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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 18, 2013 – The field is now complete for the 2013 Nastia Liukin Cup, scheduled for March 1 at 7 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. This past weekend, the last five invitational competitions in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series were held and qualified the remaining eight gymnasts to the Nastia Liukin Cup.
The gymnasts who advanced to the Nastia Liukin Cup are:
- Magical Classic in Orlando, Fla. – Bailey Ferrer of Winston Salem, N.C./Orlando Metro Gymnastics
- Buckeye Classic in Columbus, Ohio – Jenna Swartzentruber of Centerburg, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics
- Presidential Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Lindsey Lemke of Holt, Mich./R-Athletics, and Kendal Moss of Cornelius, N.C./Everest Gymnastics.
- Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz. – Lauren Ramirez of Chandler, Ariz./Gold Medal Gymnastics.
- WOGA Classic in Frisco, Texas, - Brianna Brown of West Chester, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, Amanda Wellick of Wheaton, Ill./Legacy Elite, and Kyana George of McKinney, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics. The event is hosted by Liukin’s home club.
The invitational meets in the Series determined the gymnasts who will compete in the 2013 Nastia Liukin Cup, held 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 2013 Nastia Liukin Cup Series featured 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 have advanced 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. For more information, go to www.usagym.org/americancup.