Alicia Sacramone Vault Ends Like The Rest Of Her Beijing 2008 Olympics Experience
It's Clearly Not Going To Be Her Olympics
Alicia Sacramone had, shall we say, the necessary "skill set" to become a mega star during these Beijing Olympic games. She's still become incredibly popular, she is hot after all, but the attention has come for all the wrong reasons.
Falling twice during the Women's Gymnastic team final left Sacramone devastated on national television with a camera following her every tear. Even worse, having to answer these terrible questions from Andrea Joyce.
Tonight, Sacramone was hoping to save a little face, and make a big splash in the women's vault competition. She suffered perhaps the only fate worse than falling the USA to a silver medal.
Sacramone finished fourth, just out of medal contention, and it didn't have anything to do with her.
Chinese gymnast Cheng Fei fell on her second vault, what my gymnastics expertise would deem "a bad fall," yet still scored higher than Sacramone and won the bronze medal.
You could explain gymnastics scoring to me a thousand times and I'd still never understand. My man Bela Karolyi was understandably beside himself when asked to explain the judges ruling. When Bela is at a loss of words, you know something is out of wack.
It's fair to say that Alicia Sacramone won't look back on her Olympic experience kindly.