2014 Nastia Liukin Cup continues to take shape
posted on 01/30/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2014 – Five more gymnasts qualified for the 36-athlete field for the 2014 Nastia Liukin Cup, scheduled for Feb. 28 in Greensboro, N.C. The Nastia Liukin Cup will be held the night before AT&T American Cup at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

The qualifiers from this past weekend, along with the invitational where they qualified, are listed below.

  • Kaitlin DeGuzman of Rowlett, Texas/Metroplex, junior; Nikole Addison of Ft. Myers, Fla./Coast Elite, and Kyana George of McKinney, Texas/Metroplex, senior; Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational, Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Rachael Lukacs of Hillsborough, N.J./North Stars, junior; and Michaela Nelson of Montgomery Village, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, senior; Parkettes Invitational, Allentown, Pa.
At the Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational, DeGuzman qualified by winning the junior division with a 38.000 in the all-around. An inaugural Nastia Liukin Cup competitor in 2010, Addison took top honors in the senior session, posting a 38.575, while George, who competed in last year's Nastia Liukin Cup, finished in second with a 38.550. Lukacs earned a 38.525 at the Parkettes Invitational to earn a junior division berth to the Nastia Liukin Cup. Nelson posted a 38.000 to qualify to the senior competition.

A total of 18 junior and 18 senior gymnasts will advance to the Nastia Liukin Cup. Senior athletes must be 16 years of age or older, and junior athletes must be 15 or younger. The invitational meets remaining in the 2014 Nastia Liukin Cup Series are listed below, and the numbers in parentheses indicate how many qualifiers are determined at each invitational.

  • Wisconsin Dells Gymnastics Vacation Classic, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 (1 JR)
  • Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational, Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 (1 SR)
  • Circle of Stars Gymnastics Invitational, Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 (1 JR, 1 SR)
  • Fiesta Bowl Invitational, Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 7-9 (1 JR, 1 SR)
  • Gliders Invitational, Ontario, Calif., Feb. 7-9 (1 SR)
  • IGI Chicago Style, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 7-9 (1 JR, 2 SR)
  • Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 7-9 (1 JR, 1 SR)
  • WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 7-9 (2 JR, 1 SR)
  • Charity Choice Invitational, Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 7-10 (1 JR)
  • Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 14-16 (1 JR)
  • The Magical Classic, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 14-16 (1 JR, 1 SR)
  • Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb. 14-17 (1 JR, 1 SR)
  • Metroplex Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 15-16 (1 JR, 1 SR)
  • Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, Greensboro, N.C., Feb. 26 (1 SR)

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 AT&T 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).

Background information

  • 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 New York University in New York City, studying sports management. 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.

  • AT&T American Cup. The 2014 AT&T American Cup 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.attamericancup.com.


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