Coming up this evening, Piers Morgan hosts an hour on the "Pride of America", coverage of various U.S. athletes as they look towards representing the nation in the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Tonight, Piers sits down with gymnast Nastia Liukin, the reigning women's Olympic individual all-around Champion.
Despite spectacular success in the 2008 games in Beijing, Liukin had considered skipping the trip to the UK, before recently reconsidering:
"At the end of the August 2012, you know, looking back, I didn’t want to have any regrets. And I didn’t want to think, 'What if?'" confesses the five-time Olympic medalist. "I think those two words just scared me to death. I didn’t want to think, "What if I would have tried?" What if I would have given it my all for these last few months and, you know, could I have made another Olympic team? Could I have won another gold medal?"
Four years since upsetting her teammate and fried Shawn Johnson for the all-around gold medal, Liukin credits her upbringing, in particular her father and coach Valeri Liukin, for her competitive spirit:
"That’s the way that I’ve been raised. My dad is such a perfectionist and it’s the same way that I’ve kind of lived my life inside and outside of gymnastics, even in school," she reveals. "So I really believe in this and I believe that I can do this. And the odds may not be in my favor but I definitely want to prove to everyone that you still can compete when you’re 22 years old."
Tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as Liukin further details the dedication it takes to be an Olympic champion, and explains why she doesn't take even a single night off from training to spend time with her friends.
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