Watch U.S. Olympic team member Alicia Sacramone on her 2008 final beam routine.
Alicia fell on right at the beginning, but managed to keep going & give a solid performance. Just goes to show you – anyone can mess up – but champions keep going!
in addition to Anastasia Liukin, Alicia is an Olympic hopeful for the 2012 games in London, England.
U.S. Senior Women’s National Team
15 members will go to London including these 2 athletes.
Alicia was also suffering an injury (torn Achille's heel) but is back. She is a perfectionist and works very hard. Her previous accomplishments including being captain of the 2008 Olympic team. She is now age 24 (senior age for an Olympic gymnast) and is in top form.
The balance beam apparatus is made to FIG standards, but some training facilities use carpeted beams for training to prevent injury.
A time limit of 1 1/2 minutes on the beam for a routine is imposed by FIG rules. They get a warning tone at 1 minute and 20 seconds with a second tone at the 1 1/2 minute mark (which then leads to a score deduction).