Nastia Liukin update

WOGA Olympian Nastia Liukin has been on the road and gave a great speech. She’s earned some time to relax

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Top women in United States will be training in Collin County at WOGA Gymnastics #planotx #friscotx

The big story in the gymnastics world is that WOGA Gymnastics, with facilities in Plano and Frisco, Texas, will be the place where the U.S. women’s team trains with head coach Valeri Liukin.

The team had been training in Huntsville, Texas, and will be working at a WOGA’s  gym on a temporary basis.

Olympian Nastia Liukin said her dad, Valeri Liukin, is committed to providing a safe environment for “these young women working so hard at a sport we all love so much.”

The women’s team will be looking for a permanent training center.


Liukin: ‘Passion burning inside of me’ for London Olympics

News is breaking out of Tokyo on Saturday morning that Olympic champion Nastia Liukin is going for London.

The Associated Press reported that the gold medalist said she has resumed training with the hope of making the U.S. team for next summer’s London Olympics. She doubts she’ll do the all-around next year, focusing instead on uneven bars and balance beam, her best events.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I want to go out there at the end of 2012 knowing I did everything I could and not have any regrets,” Liukin said. “I know it’s definitely going to be a push, and I know there are going to be days when I’m struggling and thinking, ‘Why am I doing this?’ But because of the passion burning inside of me, I think I just owe it to myself to see if I can do this.”

Liukin, only the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic title, has taken most of the past three years off. She’s trained off and on – her family does own three gyms – but wasn’t sure as recently as earlier this summer if she wanted to make the commitment another Olympic bid will take. She has a heavy travel schedule because of personal appearances and commercial endorsements, and she’s also the athlete representative for the International Gymnastics Federation.

Even at previous gymnastics meets, she was conflicted at the prospect of competing again. But within the last two months, something changed and Liukin realized she still had that competitive spark.

“I’m not just going to be going back to just try and make an Olympic team,” she said. “That’s never been enough for me, and it’s still not enough for me. I feel really different. I feel like a new person this go-round. I’ve never felt this committed to trying to achieve this goal.”

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