Posts Tagged ‘Nastia Liukin’

Secret Sport Challenge

September 28, 2008

Shawn and Nastia are up to something with Secret.  I don’t really know what it is exactly because I’m not signing up to listen to the webcast.  I think it involves 20 $5k scholarships.  I think you have until January 21, 2009 to win some cash or something.

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Lots of good stuff in this Nastia article

August 3, 2008

Read it.  It’s packed with great little tidbits.  

Check out this tidbit:

For Liukin, of course, the benefits are more obvious. With a global sponsor, she (or, rather, her parents) can stop worrying about the expense that went into her years of becoming a Beijing contender and instead concentrate on gymnastics. 

This had me scratching my head.  The Liukin’s own their gym.  The expenses that went into her training couldn’t have been as big of an issue for them as it is for other gymnasts.  

The article also talks about the unveiling of Nastia’s Nascar.  It’s also Michael Phelps’ Nascar – He’s on the other side.  Anyway, the driver was having a twerpisode.  

“Obviously, Nastia Liukin is on this side,” he said, indicating the left rear door. “And she’s quite amazing. Obviously, I don’t follow gymnastics, but I hear she’s quite amazing.”  

WTF?  Of course she’s amazing.  Who puts a mediocre athlete on a Nascar?  I’m sure he’s 96.7% cool like most of the rest of the human race, but that was a twerpy thing to say.

2008 World Tour of Gymnastics Superstars

July 30, 2008

Tickets are going on sale Monday.  Details won’t be available until Monday.  I search “2008 World Tour of Gymnastics Superstars” and all I get is a bunch of ticket websites.  That kinda sucks.    

It looks as if Nastia Liukin signed with Burg.  I wasn’t in suspense thinking that she wouldn’t.  It’s the only tour this year.

Sam Peszek – Piece of me montages

July 13, 2008

Awhile back somebody made a Shawn Johnson montage to Piece of me by Britney Spears.  Now there are two montages to this song by two different youtubers, roxigymnast andgymnast7225.  This one is from June 22 and this other one is from July 3.  

Nastia Liukin has a monthly montage contest.  The featured artist for July/August is Ashlee Simpson.  Many contestants have chosen Simpson’s Pieces of Me.

Johnson gives Liukin props

June 19, 2008

Articles about the new code are popping up.  I think this article does a good job of explaining it.  

Liukin says:

“Even though there is no Perfect 10, I feel it’s kind of still there. I’m striving towards that.”

She does pretty good on three events too.  She has her problems on bars but she also does very nice work there.  I think her form issues on floor pretty much stem from pushing the envelope in order to continue to be a top AA.  

Shawn talks about Liukin’s giganormous A score on bars:

“It plays to her advantage; it’s a very smart thing to do,” Johnson said. “It’s just whoever can play the field the best that can win.”

::UPDATE::

To clariy.  When I say Nastia is “pusing the envelope” on floor, I meant that I think she is pushing her personal difficulty threshold in order to get all the points she can using the type of skills she is best at doing.  Many times gymnasts who have problems on a skill that is difficult for them, can do an easier version of the skill with cleaner form.  One really example is Elise Ray.  Elise did a full – twisting double layout dismount from uneven bars with beautiful form.  At the 2000 Olympics, she upgraded to a double twisting double layout at some point and her form suffered a little.    

“Loyal athlete signers”

June 13, 2008

This month’s IG editorial by Paul Ziert is about how USAG president Steve Penny has made some major errors recently.  Error number one was about how Steve organized the USAG post-olympic tour but failed to sign Shawn Johnson, Paul Hamm, and Morgan Hamm.  They signed with a rival tour run by Mike Burg.  He also doesn’t have Nastia who hasn’t signed with anyone.  Since he doesn’t have the biggest stars, this nullifies his contracts.  

Ziert writes:

Hence, Burg will now do his tour in the 30 cities reserved by USAG with the athletes that USAG claims it created with no financial gain to the federation other than a possible sanction fee, which isn’t even required.  and most of the loyal athlete signers will get much less or possibly nothing from tour money.

I have two issues with this.  First, just because USAG claims they created the athletes doesn’t mean they actually did.  The athletes, their families, and their coaches are the ones who did all of the work to get to the top with no help from USAG.  I will never understand why people think they owe USAG something for their success.  USAG didn’t get Shawn’s parents to take her to Chow’s instead of staying with the coach who thought she had brute strength but no talent.  USAG didn’t get Paul and Morgan’s dad to harrass Stacy Maloney into training them to greatness.  USAG certainly did not pick up the tab when it came to 6+ years of training expenses before these athltes were even on USAG’s radar.  USAG doesn’t do a damned thing to help these athletes when it matters most, yet they “created” them.  That is total crap!  

My second issue with this is the use of the phrase “loyal athlete signers”.  I don’t appreciate the dig at Shawn, Paul, Nastia, and Morgan.  These guys have worked hard and they deserve to get the most for their talents.  It has nothing to do with being “loyal” to some organization that hasn’t done anything for them anyway.  And how does Ziert know that these other athletes are loyal as opposed to simply being too scared not to sign.  How many of these athletes worry that not signing would hurt their Olympic chances?  

Penny used some serious arm-twisting to get many of the athletes to sign binding, exclusive contracts before anyone even knew they were going to Beijing.  He succeeded with all except the four I mentioned above.

I’m glad USAG got pwned.  If they had offered fair packages to the above athletes, they would be signed.  Instead they want to lowball the athletes and pocket the money so they can pad their own salaries.  

::UPDATE::

It’s MIke Burg,  not Mark Burg.  I don’t know why I put that there.  

Does Hanes make leotards?

June 8, 2008

Hanes has a youtube channel dedicated to their “wedgie-free” panties.  There are four funny commercials featureing Sarah Chalke.  

Speaking of commercials.  Nastia had a couple of cool commercials during the broadcast for Day 2 of nationals.  They showed one of her training which ended with her pulling a tire down a vault runway.  There was a really nice one which had still 3D models of her and a music box type theme playing in the background.  They also showed this commercial featuring Kerri Strug’s vault from 1996. 

Shawn’s coke commercials were generic and boring in comparison.  Maybe they will show something better later on.  

John Macready also had a “Gold Medal Mom” commercial.  It was sweet.  Tyson is actually doing some sort of contest so maybe you can win a trip to Beijing – and some cash.  

::UPDATE::  

Youtuber Beechurst10 has uploaded Nastia’s “music box” commercial.  And here is the training commercial thanks to GymMaverick. 

Nastia – Wind it up

June 5, 2008

So there I was on youtube, surfing along, minding my own business.  Somewhere in the middle of a Nastia Liukin montage, I saw a clip of her in cute pink outfit.  After a quick search, I found it.  It’s from the Tylenol Ice Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular which aired in February 2008 on NBC.  I never watch these “spectacular” type of shows or the “competitons” where all the gymnasts wear costumes.  I’m too much of a gymsnob for that.  

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Catching up with the cast of “Stick It!”

June 1, 2008

Stick It” was a decent movie.  Recently, I watched “Iron Man”  and found out that Jeff Bridges is in it.  I’m aware of a few of Missy Peregrym’s projects but I haven’t really seen anything from some of the other folks.  So, I did some digging.  

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“Are these people famous?”

April 22, 2008

Taniaanthony has posted a vid of the US team working out at Chelsea Piers prior to the American Cup.