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What's Next For Gymnasts Liukin and Johnson

What's Next For Gymnasts Liukin and Johnson

Women's gymnastics really seems like a sport for girls. While there were some older competitors, like Alicia Sacramone of the US and China's Cheng Fei who are both 20, it seems a sport loaded with youngsters. So what happens to these women, or girls, after competing at the top? All-around gold medal winner Nastia Liukin and her teammate Shawn Johnson are definitely approaching their futures differently. These girls roomed together at the Olympics and wanted to go gold and silver in as many events as they could, but let me tell you about their next moves.

The 18-year-old Nastia Liukin will be heading home to Texas Thursday with her five medals, one gold, one bronze, and three silvers. She has many ad campaigns in the works, including one for Visa, and you can expect to see her on the Jay Leno show sometime next week. Daughter of Olympian gymnasts, Liukin plans on competing in the 2009 world championships.

To see what Shawn's future holds,


For the near future, Shawn plans on shopping and visiting the Great Wall as well as walking in the closing ceremony. After training with the hopes of a gold medal in the all-around competition, this 16-year-old from Iowa will probably take off her first semester of her junior year of high school to participate in a planned gymnastics tour. She told reporters:

It's hard to think about four more years. After not winning the all-around, it hit me pretty hard, not that I got the silver, but just all my emotions came out. I was training to win gold. I'm just proud of myself that I kept my head up.

Having been riveted to my TV for the last week watching these amazing young ladies tumble, twist, and vault, I will miss them. How about you?


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rosie2857 rosie2857 8 years
I'm glad Shawn Johnson won a gold medal! I enjoy watching her routines, alot of power in such a little package! lol
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
i loved seeing them. i'll definitely miss them!
jeway jeway 8 years
i definitely loved watching both of them perform. I was at the edge of my seat rooting for them. And also laying in bed watching them late at night. Go team USA!
kathili kathili 8 years
I still wish Shawn Johnson had won. She's so cute! But it is true that she's been winning so often in part because Nastia would mess up, so good job to Nastia for coming through in the Olympic AA!
CYL CYL 8 years
poses a question I have always wondered. What happens when your Olympic career ends? Or for those that didn't medal ever in the careers and won't get commerical deals? I mean I am sure they all went to school and have other passions, but I just wonder what kind of work they get into?
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I'm with you yum, geez my boss just commented on why I sound so tired :D I have to say I'm sad to see it over but I'm just as glad because now i can go back to sleeping before midnight.
Ginger-Snaps Ginger-Snaps 8 years
I loved watching them both very much, but there's something about Nastia Liukin. She's just so beautiful and graceful, I couldn't take my eyes away. Very inspiring! :smile:
michlny michlny 8 years
They kept me up late every night. They are amazing. Their commitment and training, intense. They inspire me.
jen1975 jen1975 8 years
Read "Chalked Up" by Jennifer Sey to learn how hard it can be to face years of additional hard-core training.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's really interesting to see how some athletes consider themselves to be retired at certain ages. swimmers for example, there are a lot at these games that are 24 yrs + and with gymnastics - it's like you're over the hill at that point. i think that it's a shame that your success is short lived - but i guess that's something that you know going into the sport when you work at it from the time you're a really little kid. i think that for Shawn - we'll see her try to go for the next games. if that happens - that's a whole different story. i'm sure that there will be stiff competition for her with all the up and comers.
Food Food 8 years
I will definitely miss them! They have been the reason why I've been sleep-deprived for the last week and a half!
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