"When you go to the Olympic Games and win, no one understands what you are going through afterward except someone else who has done it," Liukin said. "I'm very excited for Evan, and it's great to have his support and to have someone who knows exactly what I am going through."
When Liukin, the 2008 Olympic gymnastics all-around champion, showed up in
Liukin, who said she last spoke with Lysacek "about three days ago," declined to define the nature of their relationship Monday at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit. "It's my personal life," she said.
Lysacek, 26, has not competed since the 2010 Olympics. His comeback plan for last season ran afoul of a contractual dispute with U.S. Figure Skating, but he has been training intensively for more than a year with a shot at the 2014 Olympics in mind.
"He trains like a maniac all the time," Liukin said.
Liukin, 22, seeking a spot at the
Since Beijing, Liukin has become prominent in one of Subway’s televised commercial campaigns, was a guest star on the short-lived TV show “Hellcats” and did a cameo on
Going from that dazzle back to the gym and rink can be a shock to the system.
"Evan has been telling me to keep calm, which I am not very good at," Liukin said. "I'm always thinking about the future or next month instead of taking things one day at a time.
"So much of coming back is about having faith in yourself. You can't get wrapped up in the moment."