- Complete Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Information
Fourteen gymnasts have now qualified for the the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. During the third weekend of competition in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, six more gymnasts were added to the field: Sammie Musto of Franklinville, N.J./Atlantic Coast, Jazmyn Estrella of Allentown, Pa./ Parkettes National Gymnastics, and Hill’s Gymnastics’ Sarah Lokos of Damascus, Md., and Alexis Carroll of Gaithersburg, Md., who qualified at the Parkettes Invitational in Allentown, Pa.; and Palmer’s Gymnastics Kylie Fischer of Addison, Ill., and Maggie Lundeen of St Charles, Ill., who advanced from the Wisconsin Dells Gymnastics Vacation Classic in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
The rest of the 36 member Supergirl Cup field will be selected from the nine remaining invitationals that comprise the 15-event Nastia Liukin Cup Series. The inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is scheduled for March 5, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Series are joint ventures between USA Gymnastics and the 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, that provide a competitive opportunity for the country’s rising female gymnasts.
Each invitational will select a minimum of two athletes to compete in the Cup from their respective Level 10/open fields. The inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will be held the evening prior to the prestigious Tyson American Cup. The upcoming Nastia Liukin Cup Series meets are listed chronologically below.
- The Fiesta Bowl Classic, Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 5-7
- IGI Chicago Style Meet, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 12-14
- WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 13-14
- Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 19-21
- Circle of Stars, Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 19-21
- Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 19-21
- Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 19-21
- Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb 19-21
- The Long Beach Open, Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 26-28.
Gymnasts who compete in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Tyson American Cup and recognition during the event for the Cup’s medalists; and the opportunity to meet Nastia Liukin and participate in a team photo. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will go into the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.
The 2008 Olympic all-around champion, Liukin won five medals at the Beijing Olympic Games to tie the U.S. gymnastics record for the most medals won at a single Olympic Games set by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and matched by Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. In her career, Liukin has earned nine world medals; was named the USOC’s Co-Sportswoman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Individual Sportswoman of the Year and the United States Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Year in 2008; and is a two-time U.S. all-around and Tyson American Cup champion. Liukin, who trains at WOGA, was named one of MSN Lifestyle’s 11 most influential women in America for 2009.