The winner of five medals including the coveted all-around at the Beijing Games, Nastia Liukin is one of the most highly decorated gymnasts the U.S. has ever produced. Everyone believed her when she announced her retirement after the 2008 Olympics.
Oh how time changes one's perspective.
After a brief comeback in 2009, Liukin chose to take a familiar path of champions before her. She changed her focus to the business world and working at the gym alongside her father and coach, Valeri Liukin. She even has a major event in her name, no small feat in the world of retirement.
Then suddenly last summer, she rethought her decision and prospects for competing in London 2012.
So with only one year to reestablish herself as queen of the beam, she is back and fighting for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team on this sole event where even at 23, she excels – shoulder problems notwithstanding.
Liukin is a pro at handling pressure, so that is not a concern. We can’t wait to see if her body can handle it.