INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 22, 2013 – With just one week to go until the fourth, annual Nastia Liukin Cup kicks off in Worcester, Mass., 10 lucky fans in the Boston-area have a chance to win four free event tickets. To enter for a chance to win, simply tweet your favorite Nastia Liukin memory, photo or video using the hashtag #NastiaCup. USA Gymnastics will randomly select 10 fans and notify them on Monday, Feb. 25, via direct message.
The randomly selected fans will only win tickets to the Nastia Liukin Cup, travel and other expenses are not covered.
The Nastia Liukin Cup has become one of the first steps on the way to international, national and collegiate gymnastics success in the United States. More than 75 percent of the competitors at the 2010 and 2011 Nastia Liukin Cups have gone on to either a college scholarship or a U.S. national team berth.
Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow's Gymnastics and Dance, finished fourth at the 2010 Nastia Liukin Cup. Two years later, Douglas followed in Liukin's footsteps, winning the all-around gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She joins Liukin (2008), Carly Patterson (2004) and Mary Lou Retton (1984) as the only U.S. women to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics. Douglas also helped the USA to only its second-ever Olympic team gold medal.
Five Nastia Liukin Cup participants, including Douglas, have gone on to earn a place on the U.S. national team. Lexie Priessman of Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, who won the inaugural Nastia Liukin Cup in 2010, is the reigning U.S. junior all-around champion. Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati, Ohio; and Polina Shchennikova of Arvada, Colo., are also current members of the U.S. junior women's national team.
Three Nastia Liukin Cup alumni – Kimberly Jacob (tied for 11th in 2010), Diandra Milliner (third in 2010), and Kayla Williams (fourth in 2011) – were members of the University of Alabama women's gymnastics team that won the 2012 NCAA team title. Twenty-nine of the 36 who competed in 2010 and 27 of 36 gymnasts from the 2011 Nastia Liukin Cup are either currently members of NCAA teams or have committed to compete for a college.
The 2013 Nastia Liukin Cup is slated for March 1 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. For more information, go to www.nastialiukincup.com.