In spite of a 16.100 on bars, the highest score of the day from any competitor on any event, she finished the competition in fifth place.
She represented the United States at three World Championships and one Olympic Games.
In 1994, Valeri Liukin teamed up with another former Soviet champion athlete, Yevgeny Marchenko, to open the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, Texas.
She also earned a silver on the uneven bars behind Russia's Ksenia Semenova, scoring a 16.300 after taking a step on her dismount.
Liukin's first meet of the 2008 season was the American Cup in New York City, where she defeated 2007 winner Shawn Johnson to regain her title.
; born October 30, 1989) is a Russian American former artistic gymnast. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. She is the only child of two former Soviet champion gymnasts: 1988 Summer Olympics gold medalist Valeri Liukin and 1987 world clubs champion in rhythmic gymnastics Anna Kotchneva.
She is the 2008 Olympic all-around champion, a five-time Olympic medalist, the 20 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. With nine World Championships medals, seven of them individual, Liukin is tied with Shannon Miller for the third-highest tally of World Championship medals (among U. and settled first in New Orleans before moving to Texas.
She posted the highest score of the meet, a 16.600 on the uneven bars.
In March, Nastia competed at the Pacific Rim (formerly Pacific Alliance) Championships in San Jose, where she led the American team to a gold medal and won the all-around and balance beam titles. National Championships in Boston, Liukin fell on the floor on her double front tuck the first day of competition, but had a strong meet on her other events and placed second in the all-around behind Shawn Johnson. Olympic Trials in Philadelphia, finishing second behind Johnson and earning a berth on the American team for Beijing.
She returned to campus in spring 2009, but her travel schedule and professional commitments caused her to withdraw before the end of the semester.
She stated that she hoped to continue her studies at New York University in the future.
Liukin was born on October 30, 1989, in Moscow, Russia SFSR, Soviet Union.