2019 Nastia Liukin Cup Series Qualifying Meets Announced

Press release below via USA Gymnastics:

INDIANAPOLIS, June 13, 2018– USA Gymnastics has announced the schedule for the 2019 Nastia Liukin Cup Series, which kicks off January 11, 2019. Performances at the 18 invitational meets in the Series will determine the gymnasts who will compete in the Nastia Liukin Cup at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 1, 2019. 2019 is the 10th annual edition of the Cup, which was started in 2010 by 2008 Olympic all-around gold-medalist Nastia Liukin.


The Nastia Liukin Cup kicks off the Triple Cup weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum.  OnSaturday, March 2, the 2018 American Cup,the USA’s most prestigious international invitational and part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series, and the men’s Elite Team Cup take the floor at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, respectively.


The 36 participants in the Nastia Liukin Cup are selected through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, which features 18 of the country’s top gymnastics invitationals held throughout the United States. The Nastia Liukin Cup Series kicks off on Jan. 11, with four invitationals, and the final junior and senior Nastia Liukin Cup qualifiers will be determined at the Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, just prior to the Nastia Liukin Cup.


The invitationals participating in the 2019 Nastia Liukin Cup Series are listed below.

  • Atlanta Crown Invitational, Duluth, Ga.,Jan. 11-13
  • Kurt Thomas Invitational, Grapevine, Texas,Jan. 11-13
  • Legacy Elite Winter Classic, Rosemont, Ill.,Jan. 11-13
  • Circle of Stars Gymnastics Invitational, Indianapolis,Jan. 11-13
  • Lady Luck Invitational, Las Vegas,Jan. 18-20
  • Brestyan’s Invitational, Medford, Mass.,Jan. 18-20
  • 22nd Annual Star Struck Invitational, Atlantic City, N.J.,Jan. 18-20
  • Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational, Kissimmee, Fla.,Jan. 18-20
  • Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio,Jan. 31-Feb. 3
  • Chow’s Challenge, Galveston, Texas,Feb. 1-3
  • Fiesta Bowl, Phoenix,Feb. 1-3,
  • Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo.,Feb. 8-10
  • Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational, Phoenix, Ariz.,Feb. 8-10
  • WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas,Feb. 9-10
  • Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va.,Feb. 15-17
  • Charity Choice Invitational, Tacoma, Wash.,Feb. 15-18
  • Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.,Feb. 15-18
  • Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, Greensboro, N.C.,Feb. 27-March 3


A total of 18 junior and 18 senior gymnasts will advance to the Nastia Liukin Cup. Senior athletes must be 16 years of age or older, and junior athletes must be 15 or younger.


Gymnasts who compete in the Nastia Liukin Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Nastia Liukin Cup; and the opportunity to meet Liukin and participate in a team photo.

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