So, Amelia isn’t in the office today, because she’s at the Olympic gymnastics trials! How cool is that? She’ll be bringing us coverage from the trials in San Jose, CA, as the men’s and women’s Olympic teams are decided (go Alicia!). And as we’ve probably mentioned before, I’ll be covering the Olympics from London later this summer with the fine folks of Proctor & Gamble, who are major Olympics sponsors! We want to bring you all the thrills of victory and agonies of defeat, but first! Let’s all share a chuckle as “The Today Show”‘s Natalie Morales tries out a few gymnastics moves — or tries to, anyway — with head coach Bela Karolyi looking on.
If all goes well for 24-year-old gymnast Alicia Sacramone, she’ll end her sports career with a bang this August at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. Sacramone is one of the older competitors on the women’s gymnastics team, which gives her the advantage of being more experienced, but the disadvantage of possibly being aged out by younger, more flexible girls. No matter, says Sacramone, who’s competed at the international level for several years now. Even if she doesn’t make it to the Olympics team this year — which she’s heavily favored to do — she’s got a plan B. Sacramone’s going to finish school and work in fashion, she says. She’s already got one fashion line under her belt — and she designs all her own leotards.
And that’s not all: Alicia’s also teamed up with P&G Beauty to help raise money for the Team USA Youth Sports Fund. She’s encouraging all of us to “like” P&G Beauty’s Facebook page; for every like, P&G will donate a dollar to the sports fund, which supports athletic programs around the country, up to $100,000.
Check out our interview with Alicia after the jump! Keep reading »