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Liukin excited, nervous to compete

Updated: July 25, 2009, 8:15 AM ET
Associated Press

Nastia Liukin is excited about competing for the first time since the Beijing Olympics.

A little nervous, too.

The Olympic champion will do one event, the balance beam, on Saturday night at the CoverGirl Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. The national championships are in her hometown of Dallas in just three weeks, and she wanted to do one meet beforehand to get back in the routine of competition.

"It's mostly for my mind," she said Friday night after her training session. "Just be ...

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