Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/30/13
Nastia Liukin, the Russian-born Olympic Gymnast who won 5 medals for America, will serve as a reporter for NBC during the upcoming Winter Olympics. Nastia Liukin, won gold in the all-around at the 2008 Beijing Games, landing her many endorsements later, including the high profile Subway ads. She will join NBC Olympics for its Winter Games coverage in Sochi, Russia, it was announced minutes ago. Liukin, a dual Russian-U.S. citizen who was born in Moscow (this will no doubt serve her well given the location of these games) , will present daily features for The Olympic Zone, NBC Olympics’ 30-minute daily show for NBC affiliates covering all aspects of the Games. After failing to qualify for the London 2012 Summer Olympics (a nasty head bar situation derailed her chances, video here) Nastia Liukin signed on with NBC in a very limited capacity as a television host for the Summer Games. She provided coverage of the famous fab five: Mckayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Hyla Ross and Aly Raisman. Since renamed the fierce five. Liukin’s father Valeri won four gymnastics medals (two gold, two silver) for the former Soviet Union at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Her mother Anna was a rhythmic gymnast who won a world title in 1987. Nastia Liukin joined NBCUniversal in 2012 as a contributor for NBCOlympics.com during the London Olympics, and has since served as an analyst for NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics coverage. Nastia Liukin won the most medals of any gymnast at the 2008 Beijing Games (five – one gold, three silver, one bronze) and tied the U.S. gymnastics record set by Mary Lou Retton and equaled by Shannon Miller for the most medals at a single Olympics. In 2008, she became the third American woman to win the Olympic all-around competition (Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson). Nastia Liukin, currently enrolled at New York University, continues to support the growth of gymnastics with her annual Nastia Liukin Cup and is an ambassador for gymnastics as an athlete representative for both the Federation of International Gymnastics and USA Gymnastics. For more on Nastia Liukin Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also a regular analyst on news talk radio stations across the world; with weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS The post Breaking: Nastia Liukin to server as Winter Olympics TV Analyst appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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