In the team finals, Liukin performed on three events: beam, bars and floor exercise.Her uneven bars score of 16.900 was the highest mark awarded in the entire Olympic competition.
While she lost credit for her dismount, she also avoided a deduction for a fall, and earned a 15.175.She also earned a silver on the uneven bars behind Russia's Ksenia Semenova, scoring a 16.300 after taking a step on her dismount.Liukin's first meet of the 2008 season was the American Cup in New York City, where she defeated 2007 winner Shawn Johnson to regain her title.In the team competition, Liukin posted an all-time high score of 16.650 on the uneven bars, but in event finals, she fell on her Gienger release move and took a step on her dismount, earning a 15.225 and taking second place. She regained her national champion title on the beam and defended her national title on the uneven bars for the fourth consecutive year, scoring a 17.050 in preliminaries and a 17.100 in finals, the highest recorded score for any American gymnast at any event since the advent of the new Code of Points. Liukin performed all-around in the qualifying round of competition.She fell on her dismount from the uneven bars, but nevertheless qualified to the all-around final with a score of 63.325, which ranked her just behind Shawn Johnson, her friend and Olympic roommate.She returned to campus in spring 2009, but her travel schedule and professional commitments caused her to withdraw before the end of the semester.She stated that she hoped to continue her studies at New York University in the future.Following Nationals, Liukin was named to the American team for the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, where she competed all-around in the team qualifying round and on bars and beam in the finals.Liukin's score for her bars routine in team finals was a 16.375, the highest score of the day and, in the end, the entire World Championships.; born October 30, 1989) is a Russian American former artistic gymnast. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. She is the only child of two former Soviet champion gymnasts: 1988 Summer Olympics gold medalist Valeri Liukin and 1987 world clubs champion in rhythmic gymnastics Anna Kotchneva.She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 20 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. With nine World Championships medals, seven of them individual, Liukin is tied with Shannon Miller for the third-highest tally of World Championship medals (among U. and settled first in New Orleans before moving to Texas.