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Nastia Liukin Cup to Launch in 2010
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2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin (U.S.) is lending her golden name to a series of competitions for junior gymnasts.

2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin (U.S.) is lending her golden name to a series of competitions for junior gymnasts.

The inaugural Nastia Liukin Cup is scheduled for March 5 in Worcester, Mass., on the same podium that will host the 2010 American Cup the following day.

Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Cup will go to the National Gymnastics Fund to aid gymnasts with financial difficulties.

"I love gymnastics, and it has given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams and goals," Liukin said. "Gymnastics has given me so much, and now I want to give back to the community that has supported me for my entire career."

Liukin has won nine world championships medals since 2005 and won five medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Despite a whirlwind year of award shows, television appearances and modeling, Liukin is still training toward the 2009 World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games. She plans to compete uneven bars and balance beam at the Visa (U.S.) Championships this week in Dallas, near her hometown of Parker, Texas.

Gymnasts will qualify for the Nastia Liukin Cup by competing at a designated meet in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. Twelve competitions already have committed to joining the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, including her own club's annual competition for women, the WOGA Classic. WOGA also hosts an annual tournament for men, the Liukin Invitational, named after Liukin's father and coach, world and Olympic champion Valeri Liukin.

"I am excited about the development of the Cup, which will give athletes an elite competitive opportunity, and the creation of the Nastia Liukin Fund that will enable me to help others through scholarships or charitable support," the 19-year-old Liukin said.

Check back with International Gymnast Magazine Online this week for coverage from Dallas.

External Link: NastiaLiukin.com

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Suzie Buzzy said:

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Interesting
The transition from a human to a commodity is so odd. It's like this weird hyper-marketing of this idea of what Nastia Liukin represents. Soon a lucky winner will wear her Nastia leotard and Nastia slippers to her Nastia meet and perform on the Nastia beam. Maybe a grand prize winner will get to eat lunch with Nastia and soak up even more Nastia-ness.
 
August 12, 2009
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Silvia said:

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I PRAY every gymnast in the U.S. aspires to be exactly like the beautiful, artistic, graceful, elegant Nastia Liukin. I won't list the others who young gymnasts shouldn't aspire to be like, but just think of U.S. gymnasts with ugly form, nasty feet and hands, no artistry and no persoanlity and you know who I'm talking about...

All hail Nastia!
 
August 12, 2009
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Martine said:

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I support what Silvia said (who doesn't love Nastia?) but kind of agree with Suzie also. It seems strange that a gymnast who is still competing would have a competition named after them. I'm glad it's for a good cause, but why doesn't USAG recognize earlier gymnasts who achieved great things too. Why is there nothing named after Kurt Thomas and Marcia Frederick, the first American world champions?
 
August 12, 2009
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SW said:

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Honestly? I am so tired of hearing about how Nastia is "still training" and "choosing gym over other celebrity appearances" blah, blah, blah. Seriously, why is she so glorified just because she is continuing to compete? It drives me crazy how she continues to say, "Oh, I just want to show my appreciation and love for gymnastics- the sport that has made me who I am and given me all of these opportunities." She might as well just say that she thinks she is making better choices compared to others like Shawn Johnson or Carly Patterson. Just because other gymnasts choose to pursue other endeavors doesn't mean they are disloyal to gymnastics or that gymnasts who stay in the sport are more devoted.To be honest, Nastia looked awful at the American Classic; she looked awkward and unprepared. And, the truth is, she wants the American medal-count record. Like that's an admirable reason to stay in the sport.
 
August 12, 2009
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JW said:

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The only reason Nastia is still out there competing is because she wants to break Shannon Miller's record for World and Olympic medals. Sorry but I don't hail someone who is in it to have their name in a record book....whoop de dooooo....
 
August 13, 2009
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alexandrite said:

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maybe the medal count is a motivating factor for nastia, but so what. if she's able to stay with the sport for so long, good for her. plus, what works for shawn and carly isn't what works for nastia, and i'm sure nastia knows that. each person is making the best decision for herself, and that will be different for each person.

about the american classic, i agree that she didn't look her best, but that was the whole point wasn't it? she just wanted to get out there. she didn't even do her full difficulty, it was more of an exhibition performance than anything else. she just wanted to get out there at least just once before nationals, and i think that's a wise strategy. look at the difference in her performance level from 2007 nationals and 2007 worlds, with even less time between the two, with an injury. i obviously can't say for sure, but i have no doubt that she'll be much better tonight and saturday, and at worlds if she's on the team.

lay off and don't be so hard on her, she's doing a great job with everything.
 
August 13, 2009
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Fan said:

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Ridiculous
USA-gymnastics having their name attached to any gymnast in this manor is a conflict of interest and I agree with those sick of the special treatment Nastia gets.

I don't love Nastia and I am not even close to being a Johnson fan. Nastia is overrated and the way she gets her bad form ignored is bad for the sport
 
August 13, 2009
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gymnast4life said:

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i am a gymnast and im almost at the olympics its like were so close but yet so far!
 
August 15, 2009
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Gel said:

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What?? Nastia Liukin Cup? Wow, she must be a legendary gymnast to name the cup after her (at least for USAG). The USAG is really promoting the Liukin business (WOGA). Well, gymnast facing Liukin in competition must be really tough. SJ should come back to gym to face Liukin and (USAG?).
 
August 18, 2009
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Gyembelle said:

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Nastia
I have to say that Carly had to leave gymnastics because of a bad back injury and Shawn Johnson left for her own reasons although she is supposedly back in training. Nastia is doing what is best for her, just as you can't compare Shawn and Carly to Nastia you also can't do it the other way. Plus the fact that she is still considering competing at her age when she was already considered on the old side for gymnastics is commendable. And what athlete in the world does not compete somewhat for the glory. Yes there are other reasons such as love for the sport, but on the human nature winning is a motivator, that is what helps make up a champion they have to have that competitive drive. And besides no one can really say what her motivation is because no one but Nastia really knows that. And I think it was commendable for her to compete when she was not in full form. Imagine having all eyes on you looking for you to be perfect and having to admit that you are not perfect. Nastia Liukin is a tribute to the grace and artistry of old style gymnastics while also exhibiting the strength and difficulty of the new age of gymnastics. Although USAG should have waited until she has officially retired, it is nice to see her tributed.
 
March 08, 2010
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