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Alicia Sacramone on USA world gymnastics team; not Shawn Johnson

September 21, 2011 |  8:19 pm

USA Gymnastics announced the teams that will represent the U.S. at the 2011 world championships in Tokyo Oct. 8-16 and at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 14-30.

Three 2008 Olympians -- Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel and Bridget Sloan-- were picked for the Pan Am Games team rather than the team that will aim to earn the U.S. a 2012 Olympic spot.

A fourth 2008 Olympian, Alicia Sacramone, will travel to Tokyo along with two gymnasts with Southern California ties. McKayla Maroney, a 15-year-old from Laguna Niguel who trains at All Olympia Gymnastics Center  in Los Angeles and Anna Li, an All-American when she was at UCLA from 2007-2010, will be on the Tokyo team.

Also on the world team are Gabrielle Douglas, who trains with Johnson at Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute in Iowa; Alexandra Raisman, who is a training partner with Sacramone at Brestyan's American Gymnastics in Massachusetts; Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y., and new U.S. all-around champion Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich.


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Photo: Alicia Sacramone. Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images