2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, met with young gymnasts and gave them some advice and tips Friday, June 3, during the ESPN RISE Girls Showcase at Walt Disney World, which includes the USA Gymnastics Open Championships. Liukin gave instruction and encouragement to four Orlando-area gymnasts, as well as visited with some of the members of the USA Basketball Women's under-19 team. Liukin also spoke about possibly defending her all-around title at the 2012 Olympics in London.
The USA Gymnastics Open, U.S. Rhythmic Classic and Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior Olympic Championships are part of the ESPN RISE Girls Showcase, which brings together one of the biggest collections of elite female youth athletes in the country. The three-week sports festival involves nearly 15,000 elite and recreational female athletes competing in basketball, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), softball, taekwondo and volleyball.
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