Monday, August 31, 2009

Nastia Withdraws from Worlds Selection Process

From USAG:

“I have given a lot of thought to this since the 2009 Visa Championships,” said Liukin, who competed in the Visa Championships in Dallas earlier this month. “Getting back into the gym and competition has been a major goal for me this summer, and I have worked hard to balance my training and obligations. This past year has been wonderful and a whirlwind. With the selection process for Worlds beginning next week, I realized I need to take some time to get myself where I need and want to be competitively. Competing at a World Championships is an incredible experience, and I look forward to supporting my teammates as they prepare for London.

“The 2012 Olympics in London remain an important goal for me. I have more to accomplish in this sport.”

I totally respect her decision. Good for her for being mature enough to not just say "why not, even if I'm not ready".

So I'm standing by my prediction... Bridget, Sam, Ivana, Kayla. Thoughts now?