Valeri Liukin

Born Dec 17, 1966

Valeri Viktorovich Liukin is a retired competitive artistic gymnast who competed for the former Soviet Union. Liukin is the 1988 Olympic Champion in the team competition and individually on the horizontal bar and Olympic silver medalist in the all-around and the parallel bars. He is now a coach. Liukin is the first man to do a triple back flip on floor and both a layout Tkatchev and a Jaeger with full twist on high bar. He moved to the United States and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.… Read More

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  • Usa Gymnastics Names New Women's Team Coordinator
    Wall Street Journal - Sep 16, 2016
  • Mystery Swirls Around Life Found In Antarctic Lake
    Fox News - Mar 11, 2013
  • Past Glory Doesn't Guarantee Nastia Liukin A Spot On Olympic Team
    LATimes - Jun 08, 2012
  • Russia’s Antarctic Probes To Be Tested In Ladoga Lake
    The Voice of Russia - May 10, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Valeri Liukin.


1966 Birth Born on December 17, 1966.


1985 18 Years Old He moved to Moscow to join the Soviet Junior National team, where he made his world debut at the 1985 Friendship Cup. … Read More


At the 1987 European Championships in Moscow, he won gold medals in the all-around, on the horizontal bar, and in the floor exercise where he was the first gymnast to perform a triple back somersault. … Read More
1988 21 Years Old …  Liukin is the 1988 Olympic champion in the team competition and individually on the horizontal bar, and Olympic silver medalist in the all-around and the parallel bars. … Read More
1991 24 Years Old At the 1991 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis, he again was a member of the champion Soviet team in the Team competition. … Read More
1993 26 Years Old Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Liukin competed for his native Kazakhstan, competing for them most notably at the 1993 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 1994 Asian Games, but did not win a medal at either competition. … Read More


2000 33 Years Old He was the International Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2004.
2005 38 Years Old He was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2005.


2008 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He is married to Anna Kotchneva and is the father and coach of 2008 Olympic champion Nastia Liukin. … Read More
2013 46 Years Old Valeri has taken a break from coaching individual elite competitors at WOGA since becoming the US Women Gymnastics elite development coordinator in 2013. … Read More
2016 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On 16 September 2016, he was named the coordinator for the United States women's national gymnastics team, replacing the retiring Márta Károlyi. … Read More
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