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Nastia Liukin Biography

Birthdate: October 30, 1989
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

This 18-year-old gymnastics star became a household name these past few weeks after capturing gold at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing! We have the 411 on Nastia!

Growing Up

Nastia Liukin was born with gymnastic genes in her blood. Her father was a gold medal gymast at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and her mom was a World Champion rhythmic gymnast. Although she was born in Moscow, she moved to Texas when she was just 3-years-old. Her parents opened the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, TX, so Nastia was around the sport before she could walk. By the time she was 12, she was a member of the U.S. junior national team. She is a two-time junior all-around U.S. National Champion as well as a two-time senior U.S. National all-around champion.

2008 Olympics

After an ankle injury idelined Nastia for much of the 2007 season, she came back strong in 2008 She won the all around competition at the American Cup. At the U.S. Olympic trials, Nastia was second only to rival and friend Shawn Johnson in the all around, but managed to take first place in the uneven bars. In Beijing, Nastia shocked the world by taking home gold in the all around competion. She also took home three siver medals and one bronze medal. Nastia has tied Shannon Miller's U.S. record of nine medals in World Championship competition.

Special Talent

Nastia is famous for her ballet-like grace when she does her routines. She has incredible all-around skills and has the ability to perform difficult tricks. On the uneven bars (her best event), Nastia can perform an Ono-half with ease. She also can do a good front aerial to Arabesque on the beam as wel as a double-front on the floor.

Fun Facts

  • Nastia Liukin is 5'3" tall and 100 pounds.
  • Nastia Liukin's nickname is "Nast".
  • Nastia Liukin's favorite TV show is Gossip Girls.
  • Nastia Liukin's favorite movie is Kung Fu Panda.
  • Nastia Liukin's favorite food is sushi.
  • Nastia Liukin is sponsored by adidas, AT&T, Cover Girl, Secret and Visa.
  • Nastia Liukin resides in Parker, TX.
  • Nastia Liukin's hobbies include shopping, reading and swimming.
  • Nastia Liukin attends Southern Methodist University in Texas.
  • Nastia Liukin is fluent in English and Russian.

Nastia Says...

"I would love to be out there like Mary Lou. You ask any person in the U.S. and they know who Mary Lou Retton is. And I hope that in four, five and six years from now, people will still know that I became the Olympic champion in Beijing - the biggest Olympic games yet. At the same time I would love to stay in gymnastics too, so I hope to do both of them if that's possible. Gymnastics has set me up for this and I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for gymnastics so I'd like to stay involved in gymnastics even if I am not competing. I also want to get out there in the world and do some acting and fashion and modeling."
 

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It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
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use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
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Enki
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Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
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