With 10 medals in World Championship competition, Alicia Sacramone is the most decorated United States gymnast in the history of the event. At the World Championships from 2005 to 2007, she won seven medals including floor exercise gold in 2005 and a team gold in 2007.
After earning a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Sacramone returned to her gold standard at the 2010 World Championships with a gold medal on the vault. When the United States earned team gold at the 2011 World Championships, Sacramone picked up her record-breaking 10th medal.
A Boston native, Sacramone began studying dance at the age of three and started training gymnastics five years later, at age eight, in 1996. She began her gymnastics career with Romanian coaches Mihai and Silvia Brestyan at the Gymnastics and More club and continued to train with them after they opened their own training facility. She has remained under their tutelage throughout her gymnastics career.
Away from gymnastics, Sacramone has remained extremely active. In June 2008, Sacramone and her teammates Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin became the first female athletes ever to be signed as CoverGirl spokesmodels.
Sacramone is also a member of Team 24 Fitness and serves as a spokeswoman for the fitness company. In 2009, she also appeared in a Gatorade commercial that spoofed Monty Python and the Holy Grail. During the summer of 2009, Sacramone briefly stayed in Los Angeles while designing for Tank Farm, a men’s fashion company.
Sacramone was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.