She continued through the rest of the competition and, despite the incomplete bars set, finished 15th, which landed her one of the final spots on the U. Her bars routine in team finals scored a 15.7 and helped the U. Liukin's ankle injury required surgery, and the recovery period kept her out of both national and international competition for much of the year.
Her uneven bars score of 16.900 was the highest mark awarded in the entire Olympic competition.
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.
Following Nationals, Liukin was named to the American team for the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, where she competed all-around in the team qualifying round and on bars and beam in the finals.
Liukin's score for her bars routine in team finals was a 16.375, the highest score of the day and, in the end, the entire World Championships.