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Liukin's first test comes at Secret U.S. Classic

Updated: May 25, 2012, 6:13 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson

CHICAGO -- Nastia Liukin stepped to the balance beam practice podium Friday and instantly felt something strange.

"I was nervous and shaky," said the 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist, "very uncharacteristic things."

Having not competed since the 2009 Nationals, everything felt a bit unusual to Liukin as she prepared for Saturday's Secret U.S. Classic in Chicago, a qualifier and tuneup for the Visa Championships and U.S. Olympic trials over the next two ...

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