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Five Time Olympic Medalist Nastia Liukin Joins Inaugural 2013 Pro Gymnastics Challenge As Coach
2008 Olympic All-Around Champion, four time world champion, to coach Team USA In exciting new “Skill For Skill” Format made up of current and future U.S. Olympians vs. The World Team, May 10 and 11 In Bethlehem, Pa.
By: Joe Favorito
The Pro Gymnastics Challenge was created by Brent Klaus, CEO of International Gymnastics Camp, the world’s premier gymnastics facility. It will be televised as a three-part series on ESPN2 on May 20, 21 and 22.
“We are very excited that Nastia will join us as an active participant and coach in our inaugural event, Klaus said. “Her presence speaks volumes as to the support this event will be getting, and it will give us another added level of excitement for all those in attendance.”
Luikin is the 2008 Olympic All Around Champion, five time Olympic medalist, four time World Champion, nine time World medalist, four time US National Champion and has won two American Cup titles and both a Senior and Junior Pacific Rim Championship. Following her success in Beijing she was named FIG Athlete of the Year, Women’s Sports Foundation Individual Sportswoman of the Year and the United States Sports Academy’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Luikin will join athletes representing no less than 12 nations participating in the event. The U.S. team will be led by two time Olympian and silver medalist Jonathan Horton, 2012 Olympian Jacob Dalton and six time NCAA champion, Stephen Legendre, with three time World Championship silver medalist Jana Bieger and NCAA Champion Kat Ding among those representing the women. The world team will be led by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Oldham of Great Britain, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany, six time Olympian and gold medalist Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, Brazil 2016 hopefuls Petrix and Jade Barbosa and Daniele and Diego Hypolito, and two time Olympian Anna Pavlova of Russia among others.
Tickets for the event are now on sale via the Professional Gymnastics Challenge website at professionalgymnastics.com.
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