Nastia Liukin

  • Birth Name: Anastasia Liukin
  • Birth Place: Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Profession: Gymnast
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Fast Facts

  • Comes from a family of gymnasts: mother, Anna, was a rhythm gymnastics world champion in 1987; father, Valeri, medaled four times, including two golds, in the 1988 Olympics for the Soviet Union national team.
  • Began competing at age 6.
  • Trained at the WOGA (World Olympic Gymnastics Academy), which was co-founded by her parents; other alumni include 2004 all-around Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson.
  • Two-time all-around national champion in 2005 and 2006.
  • Suffered an ankle injury in 2006 that required surgery.
  • Shares the record (with Shannon Miller) for the most world championship medals (nine) by a U.S. gymnast.
  • Won 5 medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, including a gold medal in the All-Around and a team silver.
  • Retired from competitive gymnastics in 2012 after failing to earn a berth for the 2012 Olympics, but still traveled to London with the team as the athlete representative for the Federation of International Gymnasts.

Relationships

  • Matt Lombardi — Fiancé
  • Valeri Liukin — Father
  • Anna Kotchneva Liukin — Mother

College

  • Attended Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United States; attends New York University, New York, New York, United States

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