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Sacramone smiles back home

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 22, 2008 05:21 PM

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By Casey Ramsdell, Globe Correspondent

BURLINGTON -- Giddy young girls in ponytails and leotards clutched handwritten signs today and lined up outside a gym here waiting for their idol. She wasn’t a gold medal winner, but it didn’t matter to the hundreds who honored her with homemade T-shirts. Alicia Sacramone was home.

The U.S. Gymnastics captain and Winchester native stumbled in Beijing, a mistake that contributed to the team's silver medal finish. Sacramone failed to capture an individual medal and placed fourth in the vault, an event in which she was projected to do well.

Despite not shining in the games, Sacramone was the star of the show today at the Burlington gym where she trains.

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