Another article on Nastia:
"Liukin easing into competition after ankle injury" - http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/070607dnsponastia.3525257.html
Nastia is competing just bars and beam at the Pan Am Games because of her ankle injury she had before the 2006 Worlds where she did just bars and then had surgery to fix the bone chips. Her ankle was almost all the way back but then got inflamed in May - her imaging/scans show that the bone and interior are good though. She plans to do all-around at the Visa Championships in August in San Jose, California. Then it's the Worlds and then the Olympics, going for the gold 20 years after her dad Valeri did for the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics.
"I just have to go through pain sometimes," Liukin said. "There's no time to rest anymore."
"I've never had anything like this before," Liukin said. "It's pretty aggravating."
Her dad and coach:
"It's tough on her; it's tough on me," Valeri Liukin said. "It's a whole year basically she's had to watch. I don't think anyone has more desire than her."
On the 2008 Olympics:
"It's such a big thing," Liukin said, "If you stick it in your head, it's all you're going to think about all the time. My dad makes a plan for me week-by-week, and we try to follow it step-by-step."
"When I was little, I would say it's in the back of my mind," Liukin said. "But with a year left, it's starting to push forward. I've been working for 14 years, and I have one year left. It makes it seem so close."
During practice Nastia does tumbling passes on a mat and lands vaults into the pit.
Her sponsors include: Visa, AT&T, Adidas and Longines (watches) according to the article - I think GK too.
Also, this is interesting:
[quote]She is launching her own line of AAI gymnastics equipment. Geared toward beginning gymnasts, it's pink and features her signature, topped with a heart.
Even grander plans, such as a book deal and dolls made in Liukin's likeness, could be in her future. [/quote]
[quote]"Starting gymnastics, this isn't anything that was in my mind," Liukin said. "I'm not in gymnastics for the endorsements, the money, nothing. I'm in it because I love competing. My career has gotten very far ahead of me. It kind of seems unreal still, seeing my name on equipment.
"That's still kind of weird, but very cool." [/quote]
Carly Patterson got GK leotards with her signature on them after she won the 2004 Olympics.