What Olympian isn’t really proud of winning a medal? Most show it off proudly on the podium and then maybe walk around with it for a couple of days when they get home, at which time they put it in, like, a display case or something, and move on to the next phase of their life.
But that’s not how Alicia Sacramone rolls. While fellow gymnast Nastia Liukin was hanging out with Maria Sharapova at New York runway shows last week sans-medals (and she does have a couple of gold ones), Sacramone was toting her team silver around with her at Fashion Week, making sure everyone saw it whether they wanted to or not. Now, it appears she’s carrying it around in her purse to dinner in L.A.
I think most conversations are going something like this:
Alicia: Hi, I’m Alicia.
Bystander: Oh, hi, yeah, you’re the gymnast, right?
Alicia: You wanna see my medal?
Bystander: Uh, OK, sure
Alicia: (digging it out of her purse) See? See?
Bystander: That’s great, way to go
Alicia: (turning away, finding someone new) Have you seen it yet?
TMZ.COM caught up with Alicia outside of L.A. eatery Mr. Chow last night:
After justifying her second-place finish by claiming “silver is classier than gold,” Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone, unprovoked, whipped out her medal and shamelessly whored it out in front of Mr. Chow last night — because that’s how classy people roll.
Video of the encounter can be found here.
Sacramone, as you might remember, took the blame for the Americans’ second-place finish to the underage Chinese when she botched her balance beam and floor routines. But she’s clearly not letting that dampen her spirits.
So please, if you see her on the street, let her show you the medal. You don’t want her punching you in the face or something.