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The Balance Beam of Life: Alicia Sacramone’s Olympic Fall

alicia-sacramone-1Imagine.  Just Imagine.  You train your whole life for one moment, and when that one moment comes, you fail.

This is what happened to Alicia Sacramone in the “Women’s” Gymnastics last night.

Through a slight miscue on China’s part, the American girls still had a chance to win the gold as they entered the balance beam competition last night.  The evident leader of the team, Alicia Sacramone, was first up.  In a mount that seems near impossible, she approached the beam backward, trying to begin with a back flip onto the beam.  She landed on the beam but had no balance.  As she fought to regain her balance and stay on the beam, one second that seemed like an eternity, she fell–a fall that basically ended America’s chance at a gold.

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Richard CummingsThe Balance Beam of Life: Alicia Sacramone’s Olympic Fall