Nastia Liukin is headed back to the Olympics — but this time as a commentator!
The 26-year-old former Olympian will be on the sidelines this time as an official gymnastics commentator at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games kicking off in August.
“This is a huge deal! I’m so excited to be back,” Nastia dished to People. “I’ve been keeping track of all the gymnasts in the competitions leading up. I’ve gotten to know the gymnasts, their start values and their routines.”
She added, “It’s a little challenging, though, because when I’m commentating I have to remain neutral and I’m still friends with these girls, so that’s hard for me!”
Nastia will sit alongside former Olympian Tim Daggett, Al Trautwig and primetime correspondent coach Bela Karolyi as an NBC analyst.
Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson glam up for the Dancing with the Stars Finals on Tuesday (May 24) from Los Angeles.
The two former Olympians — and DWTS contestants — reunited for the season’s finale, along with Shawn’s new husband, Andrew East.
“8 years later…. We finally walk our first red carpet together ???????? #WAYpastdue #justthebeginning @dancingabc here we come!” Shawn captioned on Instagram ahead of the show.
Nastia added with another pic, “Totally third wheelin it tonight with these two love birds ???? @shawnjohnson @andrewdeast PS we miss you babe @mattlombardi24.”
Nastia Liukin tries to get a selfie with both Carl Lewis and David Boudia during their visit to the Empire State Building in New York City on Wednesday (April 27).
The 26-year-old former Olympian, Carl and David were all on hand to light up the iconic skyscraper in red, white and blue as they celebrated the 100 day countdown to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
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After the event, Nastia also announced on social media that she’s close to moving out of NYC.
“New York City… You have been such an amazing part of my life these last four years. As I look ahead to close this chapter, I’m going to take it all in, for one final month,” she wrote.
FYI: Nastia is wearing a Vivian Chan outfit.
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White step out for the night at the 2016 Toast to Team USA held at MOMA on Tuesday night (April 26) in New York City.
The two Olympic gold medalists and gymnast Nastia Liukin met and encouraged the 2016 Olympic Team USA hopefuls just as we start to count down the days until the games — 100!
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The next morning on Today, Team USA revealed the official Olympic closing ceremony uniforms ahead of a performance from The Band Perry to celebrate the 100 day countdown.
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Nastia Liukin shows off her sparkling engagement ring during her appearance on AOL Build in New York City on Wednesday afternoon (April 13).
The 26-year-old Olympian, who stepped out at the 2016 Garden of Dreams Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall just a few days before, opened up about her own Olympic experience ahead of commentating for the upcoming 2016 Rio Summer Olympics this summer.
“When I was 12 I held my dad’s olympic gold medal & I knew that I wanted to earn my own,” Nastia shared about realizing her dream.
She added, “We trained for 7 hours a day & didn’t have a day off.”
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Nastia Liukin looks super cute while attending the 2016 #HappyActs Campaign for International Day Of Happiness at Union Square on Saturday (March 19) in New York City.
The 26-year-old Olympic gymnast helped Live Happy once again launch its mission to lead a global movement to make the world a happier place with its third annual #HappyActs campaign, inviting everyone to spread joy and simple acts of kindness, both in person and online.
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#HappyActs are small actions with a BIG impact that can make someone’s day a little brighter. It can be anything and as simple as a hug, a kind word, or helping a neighbor.
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Laura Marano looks stunning as she steps out for the Vivienne Tam show held during 2016 New York Fashion Week on Monday (February 15) in New York City.
The 20-year-old Radio Disney host sat front row for the show.
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“Thank you @VivienneTam for tonight,” Laura later tweeted.
Also spotted at NYFW that night was gymnast Nastia Liukin, who looked lovely as she attended the Reem Acra presentation.
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Nastia Liukin speaks into a microphone while on stage at 2016 CES Las Vegas on Thursday (January 7) in Las Vegas.
The 26-year-old Olympian looked chic but comfortable in an all-black ensemble.
“Fun day in Vegas at #CES2016 launching #UAHealthbox with @underarmour,” Nastia captioned a Twitter photo, which you can check out below.
In case you’re unfamiliar, CES “is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.”
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