Nastia Liukin
Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin of the best gymnasts in the world., Nastia, born in Moscow (Russia) and is the daughter of gymnasts, Valeri Liukin and Anna Kotchneva.
In 2002 participated in their first United States championships in junior category, where his training partners in WOGA Carly Patterson and Hollie Vise were first and second respectively. Nastia instead suffered a parallel decline in the 15th and ended asymmetrical

In 2003 was proclaimed the national champion in the junior competition, and also won gold medals in parallel asymmetrical, balance beam and floor. He also participated in the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, where he won the gold medal with Team USA and the team was 2. Nd in the individual competition behind her Chellsie Memmel.

Revalidated in 2004 the title of champion junior category in the U.S., and also earned the victory in the junior division of the Pacific Alliance Championships.

It was one of the potential members of the U.S. team to compete in the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, but he was only 15 years and the minimum age to participate in the Games was 16. The U.S. team coordinator Martha Karolyi said that his election had been selected.

In 2005 got his first big success in proclaiming the absolute level for the first time U.S. champion in the competition, parallel and asymmetrical balance beam.

It was one of the biggest stars of the World Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne 2005. Nastia occupied the first position after the preliminary round. In the individual competition had a hard-fought duel with his teammate Chellsie Memmel, who eventually won the gold medal as Nastia Liukin had to settle for the silver. The difference between the classification was only one thousandth of a point (37,824 to 37,823), being one of the most equalized and exciting competitions in the history of gymnastics, with the exception of the World 1985, where Soviet and Yelena Shushunova Oksana Omelianchik shared the gold medal.

In the apparatus finals on Nastia was retaliation in part, winning gold in the parallel bar and asymmetric equilibria, both ahead of Memmel. He also won silver in the ground, behind his compatriot Alicia Sacramone.

Pacific Alliance Championships in 2006 was tied at the top of the competition with Chellsie Memmel. In this competition also won gold medals in team and asymmetric parallel, besides the silver in balance beam. In the United States championships, held in late August, revalidated their titles in the competition, parallel and asymmetrical balance beam.

World Championships in Aarhus 2006, held in October, was one of the favorites to fight for the individual. However due to an ankle injury while training just competed in the apparatus of parallel asymmetric. Worked for United States won the silver medal team and was 2. Nd in the final of the apparatus after the UK's Beth Tweddle.
It was one of the favorites in Beijing 2008 gold medal in the AA test and individual devices
In the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games won the gold medal in the individual arts discipline (all around) and three silver medals, two in the exercises for balance beam apparatus and asymmetric bars, and one more team in the competition. It also won the bronze medal in floor exercise, after the Romanian Sandra Izbasa (gold) and also the U.S. Shawn Johnson (Silver).