The official word is out – USA’s Alicia Sacramone has torn her Achilles Tendon. Read the statement from USAG below:
TOKYO, Oct. 7, 2011 – Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, tore her Achilles tendon yesterday during a tumbling pass at a training session.
“I am so disappointed to not be able to compete and be a part of this team’s competitive success,” said Sacramone. “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. I will miss being out there to help them, but I will be watching them on Universal Sports and NBC. I also want to thank my teammates, fans and friends for their overwhelming support and messages of encouragement.”
According to U.S. team physician Dr. Larry Nassar, she sustained her injury while attempting a tumbling pass at training. She is flying back to the United States to meet with an Achilles tendon specialist and is expected to have surgery on Monday. The type of surgery and the needed recovery time depend on the location of the tear.
“Alicia is an incredible young woman,” said Kathy Kelly, vice president of program for USA Gymnastics. “Even injured, she has demonstrated her leadership skills and provided inspiration for her team. 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.”
The U.S. women compete in the qualification round on Oct. 8.
Well known gymnasts who have recently suffered Achilles Tendon Tears are Fabian Hambuchen and Becky Downie – perhaps the Achilles Tendon tear is the new ACL tear of 2011? Both gymnasts sustained their injuries in January and are both competing at Worlds.