Two weeks ago, two of my husband’s athletes qualified to the Nastia Liukin Cup. In my excitement to share the news, I realized that NOT EVERYONE knows what the Nastia Liukin Cup is! If you’re out of the loop or confused on what it all means, or just in search of some 2015 details, read on!
“On Aug. 11, 2009, USA Gymnastics and Nastia Liukin announced a partnership to create the Nastia Liukin Cup, which would provide a competitive opportunity for the country’s top Junior Olympic gymnasts. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Cup go into the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.” -USA Gymnastics
The Nastia Liukin Cup differs from other events requiring qualification, such as Level 10 Nationals, most notably in that the Nastia Liukin Cup is a televised podium competition held in conjunction with the prestigious American Cup!
How Participants are Chosen
Gymnasts are selected to participate in the Cup from a series of designated invitationals around the country held in January and February. The invitaionals, called “Nastia Liukin Qualifiers” are allotted a designated number of qualifying spots – at most 1 Senior (ages 16 and older) and 1 Junior (ages 15 and under) from all level 10 sessions, determined by the highest all-around.
A total of 18 junior and 18 senior gymnasts will advance to the Nastia Liukin Cup.
“Gymnasts who qualify for the Nastia Liukin Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the American Cup and recognition during the event; and the opportunity to meet Nastia Liukin and participate in a team photo.” – USA Gymnastics
My favorite two qualifiers this year . . . cheers to these lovelies.
2015 Nastia Liukin Cup Information
The sixth annual Nastia Liukin Cup will be held at the at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas, on March 6, 2015.
Find out who will be competing for the Junior and Senior Nastia Liukun Cup Champion Titles by reviewing the 2015 qualifers thus far or predict who will qualify at upcoming Nastia Liukin Quailifers, running now through Valentine’s Day weekend.