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Nastia Liukin Falls During Uneven Bars Routine at Olympic Trials Finals

Nastia Liukin given warm farewell from sold-out crowd in San Jose

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Monday, Jul 2, 2012  |  Updated 3:25 PM CDT
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Nastia Liukin falls face first on the mat during a release move on the uneven bars during the last night of the U.S. Olympic trials in San Jose. Click here to watch video on NBCOlympics.com

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The U.S. Olympic trials were difficult for Nastia Liukin and World Olympic Gymnastics Academy teammate Rebecca Bross.

Liukin had a break in form during her uneven bar routine and fell on her back during the dismount in competition Friday. At the finals Sunday night, Liukin had the same form break and an even harder fall during a release move, landing face down on the mat below. 
 
Liukin, the consummate professional, chalked up and took to the bars to finish the routine with the massive sold-out crowd behind her.
 
"I wish I could have done that bar routine and proven to everybody that I'm capable of doing it," Liukin said at the end of her competition night. "But I understand that, you know, my time is up and I'm so excited to cheer these girls on."
 
 
Liukin then tackled balance beam without much difficulty and was again met by the roar of the crowd, with tears in her eyes she waved to the crowd and hugged her fellow competitors.
 
"I kind of had tears in my eyes just seeing the 12 to 15,000 people on their feet cheering for me and it was an emotional but amazing way to end my career," Liukin  said.
 
An estimated 17,526 were on hand to watch the night's events unfold.
 
Bross who fell off the balance beam during the first night's competition also had a rough Sunday night. Bross, who's coming back from a knee injury, fell twice during her uneven bar routine and with tears in her eyes ended the night without finishing her routine.
 
Only five women made the final team; Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.

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