She continued through the rest of the competition and, despite the incomplete bars set, finished 15th, which landed her one of the final spots on the U. Her bars routine in team finals scored a 15.7 and helped the U. Liukin's ankle injury required surgery, and the recovery period kept her out of both national and international competition for much of the year.
In July 2007, although she was still recovering from her injury, she returned to competition as a member of the American team for the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro.
She posted the highest score of the meet, a 16.600 on the uneven bars.
In March, Nastia competed at the Pacific Rim (formerly Pacific Alliance) Championships in San Jose, where she led the American team to a gold medal and won the all-around and balance beam titles. National Championships in Boston, Liukin fell on the floor on her double front tuck the first day of competition, but had a strong meet on her other events and placed second in the all-around behind Shawn Johnson. Olympic Trials in Philadelphia, finishing second behind Johnson and earning a berth on the American team for Beijing.
In spite of a 16.100 on bars, the highest score of the day from any competitor on any event, she finished the competition in fifth place.
In the event finals, however, Liukin rallied and regained her world champion title on the balance beam with a score of 16.025.
She represented the United States at three World Championships and one Olympic Games.
In 1994, Valeri Liukin teamed up with another former Soviet champion athlete, Yevgeny Marchenko, to open the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, Texas.
Shawn Johnson took the silver medal with a score of 62.725.
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.
On June 1, 2015, Liukin became engaged to Matt Lombardi, a former Boston College hockey player. National Championships were competitive with those being posted by the seniors, and Marta Karolyi, the U. national team coordinator, has said that if Liukin had been eligible, she would have been named to the Olympic team.
She announced the engagement on Instagram, with a photo of her ring and her fiance in the background, with the caption "So this just happened..." In March 2017, she said she was "completely shocked" when she heard about the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal saying the following about Larry Nassar: "Every encounter that I had with him was professional. team at the 2003 Pan Am Games; she took second place in the all-around behind fellow American Chellsie Memmel. In 2005, Liukin won her first senior National Championships and, once again, earned gold medals on the bars and beam. Classic as the defending all-around champion, but falls on the uneven bars and floor resulted in a fourth-place finish.