Valeri Liukin

Gymnast Valeri Liukin

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.
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Valeri Liukin steps down as as coordinator of U.S. women’s gymnastics team
LATimes - 15 days
Valeri Liukin resigned Friday from his post as coordinator for the United States women’s gymnastics team, a program reeling from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Liukin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the Soviet team and father of U.S. Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, had served...
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USA Gymnastics Names New Women's Team Coordinator
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Former Olympic champion Valeri Liukin has been chosen to succeed Martha Karolyi as national team coordinator for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
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Mystery swirls around life found in Antarctic lake
Fox News - almost 5 years
A Russian scientist over the weekend dismissed the claims of his colleagues that water pulled from a lake buried for millions of years beneath Antarctica contained a strange new form of microbial life. But on Monday, those colleagues insisted that the bacterium they have discovered doesn't fall into any known categories. The tiny creature in question came from a sample of water pulled by a team of Russian scientists from lake Vostok in February, 2012, after more than two decades of drilling, a major achievement hailed by scientists around the world. Vostok likes buried beneath Antarctica and hasn't been exposed to air or light in millions of years. One goal of the dig was to see whether some strange creatures lurked in that darkness. Such a life form could lead to insights as to what forms life might take on other planets, as well as adding to our knowledge of the varied shapes organisms take here on Earth. On Thursday, Sergei Bulat, a researcher at the Laboratory of Eukary...
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Past glory doesn't guarantee Nastia Liukin a spot on Olympic team
LATimes - over 5 years
Liukin won the all-around gold medal in gymnastics at the Beijing Games. But she will have to show if she's still capable of being an elite performer this week at the U.S. national championships and at the Olympic trials later this month. ST. LOUIS — Nastia Liukin fidgeted as she waited her turn Wednesday to do a practice run-through on the balance beam. She hopped from foot to foot, glanced at her father and coach, Valeri Liukin, then looked to the floor. Then the hopping would start again.
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Russia’s Antarctic probes to be tested in Ladoga Lake
The Voice of Russia - almost 6 years
Scientists with the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and the Mining Institute have created several prototype probes and samplers that will be used in the Russia’s Antarctic mission to drill into the sub-glacial lake Vostok, head of the expedition and AARI director Valery Lukin said.
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Olympic champ Nastia Liukin makes good pitch - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Google News - over 6 years
The 2008 gold medalist spent part of Wednesday playing catch with her dad, Valeri Liukin, her gymnastics coach and a former Olympic champion. "He was trying to teach me how to do it and I said, 'You don't really know how to play baseball, do you?
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Rebecca Bross (photo iconsport) - les Dessous du Sport
Google News - over 6 years
L'élève de Valeri Liukin devrait reprendre l'entraînement dans 2 mois, et devrait être à nouveau à 100% de ses capacités à temps pour le début de la saison compétitive en 2012, avec les JO de Londres en point de mire
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Plano gymnast Rebecca Bross headed for surgery - Dallas Morning News (subscription)
Google News - over 6 years
Bross trains at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, which also produced Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin, the last two Olympic all-around champions. Bross is coached by Valeri Liukin, Nastia's coach and father. Bross extended gratitude for well wishes
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2008 Olympic gymnasts aiming for spot in London - USA Today
Google News - over 6 years
Bross is trained by Valeri Liukin, who coached daughter Nastia to the 2008 Olympic all-around title. Nastia Liukin is undecided about trying for the 2012 Games. Valeri Liukin's club in Plano, Texas, World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, has produced the
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New faces: Women to watch at the VISA Gymnastics Championships - Universal Sports (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Wofford was one of the very promising junior gymnasts training under Valeri Liukin at WOGA until several months ago. She has now moved to a different Texas gym, Zenith Elite, but looked none the worse for it at last month's CoverGirl Classic,
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Olympian to visit Pottsville - Republican & Herald
Google News - over 6 years
At the age of 2, Nastia and her parents, Anna and former Olympic champion Valeri Liukin, left their native Moscow, Russia for Plano, Texas, where Anna and Valeri established a training ground for aspiring gymnasts called the World Olympic Gymnastic
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Quick hits: 2011 CoverGirl Classic, senior WARMUPS - Examiner.com
Google News - over 6 years
5:45 pm: Valeri Liukin is talking Jessica Howe through her bar routine as she goes through it. After she's done, there's more talking. The routine includes a Tkatchev and a Jaeger. Sacramone missed two front pikes in a row on beam
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Six storylines to follow at the Canadian Nationals - Examiner.com
Google News - over 6 years
... 2004 Olympic floor gold to his gymnasts' domination of several categories at last year's Canadian Nationals) and should earn him one of women's gymnastics's penultimate honors: Being known in the gymblogosphere as the Canadian Valeri Liukin
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Corrections: For the Record
NYTimes - over 9 years
A Sports of The Times column on Aug. 16 about Nastia Liukin's gold medal in the gymnastics all-around at the Beijing Olympics -- a prize that eluded her father, Valeri Liukin, at the 1988 Summer Games -- misidentified the gymnast who narrowly defeated him for the all-around that year. It was Vladimir Artemov -- not Vladimir Artemev, another elite
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For Liukin, Being Just as Good Is Not Good Enough to Win Gold
NYTimes - over 9 years
At first, Nastia Liukin did not realize how close she had come to yet another gold. After performing her uneven bars routine Monday, she saw her name in second place and glanced over the scores, assuming she was at least one- or two-tenths of a point behind He Kexin of China. But, upon closer inspection, she noticed something strange about the
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; Daughter Takes the Prize That Eluded Her Father
NYTimes - over 9 years
She kept loose to her opponent's music. She took a peek at the tiny Chinese girl out on the mat. She shimmied to keep warm. She took another peek. Nastia Liukin had so many pulls in so many directions -- the rival on the mat; her roommate and her friend, Shawn Johnson, who would compete last; and her father, her coach, whose gold medals she admired
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    He was officially named as her replacement on 16 September 2016.
    On 16 September 2016, he was named the coordinator for the United States women's national gymnastics team, replacing the retiring Márta Károlyi.
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  • 2013
    Age 46
    Valeri has taken a break from coaching individual elite competitors at WOGA since becoming the US Women Gymnastics elite development coordinator in 2013.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    Four years later, he became internationally renowned for coaching his second consecutive all around Olympic champion, his daughter, Nastia Liukin, to the 2008 Summer Olympics. In addition, Nastia contributed to team USA's silver medal finish in the team competition. She also earned silver on uneven bars, silver on balance beam, and bronze in the floor exercise. Most recently, the notable gymnasts trained by Liukin include 2010 National Champion and 6-time world medalist Rebecca Bross as well as 2011 junior National champion and 2013 American Cup champion Katelyn Ohashi. Bross placed second in the all-around competition at the World Championships in London 2009 and teammate Ivana Hong placed third in the beam competition.
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    He is married to Anna Kotchneva and is the father and coach of 2008 Olympic champion Nastia Liukin.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 38
    He was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    He was the International Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2004.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 24
    At the 1991 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis, he again was a member of the champion Soviet team in the Team competition.
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  • 1988
    Age 21
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 20
    He married Anna Kotchneva, a 1987 World Champion rhythmic gymnast, while still competing himself.
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    At the 1987 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, he won the team competition with the Soviet Union. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Liukin won the gold medal in the team competition, and was the co-champion on the horizontal bar with fellow Soviet gymnast Vladimir Artemov.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 18
    He moved to Moscow to join the Soviet Junior National team, where he made his world debut at the 1985 Friendship Cup.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on December 17, 1966.
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