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Nastia Liukin is a gymnast competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Moscow-born Nastia Liukin won the gold medal in the all-around at Beijing exactly 20 years after her coach and father won double Olympic gold in the 1988 Seoul Games.

In October 2011 at the World Championships in Tokyo, Nastia Liukin confirmed suspicions that she was back in the gym and training for the 2012 London Olympics. Despite a valiant effort to get a full uneven bars routine ready by the U.S. Olympic Trials, her comeback bid fell short and Liukin will be at the London Olympics as a delegate of the International Gymnastics Federation.

Liukin left Beijing with five medals, tying a U.S. record held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992). Her Olympic medal haul bests that of her father, Valeri, who "only" has four.

Since winning the Olympic gold medal, Liukin has designed her own clothing line (SuperGirl by Nastia), appeared on several television shows, and contributed to TV coverage of gymnastics on NBC and Universal Sports.

Liukin captured the Olympic gold medal in the all-around competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics defeating teammate Shawn Johnson who finished in second. She added this medal to the family's trophy case exactly twenty years after her father captured two golds at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She also has a silver medal with the U.S. team and a bronze medal on floor exercise. In a convoluted tie-breaking procedure, Liukin finished second on uneven bars to China's He Kexin. On beam, she finished second to Johnson.

With one of the most difficult uneven bars routines in the world, Liukin took the 2008 American Cup title over Shawn Johnson in March. In April, she won the Pacific Rim Championships. A stumble on floor at Nationals left her in second to Shawn Johnson, but Liukin's Day 2 all-around total proved that when both Liukin and Johnson hit, it's anyone's game. Liukin once again finished second to Johnson at the Olympic Trials, but it was enough to secure a berth on the 2008 Olympic Team.

Liukin was born in Moscow of the former Soviet Union and goes by Nastia, the Russian diminutive of Anastasia. Liukin is fluent in Russian and English.

Nastia's parents are products of the Soviet gymnastics machine. Nastia's father, Valeri Liukin, was a double gold medalist (team, high bar) at the 1988 Seoul Games, and her mother, Anna Kochneva Liukin, was the 1987 rhythmic world champion with clubs. Citing their personal experiences (in wedding photos, Valeri is sporting a cast), Valeri and Anna were reluctant to let Nastia begin formal training. But since they could not afford a babysitter, Nastia tagged along to the gym. From the sidelines, Nastia began imitating the moves of gymnasts she watched and was soon outperforming them. Unable to ignore their four-year-old's natural talent, Valeri and Anna relented.

With nine medals from world championship competition, Liukin tied Shannon Miller - her teammate Alicia Sacramone has the record with 10. Liukin also owns more world medals than her parents do — combined.

Typically too nervous to watch her daughter compete, Anna Liukin leaves the competition arena after warm-ups. Such was not the case at the 2007 Worlds, where Anna stayed to watch Nastia during the beam final and cheered loudly enough for Nastia to hear. The support made a difference: after an up-and-down week, Nastia reclaimed her world title on beam.

While training for the 2006 Worlds, Liukin sprained her right ankle on the trampoline, which limited her to a bars-only role in Aarhus, Denmark (she won the silver medal). She had surgery in late 2006. Just prior to the 2007 Pan American Games, Liukin's ankle injury flared up again, leaving her with little preparation time for the 2007 Nationals, where a disastrous first day of competition had many wondering if she was trying to do too much, too soon — she had only been training floor and vault for about two weeks. Liukin proved her doubters wrong on the second night, storming back to claim third place.

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Age: 26 years old
Birthday: October 30, 1989
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs.
Nickname: Nast
Full Name / Real Name: Anastasia Valerievna Liukina
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Hometown: Parker, TX
Current Residence: Parker, TX

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