Gymnasts Aren’t Like a Fine Wine with Alicia Sacramone Quinn – Bonus Episode 1

The Recap

Sam welcomes to the podcast former Olympic teammate and close friend, Alicia Sacramone Quinn. Alicia is a former American gymnast who is also the second-most decorated American gymnast in World Championship history, netting ten medals during her illustrious career. Since retiring from gymnastics, Alicia has gone on to start a family and welcomed her second daughter in July 2018. Alicia also collaborated with Sam to launch The Gympire, a fitness company with the mission of encouraging, motivating, and inspiring people to live a happy and healthy life.

In this episode, Sam and Alicia recall their memories from the 2007 World Championships and 2008 Olympic games. They discuss the peaks and valleys they encountered along the way to becoming Olympic medalists, including injuries and other roadblocks. Alicia and Sam reminisce over Sam’s infamous journal, as they look back on their friendship. Finally, Alicia discusses the current culture of gymnastics and what can be done to change the negative stigma the sport has been labeled with in recent years.

Episode Highlights

  • 01:48 – Sam welcomes Alicia to the podcast
  • 03:25 – Sam and Alicia recall early memories of their friendship
  • 05:17 – How Alicia and Sam are most similar and most different
  • 06:45 – How Alicia and Sam’s friendship has changed over the years
  • 09:36 – Alicia’s first experience with gymnastics
  • 11:27 – The moment Alicia knew she wanted to go to the Olympics
  • 12:50 – Alicia recalls the 2000 World Championship
  • 14:10 – Peaks and valleys from the 2007 World Championships
  • 16:57 – The international perception of Americans
  • 22:02 – Alicia’s feelings on the 2008 Olympic selection process
  • 24:51 – How injuries and training practices impacted the 2008 Olympic gymnastics team
  • 29:24 – Alicia describes her Olympic village experience
  • 31:33 – Alicia and Sam recall peaks and valleys from the 2008 Olympics
  • 34:22 – Sam’s infamous Olympic journal
  • 37:26 – Alicia and Sam share their stories of dealing with Marta Karolyi, the U.S. National Team Coordinator
  • 41:17 – How Alicia kept her composure, especially during the stress of the 2008 Olympics
  • 45:31 – The elevator metaphor
  • 47:05 – Life post-Olympics for Sam and Alicia
  • 50:45 – The current culture of gymnastics and how it can be improved
  • 54:54 – Recognizing and overcoming the recent scandals associated with gymnastics
  • 59:20 – USA Gymnastics and Game of Thrones comparisons
  • 1:01:29 – How Alicia works fitness into her busy life
  • 1:02:56 – Alicia talks about having a C-section
  • 1:04:55 – Alicia reveals one thing people can do to get 1% better each day

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