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; born October 30, 1989) is a Russian American former artistic gymnast. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. She is the only child of two former Soviet champion gymnasts: 1988 Summer Olympics gold medalist Valeri Liukin and 1987 world clubs champion in rhythmic gymnastics Anna Kotchneva.She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 20 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. With nine World Championships medals, seven of them individual, Liukin is tied with Shannon Miller for the third-highest tally of World Championship medals (among U. and settled first in New Orleans before moving to Texas.People Magazine claimed that Liukin was in a relationship with American figure skater Evan Lysacek in a February 2010 article, On June 1, 2015, Nastia Liukin became engaged to her boyfriend, Matt Lombardi, a former Boston College hockey player. National Championships were competitive with those being posted by the seniors, and Marta Karolyi, the U. national team coordinator, has said that if Liukin had been eligible, she would have been named to the Olympic team.She announced the engagement on Instagram, with a photo of her ring and her fiance in the background, with the caption "So this just happened..." In March 2017 she said she was "completely shocked" when she heard about the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal saying the following about Larry Nassar: "Every encounter that I had with him was professional. team at the 2003 Pan Am Games; she took second place in the all-around behind fellow American Chellsie Memmel. In 2005, Liukin won her first senior National Championships and, once again, earned gold medals on the bars and beam. Classic as the defending all-around champion, but falls on the uneven bars and floor resulted in a fourth-place finish.The team recovered from this and other mistakes to finish first overall with 184.400, nearly a point ahead of the silver-medal Chinese.Liukin's struggles with the balance beam continued in the all-around final, where she fell from the apparatus during her flight series.She posted the highest score of the meet, a 16.600 on the uneven bars.In March, Nastia competed at the Pacific Rim (formerly Pacific Alliance) Championships in San Jose, where she led the American team to a gold medal and won the all-around and balance beam titles. National Championships in Boston, Liukin fell on the floor on her double front tuck the first day of competition, but had a strong meet on her other events and placed second in the all-around behind Shawn Johnson. Olympic Trials in Philadelphia, finishing second behind Johnson and earning a berth on the American team for Beijing.
In 1994, Valeri Liukin teamed up with another former Soviet champion athlete, Yevgeny Marchenko, to open the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, Texas.
Liukin competed in her first National Championships as a junior in 2002, at the age of 12 and a half. By 2003, Liukin was one of the strongest junior gymnasts in the United States. At the 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships, Liukin tied with teammate Memmel for first in the all-around, won the uneven bars title and a silver medal on beam, and contributed to the U. It's about the journey." In late August, at the 2006 U. National Championships, Liukin successfully defended her all-around, beam and bars titles, becoming a two-time senior national champion. However, because of an ankle injury sustained in training before the competition began, she was only able to compete on one event, the uneven bars.
In contrast to her WOGA teammates Carly Patterson and Hollie Vise, who finished first and second, respectively, Liukin suffered a fall on the uneven bars that rendered her unable to finish the routine. In spite of her injury, in the qualification round, Liukin's bars set earned a 16.2, the highest score of any competitor on any apparatus in the meet. Liukin also qualified for the event finals on bars, where she took a small step on her dismount and finished with a 16.05, earning a silver medal behind Britain's Beth Tweddle.
Liukin was born on October 30, 1989, in Moscow, Russia SFSR, Soviet Union.
In October 2011, Liukin announced that she was returning to gymnastics with the hopes of making a second Olympic team.