Two more gymnasts qualified for the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup over the weekend. The Fiesta Bowl Classic in Chandler, Ariz., one of 15 invitationals in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, selected Mykayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights and Kassandra Lopez of Tucson, Ariz./Gym World East. Eight qualifying competitions remain before the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, scheduled for March 5, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
Sixteen gymnasts have now qualified for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. The remaining gymnasts in the 36-member field will be announced in the coming weeks. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is a joint ventures between Warner Bros., USA Gymnastics and the 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Nastia Liukin Cup Series provide a competitive opportunity for the country’s rising female gymnasts.
Each invitational selects 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.
- 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. For more information, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.
About 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, currently held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin’s medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. Earlier in 2008, Liukin won the all-around title at both the Tyson American Cup and the Pacific Rim Championships presented by Gillette Venus. Liukin has nine world medals to her credit. For 2008, she 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. Liukin and her teammates on the 2007 U.S. Women’s World Championships Team were selected as the 2007 U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Year. She was also chosen as one of 2009’s most influential women by MSN Lifestyle. Liukin is still competing and is coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988, including two gold. She trains at WOGA.
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