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Alyssa Beckerman
Beckerman alyssa 2000 nats
Beckerman at the 2000 John Hancock National Championships

Full name

Alyssa Erin Beckerman

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

January 23 1981 (1981-01-23) (age 36)
Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

Height

5 ft 3 in

Years on National Team

1997-2000

Club

Cincinnati Gymnastics

Coach(es)

Mary Lee Tracy

Current status

Retired from elite

College team

UCLA

Alyssa Erin Beckerman (born January 23, 1981, in Long Branch, New Jersey) is an American gymnast and student.

Career

Beckerman was a member of the United States National Gymnastics Team from 1997 to 2000. Her highest honor was making the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships although she was unable to compete due to a wrist injury. She was named an alternate member of the 2000 US Olympic team, but was unable to compete because Tasha Schwikert (the other alternate member) was instead selected in place of an injured Morgan White. Beckerman competed on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) intercollegiate gymnastics team from 2001 to 2003 while pursuing a degree in sociology.

Beckerman is best known for her exquisite, clean gymnastics, impeccably long and smooth legs, and her tremendous dance ability. While not a very powerful gymnast, her floor exercise routines were dramatic and well received by judges. Beckerman's ability to pirouette was largely unmatched by other American gymnasts. Her triple pirouette on the floor exercise was well performed, as well as her pirouette with leg horizontal to the floor on the balance beam.

Beckerman's strongest events were the uneven bars and the balance beam.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1996Junior U.S. Classic19
Junior Coca-Cola Championships25
1997U.S. Classic 9
John Hancock Championships2030182719
Trophee Massilia519
1998American Classic102310417
U.S. Classic 4134516
John Hancock Championships8212nd87
EcoAir Cup2743rd3rd
1999American Classic 3rd3rd2nd3rd
John Hancock Championships43rd
International Team Championship2nd
Winnipeg Pan American Games2nd
World Team Trials3rd
Tianjin World Championships6
2000U.S. Classic 3rd1st3rd
John Hancock Championships52nd1st
Spieth Sogipa1st1st
U.S. Olympic Trials8

Floor Music

1998- "Hey, Big Spender"

1999- "Plaza of the Execution/Stealing the Map/Tornado in the Barracks" by Hans Zimmer, from The Mask of Zorro

2000- "El Triste" by Raul DiBlasio

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