December 22, 2014
It was just like old times for Nastia Liukin.
The Olympic champion returned to competition for the first time since the Beijing Games on Saturday night, doing one event - the balance beam - at the Cover Girl Classic. Liukin plans to compete at the national championships next month in her hometown of Dallas, and wanted to do a meet beforehand to get back in the routine of competition.
Her score of 14.5 was the second-highest of any gymnast after the first of four rotations.
Though Liukin's routine lacked some of its usual difficulty - her dismount was watered down - it was still impressive. When she did a front somersault, sweeping one leg back and extending it behind her without ever touching the beam, it looked effortless.