US Star Sacramone Suffers Achilles Injury
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The competition status of U.S. Olympian Alicia Sacramone is in jeopardy after she suffered an injury to her right Achilles' tendon Thursday while training for the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo.

Sacramone, 23, was injured on floor exercise while training for the competition, which begins Friday.

"She is currently being evaluated and we will provide an update on her condition when we know more information," said Leslie King, vice president of media at USA Gymnastics.

Sacramone, the reigning world champion on vault, has fought through Achilles' tendons injuries in the past. She has nine world medals, including three golds.

Alexandra Raisman, Sacramone's training partner at Brestyan's Gymnastics in Massachusetts, had a crash landing off balance beam in training. Raisman is not seriously injured, King said.

USA Gymnastics did not put Sacramone on its lineup for Saturday, when the U.S. women compete second of two days of women's qualification. Though team member Anna Li was listed as the alternate, she will not compete because of an abdominal injury suffered in training. Gymnasts Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Raisman, Sabrina Vega and Jordyn Wieber are slated to compete all events Saturday.

The top eight teams in Tokyo automatically advance to the 2012 Olympic Games, while teams placing ninth through 16th advance to the Olympic test event. Four more teams will qualify from the second event.

Stay tuned to IG for more news and updates from Tokyo.

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Erin Pitts said:

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I hope Alicia didn't completly tear her achilles tendon. I hope it heals pretty quickly so she can be ready and prepared for the Olympics next year. She is so talented and she came out of retirement to be in the 2012 Olympic Games.
 
October 06, 2011
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Erin Pitts said:

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Hope Alicia tendon heals quickly so she can be ready for the Olympics test year. Gooh Luck to her!
 
October 06, 2011
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