INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – 2005 world uneven bars and balance beam champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, is one of the nominees for the World Top 10 Athletes Award, supported by the Chinese Olympic Committee and the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games for 2008 (BOCOG), authorized by the China General Administration of Sports and organized by the China Sports Publications Corp. The award ceremony is April 9, 2006, at the People’s Great hall in Beijing, China.

Most recently, Liukin won the all-around title at the 2006 Tyson American Cup. In 2005, she won the uneven bars and balance beam titles at the World Championships, were she also claimed silver medals in the all-around and floor exercise. She is the reigning U.S. all-around, uneven bars and balance beam champion, which she won at the 2005 Visa Championships. Liukin is coached by her father, Valeri, at WOGA in Plano, Texas.
The award is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has been billed as the Sports Oscar of China. The nominees for the World top 10 Athletes were nominated by a panel of sports experts and voted on by Chinese people around the world. The award ceremony/gala will be broadcast live by Chinese national broadcaster CCTV.