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Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin in "Gossip Girl" role
By Larry Fine

Olympic all-round gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin has landed a guest role on popular TV teen drama "Gossip Girl," describing it as one of her coolest thrills since winning five gold medals at the Beijing summer games.

Liukin, who turns 19 later this month and aspires to do some modeling and acting, said she was not sure if her role on the show would go beyond the one episode.

The "Gossip Girl" gig came totally by chance when she and some friends were chatting about the show, which depicts the lives of rich young teens in New York City. "I was in Los Angeles having dinner with a bunch of my friends and the producers of 'Gossip Girl' were sitting at the table next to me," Liukin told reporters before being named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation on Tuesday.

"So they sent over a note saying 'Congratulations. Keep watching "Gossip Girl'. Then the next day they contacted my management and the next thing I know I have a guest role on 'Gossip Girl.' "I'm gonna get to film 'Gossip Girl' next time I'm here on October 21."

"I was going to play myself and then they thought it would be cool to give me a character," she said. "A bunch of my friends always watch, so to actually be on it, it's really cool." "Gossip Girl", currently in its second season, is one of the most talked about shows on the fledgling CW network in the United States and is also watched in 30 nations in Europe, Asia and South America.

Liukin has been on a whirlwind schedule since the Olympics, performing in a U.S. gymnastics tour and designing a fashion line called 'Nastia Gold.'


Gymnastics Powerhouses Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson And Jonathan Horton Plus The Men And Women Of Team USA To Unite After Beijing For The 2008 Tour Of Gymnastics Superstars

Television Special And 37 City Tour To Bring The Country's Greatest Gymnasts To Your Home Town For A Sports And Music Extravaganza That Pairs Spectacularly Choreographed Gymnastics Routines With Music From The Disney Music Group Including Live Performances By Hollywood Records Artist Jordan Pruitt And Buena Vista Records' Artists KSM Who Will Perform Their New Hit And Show Theme Song, "Hero in You" Tickets On Sale Now!

New York, NY- Fresh from their Olympic triumphs, the country's most celebrated gymnasts including America's one-two punch, 2008 newly crowned All-Around Olympic Gold Medalist and Balance Beam Silver Medalist Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic Balance Beam Gold Medalist and All-Around Silver Medalist Shawn Johnson and 2008 US Team Silver Medalist Chellsie Memmel plus members of the men's Bronze winning Olympic team including 2008 Olympic High Bar Silver Medalist Jonathan Horton, Kevin Tan, Joe Hagerty and Justin Spring, will join former Olympic medalists Paul Hamm, Morgan Hamm, Shannon Miller, Blaine Wilson and the U.S. gymnastics team for The 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars. A nationally televised special airing on MyNetwork TV on September 26th from 8:00-10:00pm (EST) will kick off the two month trek across the United States bringing world class gymnastics and music from Disney's hottest young recording artists to an arena near you.

The 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars will offer fans a unique opportunity to see some of their favorite gymnasts perform live in an extraordinary sports and music extravaganza. In addition to medal-worthy athletic routines the show will feature songs from the Walt Disney Records' Disney Girlz Rock 2 CD and live performances from teen sensations Jordan Pruitt and KSM. Jordan's new album, Permission to Fly, featuring the single "One Love" will be released on September 9th. KSM recorded the show's theme song, "Hero in You," a new pop/rock anthem written and produced by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil of "High School Musical" fame. KSM's debut album is set for release in 2009.

"I have travelled the world competing and now I have the chance to share my love and passion for gymnastics with millions of fans all over the US," said Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic All Around winner. "Promoting the sport I love so much has always been one of the reasons I started as a young girl. I hope my fans are as excited to see me on the Tour as I am to see them."

"I am honored to be representing the U.S. this summer but I am also looking forward to coming back from China and performing for my fans who have supported me since I started competing" said Olympic Gold medalist Shawn Johnson.

Both Paul and Morgan Hamm recently had to resign their position on the team to recover from multiple injuries but they continue training and look forward to the opportunity to get back out there and do what they love. The Hamm brothers will be reunited with their Olympic Bronze winning teammates from China and fans will get a chance to see them do what they do best.

From early September through mid-November, these gymnastics superstars will be taking the nation by storm. Tour dates and ticket on-sale dates are listed below. All dates and times are subject to change.

The 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars is sanctioned by USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of gymnastics in the United States.

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