The Nastia Liukin Cup or abbreviated as NLC is an annual competition hosted by USA Gymnastics and hence, the namesake of the event is 2008 Olympic all-around champion, Nastia Liukin. It is held in the Friday night before the AT&T American Cup. The competition has been running since 2010. It is a very prestigious event within the Level 10 calendar. Meets throughout January-February are selected to act as "qualification events" to the competition. Since 2014, the competition has been split into Junior and Senior age divisions.
In order to qualify to the Nastia Liukin Cup, gymnasts must compete at a selected invitatitional competition. In 2014, there was 20 selected invitationals with around 1-3 gymnasts qualifying to the quota at each event.
Since the competition debuted in 2010, the following gymnasts have won the Nastia Liukin Cup:
|2010||Lexie Priessman||Cincinnati - OH||13||38.400|
|2011||Grace Williams||Gedderts - MI||15||38.525|
|2012||Charity Jones||Dynamo - OK||17||38.075|
|2013||Alex McMurtry||Richmind Olympiad - VA||17||38.450|
|Rachael Flam/Lauren Ramirez||Stars - TX/Gold Medal - AZ||14/15||38.100|
|2014 Sr||Mackenzie Brannan/McKenna Kelley||Capital - TX/Stars - TX||17/16||38.425|
Television and Online CoverageEdit
The event has always been broadcasted on the NBC Sports Network. USA Gymnastics also have a live webcast for the event.