By Dana Dean
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The best female gymnasts in the country are on their way to the airport after competing in the Visa Championships over the weekend. They spoke to the media one last time before departing Monday morning to provide insight on their day-to-day existence between now and the U.S. Olympic Trials.
The young ladies will spend most of their time in the gym. The gymnasts moving on to the U.S. Olympic Trials will likely spend 7 hours a day, every day, for the next 3 weeks training.
Local media outlets were invited to talk with the gymnasts at a breakfast before they left St. Louis. One of them won't travel too far though: Sarah Finnegan from Town and Country.
NewsChannel 5 spoke with Finnegan about being the hometown girl and sudden local celebrity. She said she's not used to all of the interviews and said it is fun to catch herself on TV.
We also caught up with returning Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, who told us she lived a normal life after Beijing. She had a lot of opportunities that she was happy to take part in, like modeling, and doesn't have regrets.
Both gymnasts say life will be spent in the gym before Olympic Trials at the end of June.
And how does 15-year-old Finnegan feel about being called a 'little inexperienced' by the commentator during the Visa Championships on Sunday?
Finnegan said, "I agree, I'm not very experienced. But I just have to learn from the mistakes I did and I'm glad I did it at championships and not at trials."
Nastia Liukin said, "I definitely think that taking a few years off of competing competitively gave me the opportunity to have a lot of fun and great experiences and meet so many amazing people."
Nastia Liukin says even if she doesn't make the team, she has a bright future and hopes to move to New York in January to attend NYU and major in sports management.