Nastia Liukin captured the hearts of America in 2008 with her gutsy, gold medal performance (individual all-around Gold medal) in the Olympic Games in Beijing. For bringing home the gold for America, we will forever be grateful.
On Sunday night though, we witnessed the abrupt, painful end of an illustrious career. Apparently, 22 years old is considered geriatric for female gymnasts, and Liukin’s body couldn’t hold up anymore. Nastia was determined to prove her dissenters wrong by making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team past her prime. She tried to extend her legacy, and finishing in the top five at the Olympic Trials last weekend was the next step in her journey. The uneven bars did her in though, and hard.