And I want a gold medal more than anything. I just want a gold medal, so that's been pushing me forward.

- Alicia Sacramone

I feel blessed to have an opportunity to try out for a second Olympics team and if it doesn't work out, hey I gave it my all.

- Alicia Sacramone

I try not to deprive myself of anything. I don't do the low-carb thing or anything like that.

- Alicia Sacramone

As a gymnast, you always wear spandex. Being a teenager wearing spandex? It was tough accepting how my body looked, especially if there was any weight gain.

- Alicia Sacramone

I literally tried every sport and was miserable. Soccer couldn't hold my attention. I couldn't figure skate. I'm afraid to swim. So I did dance for five years. It came a time where I was getting a little bit bored with it.

- Alicia Sacramone

I got a custom-made silk dress from a Chinese tailor for really cheap. I sketched it out on a piece of paper, and they took my measurements and made the dress for me in a day!

- Alicia Sacramone

I like that my body is in shape and toned, and isn't too muscular. I feel I still have a woman's physique.

- Alicia Sacramone

It was probably right after I made my comeback - after retiring post-2008 Olympics - when I finally felt more at ease with my body. Being away from the sport helped put things in perspective.

- Alicia Sacramone

It was a dream come true for me to be at the Olympics.

- Alicia Sacramone

Beijing didn't go the way I planned and I would have liked to have performed a little bit better personally. After Beijing that is what stuck in my mind. I want a better Olympic finish.

- Alicia Sacramone