Gymnastics icon Nastia Liukin joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her journey to Olympic gold. The daughter of two former Soviet champion gymnasts, Nastia was born in Moscow, Russia, before her family found their way to Plano, Texas. There, Nastia followed in her parents footsteps, quickly ascending to the top of her sport. In this conversation, Nastia discusses her legendary 2008 Olympic battle with fellow American Shawn Johnson, the effects of that rivalry on the two gymnasts’ friendship, her attempt to make the 2012 Olympics, and what she’s learned from both winning and falling short on the world’s biggest stage.

Nastia’s Resume:

  • All-Around Olympic Champion (2008)
  • 5x Olympic medalist (2008)
  • 4x World gold medalist (2005, 2007)
  • 5x World silver medalist (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • 3x Pan Am gold medalist
  • 5x Pacific Rim gold medalist
  • 2x American Cup All-Around Champion (2006, 2008)
  • 4x All-Around U.S. national champion (2x junior, 2x senior)


  • Nastia Liukin: Life after winning Olympic gold (ESPN)
    Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson on why they didn’t talk for 8 years (NBC Sports)
    Nastia Liukin takes us back to Beijing 2008 (Olympic Channel)