Monday, July 2, 2012
Video: Plano gymnast Nastia Liukin falls short of London Olympics bid
The local athlete will not get to make her 2012 comeback.
Nastia Liukin at 2012 Olympic Trials
Parker gynmast Nastia Liukin, who was the individual all-around champion in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had a heartbreaking finish during the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials in San Jose. After falling flat during an uneven bar routine, Liukin was not chosen to compete in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.
Liukin lives in Parker and trains at WOGA Gymnastics in Plano with her dad and coach, Russian Olympian Valeri Liukin.
USA Today reports that no gymnastics champion in the Olympics has returned to the following Olympics since Nadia Comaneci did in 1980. The odds were not in Liukin's favor.
She finished with a score of 13.950 -- not good enough compared to her fellow athletes. “It took a lot of courage” to get back on the bars and finish the routine, Liukin told the Wall Street Journal. “I have learned to be a fighter.”
She later tweeted, "Thank you to the 18,000 people that gave me a standing ovation tonight. I will remember this moment for the rest of my life."
Liukin has said she will study sports management at New York University in 2013.
The women who made the U.S. 2012 Olympic Games gymnastics team are: Gabby Douglas, Virginia; McKayla Maroney, California; Aly Raisman, Massachusetts; Kyla Ross, California; and Jordyn Wieber, Michigan.