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Nastia Liukin Falls During Uneven Bars, Receives Standing Ovation

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Nastia Liukin Falls During Uneven Bars, Receives Standing Ovation
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Nastia Liukin, the Olympic gold medalist who was hoping to secure at spot at this year’s Summer Olympics in London, watched her dreams shatter as she fell hard onto the mat during Sunday’s finals. This incident follows a similar occurrence during Friday’s competition, which found Liukin breaking form and landing on her back.

Unwilling to let her career end on such a down note, Liukin, who said you can learn a lot about a person during moments such as this, stood up, collected herself, and finished her routine despite the fact that her hopes for competing this July had come to a close. Her final score was 13.95, which, according to the Associated Press, wasn’t close to the time she set during her silver award-winning turn on the uneven bars in Beijing.

20 minutes after suffering from the fall, Liukin was back in action, performing a beam routine that would earn her a score of 14.950. However, none of that really mattered in the long run. As she left the floor, the talented 22 year-old gymnast was met with hugs and standing ovations, a fitting end to such an accomplished career. Experiencing such a massive letdown certainly takes its toll on these competitors, who often spend several long years training for such events.

“Getting up after a fall is never easy,” she explained. “It’s always very tough. It shows your true character if you are able to get up and that’s something I’ve been taught since I was 8 years old.”

Liukin says that she’s done with training, finished with competitions, and intends to head to New York for college in the near future. Regardless of where life takes her, the gymnast will always be known for her skill, determination, and heart.

“I kind of had tears in my eyes just seeing the 12 to 15,000 people on their feet cheering for me and it was an emotional but amazing way to end my career,” Liukin said.

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Nastia Liukin Falls During Uneven Bars, Receives Standing Ovation
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  • Helen

    You could see the total disappointment in her face…:(

  • http://youtube vilma sinski

    Its not the end of the world for Nastia. Go to college and enjoy your
    achievments. Your still young and life is full of ups and downs.

  • Barb

    Ouch, that had to hurt. I think I would have just said screw it and went and got a beer or something. Good for her that she was able to get back up and complete the routine. That took a lot of courage and determination.

  • Sam Sponaugle

    I think that she should be able to atend the Olympics because she is one of the best gymnasts I have ever seen and just one mistake should not prevent the citizens of the world to experience her gymnastics as she has always shown before. Give her a break as she certainly deserves it. She is a real sport figure and has the courage to continue on with her routine even after that terrific fall. Come on!!!

  • p

    there’s no point for me in watching the Olympics anymore without Nastia :’( I was so looking forward to seeing her. It will suck without her she’s the best!

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