Valeri Liukin Resigns As USA Gymnastics National Team Coordinator

Valeri Liukin submitted his resignation from his role as the USA Gymnastics national team coordinator, according to a report from USA Today Sports. Liukin has served in this position since September of 2016, following the retirement of his predecessor, Martha Karolyi.

In a statement, Liukin said that the “present climate causes me, and more importantly, my family, far too much stress, difficulty and uncertainty.

“It is time to move on in a different direction, at least for now. I wish the coaches and athletes continued success, and I stand ready to encourage and support all of them from a different vantage point.”

USA Gymnastics issued the following response after USA Today Sports' report.

“USA Gymnastics accepted Valeri Liukin’s resignation.  We thank him for his dedication and contributions to the sport of gymnastics and wish him well. We will begin the process to identify a National Team Coordinator for the women’s program.”

Liukin's resignation comes during a time of turmoil for USA Gymnastics as reports come out criticizing their handling and lack of response to the abuse of gymnasts by former USAG doctor Larry Nassar.

In order for USAG to keep their status as the National Governing Body of gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee ordered USAG's entire board of directors to resign, among other requests. USAG announced that they had received all resignations from their board members and are in the process of selecting an interim board. 

USAG has also lost many corporate sponsors including AT&T, Proctor & Gamble, and Hershey's. 

USAG is also looking for a new place to hold their national team camps, after ending their agreement with the Karolyi Ranch, where previous camps were held. The January national team training camp was cancelled while the February one still remains on the schedule with location listed as TBD.

During the Nassar sentencing at the Ingham County, Michigan, courthouse, former U.S. national team member Mattie Larson not only spoke out about Nassar's abuse, but also about the negative culture at USAG that put immense pressure on the gymnasts and also at times made them feel invisible.

“It truly bothers me that one of the adults that treated me this way, making me feel completely invisible, is the new national team coordinator, Valeri Liukin,” Larson said on January 23. “It troubles me that he is now in that position, and I hope for the sake of current and future national team members, that he has changed.”

U.S. Names Women's Team For 2018 Pan American Championships

Following the conclusion of the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, USA Gymnastics has named the U.S. women's team for the 2018 Pan American Championships, set to be held Sept. 14-16, in Lima Peru. The championships serves as the qualification for the 2019 Pan American Games, which will also be held in Lima, Peru. 

Biles Wins 2018 US Gymnastics Championships By Huge Margin

Interview: Simone Biles - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

Simone Biles secured her fifth National Championship title tonight, totaling a 119.850 over two days of competition. In addition to her all-around win, she also won every individual event title. Morgan Hurd followed in second place in the all-around with a 113.300, and Riley McCusker placed third with a 112.750.

Kerry Perry Addresses Media At 2018 U.S Gymnastics Championships

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Leanne Wong Wins 2018 Junior National Gymnastics Title In Close Competition

Interview: Leanne Wong - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

GAGE’s Leanne Wong secured the Junior National Championship title today, totaling a 112.250 over two days of competition. She was followed by Kayla DiCello with a 111.200, and Sunisa Lee with a 111.050. The junior event champions include DiCello on vault, Lee on bars, Konnor McClain on beam, and Wong on floor.

Sam Mikulak Secures 5th U.S. Gymnastics National All-Around Title

Interview: Sam Mikulak - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

After a strong performance on the second day of competition for the senior men, USOTC's Sam Mikulak secured his fifth National Title with a massive 172.900. Following Mikulak was Oklahoma's Yul Moldauer with a 168.150, and Oklahoma's Allan Bower with a 166.950.

Simone Biles Finishes On Top On Day 1 Of 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Interview: Simone Biles - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

Simone Biles took the top spot in the senior session on Day 1 of the 2018 U.S. Championships, with an all-around score of 60.100. She was followed by Morgan Hurd in second place with a 57.00 and Riley McCusker in third place with a 56.050. Gymnasts will compete again on Sunday evening, when a new senior National Champion will be crowned.

Leanne Wong Leads Juniors In Day 1 Of 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Leanne Wong - Bars - 2018 US Championships Podium Training

Leanne Wong emerged as the leader on Day 1 of the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston, with a total all-around score of 56.400. She was followed by Sunisa Lee with a 55.900, and Kayla DiCello in third place with a 55.250. Gymnasts will compete again on Sunday, when the final rankings will be established. 

Sam Mikulak Leads All-Around After Day 1, 2018 US Gymnastics Championships

Interview: Sam Mikulak - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

Sam Mikulak of the USOTC leads the senior men's all-around standings with an 85.15 after the first night of competition at the 2018 US Gymnastics Championships, in Boston, MA. Akash Modi of Stanford posted the second highest all-around score with an 84.1 and Allan Bower of Oklahoma followed in third with an 83.85.

Biles, Mikulak, & GAGE: Top 5 Storylines At The US Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles - Interview - 2018 GK US Classic

Simone Biles. Sam Mikulak. Competition for a worlds national team. 

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