Nastia’s next move: London 2009

Olympic champion Nastia Liukin is being realistic about the possibility of her being on the elite scene in 2012.

In an interview earlier this week, however, Liukin said she will resume training in January with an eye to competing at the 2009 World Championships in London.

Liukin, who was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation, is tied with Shannon Miller for number of world medals won. Each has nine.

Liukin, who turns 19 this month, will resume training in January with a view towards competing in front of her home fans in Dallas in August and at the world championships in London in October.

“That’s what my next big goal is,” said Liukin.

“2012 is four years away, so it’s hard to say as far as what I’m doing,” she said about the possibility of defending her Olympic title in London.

The last woman to win back-to-back Olympic titles was Vera Caslavska of Czechoslovakia. In 1968.

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