Alicia has been mighty quiet since winning the 2010 world vault title eight months ago…few interviews, no competitions, no YouTube videos, no major stories other than the rumor from last year that she was going to be training floor. We still haven’t heard much about her training status, though as far as I know she should be planning to compete at nationals this summer…perhaps just saving her body for the major competitions and not wasting her time with less important meets.
I don’t know for sure when this video was taken, but it was posted just three weeks ago. It features the only footage I’ve seen of her training her rumored handspring front double full, in addition to some extremely solid beam work:
Alicia Sacramone Training Video
That particular one would need more rotation to complete on the hard ground, but it’s cool to at least see that the possibility is there. No woman has ever competed that vault, and it does look at least feasible for her to do. It will be very interesting to see where Alicia fits in this year. I’m fully expecting her to make the world team again unless something unforeseen this summer suggests otherwise, but throwing Jordyn Wieber and Shawn Johnson into the mix certainly could provide some interesting surprises. We now have at least four serious world team contenders who are either relatively weak on bars or don’t train bars: Jordyn Wieber, Shawn Johnson, Alicia Sacramone, and Aly Raisman. Alicia will need to be at least just as strong on vault and beam as she was last year, and her status on floor will be a key factor for the U.S., given the team’s demise on this event at worlds last year. We have yet to see a tumbling pass from Alicia since the team finals in Beijing three years ago, and this will be a much anticipated part of her performances this summer.