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Liukin impresses on beam

Updated: July 25, 2009, 11:22 PM ET
Associated Press

Nastia Liukin has never been so happy to feel nervous.

The Olympic champion returned to competition for the first time since the Beijing Games on Saturday night, and it was as if she'd never been away. She posted the second-best score on balance beam, her only event, and her 14.5 was only .1 points behind teammate Ivana Hong.

"As soon as we marched out today, that's when it really hit me: I felt like the old Nastia again," she said. "Listening to the anthem, I got butterflies in my ...

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