Nastia Liukin is a U.S Olympic gold medalist gymnast, but she is also the girlfriend of Olympic gold medalist figure skater Evan Lysacek. Keep reading to know more details about her, plus check out some Nastia Liukin photos and video below.
Evan Lysacek’s girlfriend is a remarkable gymnast , but also a kind, smart and gorgeous woman. We were indeed really lucky to have Nastia Liukin on the Olympic team, and Evan feels really lucky to have her by his side too.
“She been so helpful to me, she has been through it herself. If I’m having a bad day, she tells me to have faith and to keep going. Sometimes your support system has more faith in you than yourself. And when she tells me things are going to be fine, I really believe it.”
Nastia was born on October 30, 1989 in Moscow, Russia. Her parents are Valeri And Anna Liukin, both of whom are former gymnasts and coaches. Nastia and her parents moved to the U.S when she was just two years old and she now lives in Parker, Texas.
Now living in America, Valeri and Anna would bring young Nastia to the gym while they were coaching. She would play all over the gym, that includes all the equipment at the gym, she would copy the girls’ routines and play pretend. Her parents didn’t want Nastia to become a professional gymnast due to all the sacrifices and hard work it requires, but they just couldn’t ignore their little girl’s talent and desire to be one.
That was how by age six she was already competing and in six more years she would be a well known gymnast. At the 2002 US Classic, Nastia fell off the uneven bars, sending her to the 15th spot. At the 2002 Pan American Championships she won the gold and 2nd all around, gold at the 2003, 2004 Junior Championships, gold at the U.S National Championships (2004-2008), and Gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
Nastia met Evan at the 2008 NBC Special Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular in Rapid City.
"We became good friends and have become really close since then”. Said Evan.
They began dating last summer, they flied from L.A to Texas every chance they had, they also exchanged their support whenever they competed. Evan cheered for Nastia at the 2009 U.S Nationals.
"It was cool but nerve-racking watching her compete – to be on the balance beam like that? For me, it’s easier to do it than watch it."
And she did the same at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
"To see his dreams come true was amazing," Liukin says. "Even though we’re not in the same sport, we got to connect at the same level because there’s nothing like the Olympics. It was nice to be on the other side of things and be the support system, but I was nervous."
Important Facts about Nastia Liukin
Her mother Anna Kotchneva is a former rhythmic gymnast World Champion and her first coach.
Her father Valeri Liukin is a former Gold Medalist and current coach.
Moved to the U.S. after the Soviet Union’s breakup.
Nastia is 5’3” and weighs 99 lbs.
Nastia speaks English and Russian.
Graduated from Spring Creek Academy in 2007.
She hopes to get her major in international Business at Southern Methodist University.
She appeared in the film “Stick It” and in 2008 in “Gossip Girl”.
She has her own line of gymnastic gear.
Her sponsors are Adidas, CoverGirl (She is the 1st gymnast with CG), AT&T, Longines, PureSport, Secret, Visa, Sega, Beacon Street Girls.
She appeared next to Nadia Comaneci in the Adidas commercial.
Nastia supports World Vision and Frosted Pink with a Twist.
She has been a guest on Jan Leno, Oprah, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Costas Now.
She has appeared on Wheaties Cereal, US Magazine, WWD Beauty Biz and Glamour.
They are one of the hottest and stunning Olympic couples in the world, take a look at Evan Lysacek’s Girlfriend, Nastia Liukin’s photos and video below.
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