? That is embarrassing. It would mean lower scores but who cares, it's not like anyone understands the difference between a 12.750 and a 14.250 anyway.

judgejudy27
06-10-2010, 04:07 PM
Ferrari won the World AA with a fall in beam. Little wonder though when that was such a weak year Jana Bieger was the runner up. I agree with you that the A scores of skills shoudl be devalued. Either that or the judges should use B score to differentiate more to compensate. Someone like Steliana Nistor for example never getting above a 8.5 B score.

BigB08822
06-10-2010, 04:23 PM
Ferrari won the World AA with a fall in beam. Little wonder though when that was such a weak year Jana Bieger was the runner up. I agree with you that the A scores of skills shoudl be devalued. Either that or the judges should use B score to differentiate more to compensate. Someone like Steliana Nistor for example never getting above a 8.5 B score.

I would prefer to go with a reduction in the A scores because I do NOT trust the judges to do the right thing 100% of the time. If the A scores are reduced then we know that will apply to ALL gymnasts ALL of the time.

LKR
06-10-2010, 05:10 PM
WOW, thanks for the news about Alicia. Quite interesting to hear beam "came back easiest." :eek:

That's probably because beam doesn't require such heavy pounding like floor or hurt her shoulder like vault. This is good news for the U.S. because the team could really could use her on this event. Beijing team finals aside, Alicia was a very creditable beam worker who was pretty consistent and very capable of working the code in her favor. She would have made beam finals at both the 2007 Worlds and the 2008 Olympics if not for the two-per-country rule. It seems like Bross and Raisman should compete beam in team finals at this year's Worlds, and Sacramone (as long as she's hitting at Nationals/Selection Camps) would be a better option than Sloan IMO for the third spot.

BigB08822
06-11-2010, 02:09 AM
Sacramone had a shot at medaling on beam in Beijing if she could have gotten into the finals. She doesn't seem like someone who would be strong on beam but she was quite good when she hit!

chipso1
06-11-2010, 02:45 AM
Sacramone had a shot at medaling on beam in Beijing if she could have gotten into the finals. She doesn't seem like someone who would be strong on beam but she was quite good when she hit!

I agree. She was the 4th highest qualifier behind Li Shanshan, Liukin and Johnson, but obviously didn't get to compete due to the 2 per country rule. It was actually very close between her and Shawn: 15.975 to 15.950.

And before people start ragging on her about messing up beam in the TF in Beijing, let's not forget that Alicia performed a near-flawless routine in the TF at the 2007 Worlds while both Shawn and Nastia had huge, huge errors (a fall for Shawn and a botched dismount for Nastia).

judgejudy27
06-11-2010, 02:47 AM
Poor Alicia had no luck at all in Beijing. I actually liked watching her alot on beam. She had a kind of regal presence up there, her own style.

BigB08822
06-11-2010, 02:49 AM
Yeah, it sucks to think she was only .025 out of a spot in beam finals and almost a sure medal if she hit a good set. Since Johnson would have been out, she would have gone in as the 3rd highest qualifier. She would have been fighting for gold, in reality but woulda coulda shoulda, I guess...