Nastia Liukin
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STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 1, 2007—USA Gymnastics today announced the six women who will compete in the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Sept. 1-9, in Stuttgart, Germany.


The six women are: Ivana Hong of Blue Springs, Mo./GAGE; Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics; Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas/WOGA; Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis, Ind./DeVeau’s Gymnastics; Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s; and Shayla Worley of Orlando, Fla./Orlando Metro. Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind./Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy, is the reserve athlete.


The 2007 World Championships is the qualifying event for the 2008 Olympic Games.  The top 12 teams advance to compete in Beijing.


Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics. For more information, log on to