Alicia Sacramone has retired from competitive gymnastics. I will miss her terribly in competition, her beam work and style has always amazed me, along with her vault and floor. I had to opportunity to meet Alicia in London at this summers Olympics, I have not yet met a nicer, more honest, genuine, warm and friendly gymnast. She is a true lady.
She is currently part of the Kelloggs Tour of Champions and is on the road with some of her Beijing 2008 team mates as well as the London 2012 Olympic team. She caught up with Red Eye Chicago for an interview and divulged some information on what she plans to do after her retirement from competitive gymnastics:
What is your relationship like with gymnastics now on a day-to-day basis?
So I just retired from competition. Now we’re on this tour for three months. Other than that, I stay involved. I do choreography and then I coach as well. So that’s how I’m staying involved in the sport, but I also might take a job with our federation for USA Gymnastics. So once this [tour] is done and things calm down and we go into the new year, I’ll see what kind of opportunities that has. But it’s different now, I don’t know. … I went to the [London] Olympics and did media work, and it was just so different being an athlete and then working at the event. I think it’s more stressful for me to watch the girls compete than be the one competing, because [the outcome was] always in my hands. I know what I can do and what I’m capable of. But watching them, you’re just so stressed, going like, “Oh my gosh, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m freaking out!” But they did so well, so it was a lot of fun.
What do you do in the spare time you have now?
I love to bake and cook, so I do that a decent amount. I am really into music, so I try to go to concerts as much as possible. But I really want to design shoes, so I’m trying to learn as much as I can about that now so I can kind of push in that direction.
Personally, I’d love to see Alicia involved in USAG in some respect and I’m very glad to hear that she’s coaching. Read the full interview here.
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