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.
She returned to campus in spring 2009, but her travel schedule and professional commitments caused her to withdraw before the end of the semester.
She stated that she hoped to continue her studies at New York University in the future.
She graduated from Spring Creek Academy, located in Plano, Texas, in the spring of 2007.
She enrolled as a freshman international business major at Southern Methodist University in January 2008, and took a leave from classes to concentrate on preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games.
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.
Liukin performed second on balance beam, matching her qualifying score of 15.975.
Shawn Johnson took the silver medal with a score of 62.725.
However, at the end of her beam routine, her foot slipped while she was setting up her dismount, prompting her to change her usual skill, a two and a half twisting salto, to a simple back tuck.
While she lost credit for her dismount, she also avoided a deduction for a fall, and earned a 15.175.