INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 15, 2011 – With the gymnasts who advanced this past weekend from the IGI Chicago Style Invitational in Chicago, 26 gymnasts have now qualified for the 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, scheduled for March 4 in Jacksonville, Fla. The final five competitions in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series are scheduled for this weekend.
The gymnasts who qualified this past weekend are:
- Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters
- Grace Williams of Linden, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA
- Tory Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M./Gold Cup Gymnastics
- Michaela Woodford of Newberry, Fla./Sun Country Gymnastics
Ten spots remain in the 36-gymnast field for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series features a total of 17 gymnastics invitationals held throughout the United States from Jan. 14 through Feb. 21. A minimum of two gymnasts from each invitational advance to the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, held in conjunction with the AT&T American Cup in Jacksonville, Fla.
The remaining Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series events are as follows:
- Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 18-20
- Presidential Classic, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb. 18-20
- Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 18-20
- WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 19-20
- Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational, Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 19-21
The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is held the evening prior to the prestigious AT&T American Cup, using the event’s podium. This year’s Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will be televised live on Universal Sports. For more information on qualifiers, results and photos from each invitational, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.
General admission tickets for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup are $25 except for AT&T American Cup ticket holders, who may purchase them for $5 through participating gymnastics clubs. Regular-priced tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office. For more information on tickets or to see the list of participating gym clubs, click here. Visa is the preferred method of payment. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, which is part of the National Gymnastics Foundation.
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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 medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. 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 considering making a comeback for the 2012 London Olympics and would be coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988 including two gold.
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AT&T American Cup: The 2011 AT&T American Cup, an all-around FIG World Cup event, is one of the most prestigious international invitationals. The list of former champions comprises some of the sport’s best-known names, including Nastia Liukin, Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Shawn Johnson, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar. For more information, go to ATTAmericanCup.com.