By Sally Garcia, EnStarz | Jul 02, 2012 10:04 PM EDT
Former Olympic star Nastia Liukin did not qualify for the Olympic team after a shocking face-first fall on the mat at the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials over the weekend.
The 22-year-old gymnast from Texas who won five medals in Beijing 2008 including the all-around gold medal, fell at the uneven bars. She remained still for few seconds and later stood up looking visibly disappointed and angry but she completed her routine.
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“Getting up after a fall is never easy,” she said. “It's always very tough. It shows your true character if you are able to get up and that's something I've been taught since I was 8 years old.”
Liukin was unhurt in the fall. She will attend the London Olympic Games as an athlete representative for the Federation of International Gymnasts. She ranked No. 10 in the trials and earned a score of 13,950 for the routine that gave her the silver medal in Beijing.
In 2011, Liukin announced her comeback as she attempted to become the first Olympic champion to return to the next games since Nadia Comaneci in 1980.
"Thank you to the 18,000 people that gave me a standing ovation tonight. I will remember this moment for the rest of my life," she said on her Twitter.
Gabby Douglas ranked No. 1 on the U.S. women's gymnastics team totaling a score of 123.450 after the two-day trials. She bested favorite Jordyn Wieber who ended in second with a score of 123.350.
Watch Liukin's Routine Below:
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