Elite Gymnast Nastia Liukin named 2008 USOC Co-Sportswoman of the Year
Elite Gymnastics Champion, and GK endorsee, Nasita Liukin was named Co Sportswoman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. Nastia shares the honor with Swimmer Natalie Coughlin. Nastia earned 5 Medals for her gymnastics performances this summer at the Olympics.
“It is a huge honor to receive this award,” Liukin said. “It’s every athlete’s dream to go to the Olympics and it has been mine since I was a little girl. I really love competing and I love the sport.”
“Nastia’s actions both on and off the field of play demonstrate that she is a true champion and a role model for athletes throughout the world,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “This recognition of her outstanding accomplishments is well earned as her five medals in Beijing were the most won by any female gymnast. We also congratulate the other athletes and team being awarded with this honor.”
Nastia Liukin has been a GK endorsee for four years, wearing both adidas leotards and GK leotards for competitions in the USA and around the world.
Former gymnastics winners of USOC annual awards are: SportsWoman – Kim Zmeskal (1991) and Carly Patterson (2004); and Team – U.S. Women’s World Championships Teams (2003 and 2007).