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Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Anastasia Valeryevna “Nastia” Liukin (born October 30, 1989) is a Russian American former artistic gymnast.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

She is also a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

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.S. gymnasts).

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Liukin also tied Miller’s record as the American gymnast having won the most medals in a single non-boycotted Olympic Games.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Liukin was a key member of the U.S. senior team. She represented the United States at three World Championships and one Olympic Games.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

In October 2011, Liukin announced that she was returning to gymnastics with the hopes of making a second Olympic team.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Liukin did not make the 2012 Olympic team, after several falls at the Olympic Trials and other pre-Olympic events, and retired from the sport in 2012.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Liukin was known for her long, expressive lines and flexibility, but was infamously weak on vault, the most difficult vault she performed being a 1.5 twisting Yurchenko vault.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Liukin’s gymnastics career came to an end after the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Photos – The Nastia Liukin Story

Image Courtesy –  Nastia Liukin (Instagram)

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