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AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mNastiaLiukin.I'manOlympicchampion,aseasonedbroadcaster,thefounderofaclothinglineandanexpertwhenitcomestoallthingsgymnastics.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!

Nastia Liukin
Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics

**Nastia Liukin will answer questions posted in the Comments section of this post on Tuesday, September 27th at 4:30 pm ET. Anyone can (and should) ask a question! If you don't already have a Mogul account, just sign up here  http://www.onmogul.com/sign_up -then ask away!**

Hi - I'm Nastia Liukin. I'm perhaps best known for the 2008 Olympics. I won five medals in women's gymnastics in Beijing - including the gold in the individual all-around competition.

Following the Olympics, I was recognized with a number of honors, including being named one of the Most Influential People of 2009 by MSN Lifestyle. I went on to launch a clothing line, SuperGirl by Nastia. I also started my own gymnastics competition, The Nastia Liukin Cup. And I became a seasoned broadcaster. I was a commentator for NBC throughout the recent 2016 Olympics coverage in Rio, offering commentary during all facets of gymnastics competition.

Some more information about me: I recently graduated from NYU. I am a current cast member of the Kellogg's Tour of Olympic Champions, a national 38-city tour. My favorite travel destinations: Australia and Turks and Caicos. And my favorite foods are sushi and kale salad.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Tuesday, September 27th, at 4:30 pm ET.

It's part of Mogul's new interactive Q &A sessions, Ask A Mogul Anything. 

Come on and ask me *anything* ... about my career in gymnastics... my time covering the recent games in Rio ... my plans for the future.

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  • Nastia Liukin
    Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
    3y ago

    Thanks for your time and questions everyone. It's been fun connecting with you. To follow me in the future, on twitter and instagram @NastiaLiukin AND catch me across the country now on the Kellogg’s Tour! www.kelloggstour.com Xoxo Nastia

    Thanks for your time and questions everyone. It's been fun connecting with you. To follow me in the future, on twitter and instagram @NastiaLiukin AND catch me across the country now on the Kellogg’s Tour! www.kelloggstour.com Xoxo Nastia

  • crosbygustafsoN2!

    What has been your favorite part of the kellogs tour so far? SO EXCITED!😊

    What has been your favorite part of the kellogs tour so far? SO EXCITED!😊

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Performing for all of you guys and traveling across the country :)

      Performing for all of you guys and traveling across the country :)

  • fortunecookie_8

    Hi Nastia! I would be so excited if you answered my question! What has been your biggest obstacle post-gymnastics life. And how did you overcome it?! Thank you :)

    Hi Nastia! I would be so excited if you answered my question! What has been your biggest obstacle post-gymnastics life. And how did you overcome it?! Thank you :)

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Not quite knowing who I was without gymnastics in my life anymore was definitely a big obstacle. Realizing that I had to set new goals, new dreams, new schedule, etc... Figuring out which type of workouts worked best for my body when I stopped training gymnastics full time was a big one too.

      Not quite knowing who I was without gymnastics in my life anymore was definitely a big obstacle. Realizing that I had to set new goals, new dreams, new schedule, etc... Figuring out which type of workouts worked best for my body when I stopped training gymnastics full time was a big one too.

  • Nastia Liukin
    Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
    3y ago

    Hi guys! I'm here live to answer your questions for the next hour. I'll be answering questions that have already been posted as well as new questions that are added for the next hour - so now's your time to ask me anything. Xoxo Nastia

    Hi guys! I'm here live to answer your questions for the next hour. I'll be answering questions that have already been posted as well as new questions that are added for the next hour - so now's your time to ask me anything. Xoxo Nastia

  • Default
    Guest
    3y ago

    Hi Nastia! When did you know you wanted to do gymnastics? Is broadcast journalism what you would like to do full time?

