Alicia Sacramone is an American retired artistic gymnast, who bagged a silver medal during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She is the second-most decorated gymnast from the United States in the history of World Championship. She won 18 medals in various international championships for America.
Alicia Sacramone began gymnastics at an early age
Sacramone was born to orthodontist father Fred Sacramone and hairstylist mother Gail Sacramone on December 3, 1987, as their second child. She is of Italian descent. She attended Winchester High School and graduated in 2006.
Alicia started dancing at the age of 5 and joined gymnastics when she was 8 years old. Her mentors are Mihai and Silvia Brestyan, who remained her coach till the final days of her career. She trained with the Brestyans at the club ‘Gymnastics and More’ and later at their own training center in Massachusetts. She made it to the elite level in 2002 and the national team in 2003.
Alicia is the second most decorated US gymnast in World Championship
Sacramone started her professional career from the national championships in 2003, where she placed 14th. She won bronze for floor exercise and secured fourth position on vault. Following the performance, she won a place in the national team.
In 2004, she won a gold medal at the Pacific Alliance Championships. It was this performance from which she came out as a contender for the US Olympic team, however, she could not represent the country then. At World Cup final, she won gold for Vault defeating the reigning champion.
During the World Championships final that year, she won gold for vault. Between 2004-2006, she won 8 gold medals and a bronze medal in various championships. At World Championships 2005 in Melbourne, she came first in floor exercise and won a bronze medal for vault.
Alicia joined Brown University in 2006 and joined the gymnastic team where she broke all records in all-round, vault and floor exercise. In 2007, she competed at the National Championships, and defended her title on vault, came second on floor exercise and third on the balance team.
After the performance, she was named to the American team for World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. At the championship, she placed third on vault, second on floor exercise and first as a team.
Alicia’s major achievement was placing second at the Olympic Games at Beijing in 2008. However, she fell during floor exercise and beam. Following the disappointment, she announced her retirement but returned in 2009. She repeated her performance in the National and World Championships earning gold and silver medals. She retired in 2013 with ten World Championship medals.
The salary from the US National Team and endorsements has increased her net worth, which is estimated around $8 million.
Alicia Sacramone & husband have been together since 2007
Sacramone is married to former American football quarterback Brady Quinn. The couple started dating in 2007 and got engaged in 2013. They tied the knot in 2014. The couple has a daughter, Sloan Scott Quinn, who was born on August 6, 2016.