I got to see Nastia Liukin win the gold tonight. On a technical level, she's great -- but her grace, that fragile Russian ballerina feel, brought me to an emotional edge.
Visa did a nice job of capturing her here. Footage of Liukin's floor routine are also available at NBC Olympics (nice photos here, actually).
Must feel good to bring a legacy home. Benj says he's less impressed with Olympians groomed by Olympian parents, but I don't much mind. Investing your kids with a skill you happen to know well is probably better than investing your kids with a dream you liked the look of on TV. (Inspired in part by Flashdance, my parents decided early on I should be a gymnast. They probably still wonder why I failed to produce that blue mat oomph.)