    Hi Nastia! When did you know you wanted to do gymnastics? Is broadcast journalism what you would like to do full time?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Both of my parents were gymnasts, so that's how I got into it. As soon as I started gymnastics, I fell in love with the sport and never wanted to try anything else! I love being an analyst for NBC and would love to continue doing it for a long time :)

      Both of my parents were gymnasts, so that's how I got into it. As soon as I started gymnastics, I fell in love with the sport and never wanted to try anything else! I love being an analyst for NBC and would love to continue doing it for a long time :)

  • Maddy Bernstein

    What was the whole experience like of winning a gold medal? What's your biggest piece of advice about dating?

    What was the whole experience like of winning a gold medal? What's your biggest piece of advice about dating?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Be with someone who loves you for YOU.... And never change who you are for someone!! As far as the gold medal... Life changed quite a bit. I never realized that gymnastics would bring me the career and life I live today. I am very thankful!

      Be with someone who loves you for YOU.... And never change who you are for someone!! As far as the gold medal... Life changed quite a bit. I never realized that gymnastics would bring me the career and life I live today. I am very thankful!

  • gracegreen13
    3y ago

    What has been your favorite thing about the Kellogg's Tour so far?

    What has been your favorite thing about the Kellogg's Tour so far?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Performing again!! The thrill of being in front of thousands every single night, doing what I truly love to do. Also spending time with the girls on the tour is so much fun.

      Performing again!! The thrill of being in front of thousands every single night, doing what I truly love to do. Also spending time with the girls on the tour is so much fun.

  • Jennifer Ridgeworth
    3y ago London, United Kingdom

    do you think you will coach one day? what's your advice to girls who want to be a gymnast? is there advice you'd wish you'd known when first starting?

    do you think you will coach one day? what's your advice to girls who want to be a gymnast? is there advice you'd wish you'd known when first starting?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      I love helping girls out in the gym, but not sure I have the patience to be a full time coach, ha! But never say never :) Best piece of advice is to just have fun and enjoy it... Set dreams and goals, but never lose sight of your passion.

      I love helping girls out in the gym, but not sure I have the patience to be a full time coach, ha! But never say never :) Best piece of advice is to just have fun and enjoy it... Set dreams and goals, but never lose sight of your passion.

  • Larry Barr 60
    3y ago

    what are your plans for the future?

    what are your plans for the future?

  • Larry Barr 60
    3y ago

    Nastia how awesome was it winning five medals in Beijing?

    Nastia how awesome was it winning five medals in Beijing?

  • Alex Kim 5
    3y ago

    Hi Nastia! Unfortunately I just missed you when you came to Minnesota and also missed buying tickets for the VIP was there any other way to meet some of you olympians?!

    Hi Nastia! Unfortunately I just missed you when you came to Minnesota and also missed buying tickets for the VIP was there any other way to meet some of you olympians?!

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Hi! We aren't doing any meet and greets besides the VIP autograph singing, but some of us will sign autographs post show in the arena ;)

      Hi! We aren't doing any meet and greets besides the VIP autograph singing, but some of us will sign autographs post show in the arena ;)

      • Alex Kim 5
        3y ago

        Oh my gosh that would be so amazing! I was quite disappointed when I saw that VIP was sold out at the Target Center. I've never been in gymnastics or anything of the sort but it is truly amazing what you are all capable of doing. It might be a generic question but what was your favorite part of gymnastics? and what moment was most memorable or unforgettable for you?!

        Oh my gosh that would be so amazing! I was quite disappointed when I saw that VIP was sold out at the Target Center. I've never been in gymnastics or anything of the sort but it is truly amazing what you are all capable of doing. It might be a generic question but what was your favorite part of gymnastics? and what moment was most memorable or unforgettable for you?!

  • crosbygustafsoN2!

    Hi Nastia!❤️ What were the best life lessons you learned training for the Olympics and after retiring from gymnastics?

    Hi Nastia!❤️ What were the best life lessons you learned training for the Olympics and after retiring from gymnastics?

  • Sally22
    3y ago

    If you could look into a crystal ball, where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? What are your goals, looking down the road?

    If you could look into a crystal ball, where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? What are your goals, looking down the road?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Oh gosh, that's a tough question. In 5 years, I hope to have had a baby :) 10-20 years, jeez I don't even know yet. I'm a firm believer in taking life one day at a time... Sure I have some dreams and goals out there and things I would love to accomplishment but as of now, I'm enjoying being on Tour, being engaged and planning a wedding!

