by: Kristen Leccese   11/1/2013

Nastia Liukin, the beautiful and talented 2008 All-Around Olympic Gold Medalist, has been chosen by NBC to present daily features from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Liukin, who holds a dual US-Russian citizenship, already has experience as a commentator for dozens of NBC’s televised gymnastics events. She also provided online coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics. In Sochi, she’ll be on the sidelines with the NBC team, tuning every day in to present features for a half-hour daily program called “The Olympic Zone.”

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the NBC team reporting at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi,” the 24-year-old New York University student told US Weekly. “As both a US Olympic Gold Medalist and as a dual US-Russian citizen whose family has an Olympic legacy in Russia, the Sochi Games will be particularly meaningful to me. I’m honored and excited to be able to bring that unique perspective to Russia’s first Winter Olympics.”

Nastia Liukin won five medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, joining Shannon Miller and Mary Lou Retton as the most decorated US gymnast in a single Olympic Games. Her father, Valeri Liukin, competed for the USSR in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He won four medals overall, including a gold in the All-Around and Team competitions. Valeri became a US citizen in 2000 and went on to co-found the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, coaching his daughter to Olympic Gold in 2008.


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