Alicia Sacramone – ShockSox

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. (781-366-4726)

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:

INSIDE: A comeback, a romance, a new business venture … Anything else you can squeeze in?

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.

read more on Inside Gymnastics – SACRAMONE SAYS …

Note: … not to be confused with Shock Sox, the motorcycle fork seal.


#1 PolyisTCOandbanned on 09.27.10 at 7:02 am

Shawn needs to understand several comments of Alicia’s:

-condition is key*
-don’t forget skills overnight
-injury prevention is key

*this is code for dropping fat. yes strength is needed too, but you can change strenght to weight much quicker, easier by changing the denominator. And Shawn is plenty strong. She needs to be lighter to allow more fluid bars.

#2 Em G. on 09.27.10 at 10:47 am

I wonder if those socks could double as heel pads for bar releases.

#3 shergymrag on 09.27.10 at 2:58 pm

TCO: “I’m just a weightlifting nucklehead …”


#4 Kary on 09.27.10 at 6:13 pm

Gosh. Poly is talking about Shawn and fat again. Poly, you are not her coach. You cannot know for sure what her fat percentage is. And it is none of your business.

I just hope you are donating to the Cal team each time you make one of these comments.

#5 PolyisTCOandbanned on 09.27.10 at 6:43 pm

“Cal” is Stanford, right?

#6 Jody on 09.27.10 at 11:26 pm

Coach, “Cal” is University of California, Berkeley. It is the flagship school in the University of California system (which includes UCLA). The Cal State system is much less prestigious.

#7 Kary on 09.27.10 at 11:29 pm

Stanford is their main rival (well that is my impression – I follow from New Zealand). I think Poly was intending to joke.

#8 HQ on 09.28.10 at 5:38 am

Poly, I thought that was funny. Not so in to you picking on SJ though…

#9 coach Rick on 09.28.10 at 6:45 am

OK, that was pretty funny, TCO.

#10 future Beam ‘footwear’ … — Gymnastics on 12.16.10 at 5:04 am

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#11 Mary Eurich on 08.11.11 at 12:55 pm

I have been trying to call you for a week several times to order. Have not received a return phone call – please call me ASAP!!! (989) 799-7493. Thank you!! My daughters current pair is falling apart!!!

#12 Natalie on 01.01.13 at 2:44 pm

My daughters physical therapist wants her to buy these… How do we purchase them?

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