      Oh gosh, that's a tough question. In 5 years, I hope to have had a baby :) 10-20 years, jeez I don't even know yet. I'm a firm believer in taking life one day at a time... Sure I have some dreams and goals out there and things I would love to accomplishment but as of now, I'm enjoying being on Tour, being engaged and planning a wedding!

  • Sally22
    3y ago

    There's so much pressure on all of you gymnasts to look a certain way. Does it hurt your relationship with your body?

    There's so much pressure on all of you gymnasts to look a certain way. Does it hurt your relationship with your body?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      I can't speak for others, but I've always had a very healthy relationship with my body. I always ate healthy and had everything in moderation.

      I can't speak for others, but I've always had a very healthy relationship with my body. I always ate healthy and had everything in moderation.

  • miranda444
    3y ago

    Hi Nastia - Here's something I've always wondered. All of you gymnasts that ultimately make the Olympic team have been competing with your fellow teammates, often for years, and may have established certain rivalries. What is that like? Competing against each other for years - then coming together as a team? How do you find ways to both compete and to support one another? It's admirable to watch - but am wondering how difficult that might be an how you put any residual rivalries to the side.

    Hi Nastia - Here's something I've always wondered. All of you gymnasts that ultimately make the Olympic team have been competing with your fellow teammates, often for years, and may have established certain rivalries. What is that like? Competing against each other for years - then coming together as a team? How do you find ways to both compete and to support one another? It's admirable to watch - but am wondering how difficult that might be an how you put any residual rivalries to the side.

  • girl
    girl not yet a woman
    3y ago

    Hi Nastia, I was wondering how gymnastics music was chosen. Would we ever hear a gymnast doing a routine to Drake?

    Hi Nastia, I was wondering how gymnastics music was chosen. Would we ever hear a gymnast doing a routine to Drake?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      I chose my music with my mom. We would spend hours and hours listening to music and then we would find bits and pieces of different cuts and paste them together.... Hmmm not sure about Drake. Definitely not my style of floor music, but perhaps someone else might do it :)

      I chose my music with my mom. We would spend hours and hours listening to music and then we would find bits and pieces of different cuts and paste them together.... Hmmm not sure about Drake. Definitely not my style of floor music, but perhaps someone else might do it :)

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    do you miss gymnastics?

    do you miss gymnastics?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      I definitely miss performing, but I can't say I miss training 7hours a day, 6 days a week! But that's why i love being on the Kellogg's Tour right now!

      I definitely miss performing, but I can't say I miss training 7hours a day, 6 days a week! But that's why i love being on the Kellogg's Tour right now!

  • MaryPflumPeterson

    Hi Nastia - Such an honor to have you join us for Ask A Mogul Anything. What are the most important skills that you gained from your time in gymnastics - and how have they helped you throughout your life and continue to help you today?

    Hi Nastia - Such an honor to have you join us for Ask A Mogul Anything. What are the most important skills that you gained from your time in gymnastics - and how have they helped you throughout your life and continue to help you today?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Wow so many skills I have learned through out my gymnastics career. One of the biggest is to never give up. No matter what anyone tells you, anything is possible if you believe and work hard everyday. My mom also taught me to never give up on a bad day...

      Wow so many skills I have learned through out my gymnastics career. One of the biggest is to never give up. No matter what anyone tells you, anything is possible if you believe and work hard everyday. My mom also taught me to never give up on a bad day...

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Nastia! Really wonderful job on the Olympics. What were your favorite moments when covering Rio?

    Hi Nastia! Really wonderful job on the Olympics. What were your favorite moments when covering Rio?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Thanks Bethany! I think my favorite thing was being able to watch and cover the success of the women's gymnastics team in Rio. They sure did make my job easy! Also, even though I didn't have too much time to explore Brazil, I enjoyed the few moments I had to see the beauty that Rio had to offer.

