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With no regrets, Liukin retires from competitive gymnastics

With no regrets, Liukin retires from competitive gymnastics

Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Nastia Liukin competes on the beam during the Senior Women's competition on day four of the Visa Championships at Chaifetz Arena on June 10, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.

by TED MADDEN

WFAA-TV

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 3:17 PM

During her routine at Sunday's Olympic Trials, Nastia Liukin suffered a nasty fall. The 22-year-old gymnast from Plano was making one last run at the Olympics, and it didn't end well.

But that's not what she will remember from her last competition with the national team.

"I've had two high moments in my career that are at the very top," said Liukin four days later. "It was winning that all-around at the Beijing Olympics, and it was receiving that standing ovation in San Jose this past weekend."

Fans at the Olympic Trials recognized that this was probably it for Liukin, and they cheered for her 10 years on the national team, and her gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Liukin won gold for the all-around, and added four more medals, three silvers and a bronze, that year..

"I'm definitely ready to move on with my life and leaving the sport of gymnastics, the competitive sport of gymnastics," Liukin said. "I have no regrets at all. It's been an amazing journey."

At 22, Liukin is "over the hill" (her words), but she will stay involved with gymnastics. Liukin will be in London for the games as the athlete representative for the Federation of International Gymnastics. She also stays involved with her own line of leotards.

"That's something that I love to do because I've designed my own leotards ever since I was 12 years old," said Liukin. "To see little girls running around in the gym with my name on their leotards is really neat."

WOGA gymnastics in Plano is where Liukin spent countless hours training, so much so that she didn't consider this her second home. She considered it her first.

"It's home to me," she said. "I spent more time here than I ever did at my own house. The amount of time - blood, sweat, tears - everything."

Now she's ready to move on to college at New York University in January. After that, she doesn't know.

But there's no doubt she'll land on her feet.

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