Check this out. Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone is now a business woman, promoting a very interesting product for beam.
$19.99 per pair plus shipping and handling.
Half socks, half heel pad. Nice.
Inside Gymnastics has a good interview, though it’s heavy on the details of her relationship with Denver Broncos’ backup quarterback Brady Quinn:
SACRAMONE: Obviously I need to finish [college] and get my degree. I promised my dad I would. Right now, I’m on the fence about whether I go back while I’m trying to train, or do I finish up training—ride this out—and go back to school when I’m done? That’s what I’m conflicted with. Obviously I’m going to finish, I just want to figure out when.
INSIDE: And in the gym? Upgrades? A new floor routine perhaps?
SACRAMONE: I’m still just taking it one day at a time. I’m training as much as it takes. Conditioning is what is important. You don’t forget your gymnastics skills overnight. If you’re training and you’re healthy, it makes competing that much easier. That’s what we’re focusing on right now.
Obviously World Championships would be a great way to wrap up this year, but it’s a long competition. If I go, we’re gone for a month. That’s a lot of hard landings, a lot of routines.
I’m definitely really competent with what I’m doing. I don’t know what other people are doing, internationally, but I’m happy with where I am, and right now I’m gonna stick with this. If I need to, I’ll try and work on upgrading for next competitive season.
Floor [sigh] … The thing is, it’s a love-hate relationship with floor. I love competing it, but it’s so grueling for my body. I’ve played around with tumbling and I can do what I was tumbling at the Olympics. [Coach] Mihai (Brestyan) is pushing for it, but I’m taking my time with that one. I’d love to do it, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Maybe next year.
…I’m just trying to keep any injuries from coming. Prevention is key right now for me.
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