      Thanks Bethany! I think my favorite thing was being able to watch and cover the success of the women's gymnastics team in Rio. They sure did make my job easy! Also, even though I didn't have too much time to explore Brazil, I enjoyed the few moments I had to see the beauty that Rio had to offer.

  • elle23
    3y ago

    Will you and Liz be setting any more Shine Tour dates?

    Will you and Liz be setting any more Shine Tour dates?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Not sure yet. I am currently on the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions! www.kelloggstour.com

      Not sure yet. I am currently on the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions! www.kelloggstour.com

  • Larry Barr 60
    3y ago

    Nastia how cool was it being in Rio this year during the Olympics?

    Nastia how cool was it being in Rio this year during the Olympics?

  • Larry Barr 60
    3y ago

    Nastia! How awesome was it competing on dancing with the stars?

    Nastia! How awesome was it competing on dancing with the stars?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      An experience I will remember for the rest of my life!

      An experience I will remember for the rest of my life!

  • Hannah Beck 30

    What was your favorite thing that happened while you were on Dancing with the Stars? How did being on the show impact you positively/ negatively? If they asked you to do an all-star season would you?

    What was your favorite thing that happened while you were on Dancing with the Stars? How did being on the show impact you positively/ negatively? If they asked you to do an all-star season would you?

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      Gosh, I had so many favorite things about being on DWTS. One of them was being able to perform again in front of millions. The other was learning how to dance, and I have to say I had the best partner ever. Derek Hough was not only a phenomenal dance teacher, but an incredible person and life long friend. Getting to know so many of the professional dancers and contestants on my season and create friendships with them all was really special. I always realize you become part of a pretty cool family! I try to go back every season at least once to support my friends. I would absolutely do an all-star season if I was asked to do it ;)

      Gosh, I had so many favorite things about being on DWTS. One of them was being able to perform again in front of millions. The other was learning how to dance, and I have to say I had the best partner ever. Derek Hough was not only a phenomenal dance teacher, but an incredible person and life long friend. Getting to know so many of the professional dancers and contestants on my season and create friendships with them all was really special. I always realize you become part of a pretty cool family! I try to go back every season at least once to support my friends. I would absolutely do an all-star season if I was asked to do it ;)

  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Content Marketing Strategist & Writer
    3y ago

    Hi Nastia, What was it like going to NYU after the Olympics? Did people treat you differently? If so, why or why did you not like it? What kind of advice do you have for someone who is looking to transition into a completely different field/take a new path? Your accomplishments are nothing short of amazing, and such an inspiration to women everywhere who want to live their dreams!

    Hi Nastia, What was it like going to NYU after the Olympics? Did people treat you differently? If so, why or why did you not like it? What kind of advice do you have for someone who is looking to transition into a completely different field/take a new path? Your accomplishments are nothing short of amazing, and such an inspiration to women everywhere who want to live their dreams!

    • Nastia Liukin
      Nastia Liukin 2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics
      3y ago

      I really wanted to go to NYU as a normal student. I have to say, for the most part, my student life was very normal. Although outside of classes, my life wasn't exactly "normal". I would travel for appearances, speeches and other work the days I didn't have class. I made a lot of wonderful friends, who knew who I was, but didn't treat me any differently. When I was on DWTS they cheered me on, and even during the Olympics many of them texted me telling me they were watching and they were proud :) For anyone trying to transition and take a new path my advice is GO FOR IT!!! You never know until you try. It might be scary at first, but I think it's great to try new things and figure out what you are passionate about.

      I really wanted to go to NYU as a normal student. I have to say, for the most part, my student life was very normal. Although outside of classes, my life wasn't exactly "normal". I would travel for appearances, speeches and other work the days I didn't have class. I made a lot of wonderful friends, who knew who I was, but didn't treat me any differently. When I was on DWTS they cheered me on, and even during the Olympics many of them texted me telling me they were watching and they were proud :) For anyone trying to transition and take a new path my advice is GO FOR IT!!! You never know until you try. It might be scary at first, but I think it's great to try new things and figure out what you are passionate about.


Nastia Liukin
2008 Olympic Individual All-Around Champion in Gymnastics

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