Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 5/15/12

Subway spokeswoman Nastia Liukin is one of the more popular potential U.S. Olympic athletes prepping for London in 73 days. She’s one of the faces of the USA gymnastics franchise, and one of the most successful competitors in Beijing 2008. But despite all her medals, she may not make the Olympic team this summer.

She hasn’t competed since 2009, and hasn’t been training seriously up until 6 months. She’ll get back at it May 29th at the UIC Pavilion, and how she does in Chicago may determine her chances of making the London 2012 Olympics squad.

From the Chicago Tribune:

The 22-year-old will compete for the first time in three years at the U.S. Classic in Chicago in less than two weeks, but is battling to hose down expectations even as her anticipation grows.

“I’m trying not to have too many expectations because it has been quite a few years since I’ve competed, but my excitement is building,” Liukin told a throng of reporters at the U.S. Olympic Media Summit on Monday.

“Walking home and walking up my stairs and being so exhausted you can hardly walk, that’s the best feeling now. It’s a sense of accomplishment of the day.”

Two weeks after the Classic, Liukin heads to the national championships where she will have to produce good enough results to qualify for the Olympic trials at the end of June in San Jose, California.

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