Subway spokeswoman Nastia Liukin is one of the more popular potential U.S. Olympic athletes prepping for London in 73 days. She’s one of the faces of the USA gymnastics franchise, and one of the most successful competitors in Beijing 2008. But despite all her medals, she may not make the Olympic team this summer.
(UPDATE VIDEO: Liukin falls, faceplants at trials. Cost her chance at Olympics)
Her showing at the Olympic trials today was not so good. Here’s an interview of her following her performance, showing that she is indeed holding the proper perspective about her dimming chances of making the London 2012 Olympics squad.
From USA Today:
During her first event during the Olympic trials on Friday, the uneven bars, Liukin seemingly ran out of steam as she prepared for her dismount. With knees bent, she struggled then fell.
Just minutes into the competition, 1996 Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller, who was doing play-by-play in the arena, said that routine likely put her off the team. Next, Liukin struggled with her endurance on the beam, her only other event, likely proving Miller’s prediction true. She finished 10th on bars and seventh on beam.
“Basically, she ran out of gas,” said her father and coach, Valeri.
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