Training Camp at the National Team training center was the next step for Nastia. Her camp performance was proof positive of her gymnastics comeback securing her spot on the National Team. Recently, GK spoke with Nastia about her comeback and the road to London 2012.
GK: Congratulations, Nastia! We heard the great news that you are back on the US Women's National Team. How do you feel?
NL: Thank you so much! I feel honored to be part of the National Team again and hopefully I will have the opportunity to compete and represent the USA very soon. I'm taking it one day at a time and sticking to the plan my dad has put together for me.
GK: What made you decide to come back after all of your success out of the gym?
NL: I never really let go of the idea of coming back to train. I've been really busy and have traveled a lot the past few years. I am so blessed to have many opportunities, but I realized that I cannot do everything all at once as it is all very time consuming. So, I decided that I owe it to myself to give training everything I have for the next 8 months. As July 2012 approaches, I want to look back knowing I did everything I could and have no regrets.
GK: What is your training schedule like now?
NL: My training schedule is back to "normal.” I start my morning training at 7:30 with running and then I head to the gym to train until noon. Then I come back for the afternoon training session from 3-6 p.m. In between trainings, I go to physical therapy and acupuncture. I have been training this schedule since I was about 10 years old. It has worked for me in the past so I wouldn't want to change anything.
GK: How are your workouts structured? What do you do outside of the gymnastics gym?
NL: Lately, I've been spending most of my time in the gym. When I’m outside the gym, I normally rest and get ready for my next training session. Sunday is my day off and I like to spend time with my friends and family, catch up on work emails, and maybe do a little shopping!
GK: Since winning the All-Around title in 2008, how is your comeback approach different as you look toward the 2012 games?
NL: My approach working toward 2012 has changed, but has also stayed the same. I am older this time around, so training feels a little different everyday. I also know exactly what lies ahead of me for the next 8 months. I know what the process is like trying to make an Olympic Team, but knowing that doesn't necessarily make it any easier. It's still a stressful and nerve-wracking process. What has stayed the same is giving it my all every single day and having a daily goal of being able to walk out of the gym at 6pm every night knowing that it was a productive training day and I'm another step closer to achieving another dream.
GK: Is it harder this time around?
NL: It is definitely harder this time around because in 2008, I had been training my whole life for that moment. Then I took a few years off, and I'm back at it again. So it's been a whole different process this year. I'm really excited for the journey and what lies ahead.
GK: Tell us about your inspiration for your Nastia Liukin Gold Medal Collection.
NL: I feel like the inspiration for my line comes from many different things. I love fashion, so I definitely keep up with the latest fashion and color trends for the seasons. I also love doing something completely different and out of the element, something that is eye‑catching that will make a unique leotard.
Have a tiny champion dreaming of Olympic gold? Check out the children's gymnastic leotards designed by Nastia at GK Style E1787 and E1795.
Nastia's latest designs for GK are available now in our 2011/2012 Fall/Winter Leotard Collection and 2011 Holiday Leotard Collection.