AAI supports these talented athletes and recognizes them as leaders in the gymnastics community.
Nastia and Valeri Liukin
Grace and beauty in the sport of gymnastics led Nastia Liukin to her crowning achievement of becoming the all-around champion at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but winning five medals was only the beginning for this golden girl. After returning home, she graced the pages of countless magazines and appeared on various TV shows, while even being chosen as one of 2009's most influential people by MSN Lifestyle. Liukin's commitment to helping little girls with big dreams landed her a clothing line, SuperGirl by Nastia along with her very own gymnastics competition, The Nastia Liukin Cup as well as a at home gymnastics product line by AAI.
"AAI is the best manufacturer of products for aspiring gymnasts through Olympic champions. When I was presented with the opportunity to develop a line of fitness and training products for young gymnasts, I jumped at it," said Liukin. "I have always wanted to extend my dedication to working with young athletes beyond just clinics and camps. I hope parents recognize the tremendous health benefits for their children in working with my products and being a gymnast in general."
A 2014 inductee into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, Liukin remains involved in the sport as the lead gymnastics television analyst for NBC in addition to serving as an ambassador for USA Gymnastics and The United States Olympic Committee's Road to Rio. Most recently, she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars season 20 and is currently crisscrossing the country sharing her life experiences on The Shine Tour, a motivational event that encourages girls of all ages to have self-confidence and shine in their own lives. Liukin co-founded The Shine Agency, a sports and entertainment lifestyle firm in 2015, and is now completing her senior year at New York University.
Valeri Liukin, Nastia's coach, father and owner of WOGA, also endorses AAI equipment and lends his expertise to the partnership by evaluating new AAI products. "AAI has been such a mainstay in the sport of gymnastics. By combining that longevity with Nastia's position and our mutual ties to USA Gymnastics, it's a winning partnership," said Valeri Liukin. "Our goal is to help bring attention to the gymnastics community and increase participation in the sport."
"AAI provided the equipment that I grew up on," says Sam Mikulak. "Every child in the U.S. has built their dreams of competing on the grandest of stages, and AAI has provided us the opportunity to accomplish our goals safely and reliably. I look forward to my partnership with AAI, to represent the finest of equipment as I continue to chase my dreams in this sport." Mikulak, a seven-time NCAA champion in gymnastics won the all-around and several other titles in 2011, 2013 and the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics championship. His strong credentials also earned him a spot on the U.S. men's gymnastics team that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was the first male gymnast from the University of Michigan to be named to the U.S. Olympic team.
Mikulak represented the U.S. against a strong international field at the 2015 AT&T American Cup, a FIG World Cup event, earning fourth in the individual all-around competition. He also participated in the 2014 P&G U.S. Championships in Pittsburgh and placed first overall in the all-around final and pommel horse and second in high bar. He participated in October 2014 in Nanning, China, representing Team USA in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He won a bronze medal with Team USA in the team competition. He was named undergraduate assistant coach for the University of Michigan men's team in August 2014.
Our newest AAI Ambassador is currently competing (and doing very well) in the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.