INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 25, 2013 - There are eight spots up for grabs this weekend as the 2013 Nastia Liukin Cup Series continues at the Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla.; the Wisconsin Dells Gymnastics Vacation Classic in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; the Parkettes Invitational in Allentown, Pa.; and the San Diego Classic in San Diego, Calif. The invitational meets in the Series will determine the gymnasts who will compete in the 2013 Nastia Liukin Cup at the DCU Center on March 1 in Worcester, Mass., the night before the 2013 American Cup, one of the world's most prestigious international invitationals and an International Gymnastics Federation's World Cup event.
The Nastia Liukin Cup Series features 19 of the top gymnastics invitational meets held throughout the United States from mid-January through February 2013. A designated number of gymnasts from each invitational will advance to the Nastia Liukin Cup.
The invitational meets included in the 2013 Nastia Liukin Cup Series are listed below.
- Circle of Stars Gymnastics Invitational, Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 11-13
- The Atlanta Crown Invitational, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 11-13
- Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 18-20
- CGA Coaches Spectacular, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 18-20
- Kim Zmeskal's Texas Prime Meet, Irving, Texas, Jan. 18-20
- Lady Luck Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 18-20
- Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational, Kissimmee, Fla., Jan. 25-27
- Wisconsin Dells Gymnastics Vacation Classic, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Jan. 25-27
- Parkettes Invitational, Allentown, Pa., Jan. 25-27
- San Diego Classic, San Diego, Calif., Jan. 25-27
- Fiesta Bowl Invitational, Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 8-10
- Charity Choice Invitational, Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 8-10
- IGI Chicago Style, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 8-10
- Gliders Invitational, Ontario, Calif., Feb. 8-9
- The Magical Classic, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 15-16
- Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 15-17
- Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb. 15-17
- WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 15-17
- Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational, Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 15-17
Gymnasts who compete in the Nastia Liukin Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the American Cup and recognition during the event; and the opportunity to meet Liukin and participate in a team photo.
A portion of the proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Cup benefits the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund in partnership with the National Gymnastics Foundation (www.usagym.org/foundation).
Nastia Liukin. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Liukin's total of five medals tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games, held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin's Olympic medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin was the third of four U.S. women to win the Olympic all-around crown. She also won nine World medals in her career. Liukin has graced many magazine covers and appeared on various shows, including "Gossip Girl," "Make It or Break it," and the feature film, "Stick It." She was also chosen as one of 2009's most influential women by MSN Lifestyle. Liukin is now attending college in New York City. Last fall, she was a member of the creative team and a cast member for the Kellogg’s Tour of Olympic Champions, a national, 40-city tour that followed the 2012 Olympic Games. Liukin was coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988 including two gold.
American Cup. The 2013 American Cup, an FIG World Cup event, is one of the most prestigious international invitational events and features an all-around format. The list of former champions comprises some of the sport's best-known names, including Jordyn Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Jonathan Horton, Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Shawn Johnson, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar.