Long-time Everest Gymnastics student Amber Lowe is no stranger to the spotlight. The vibrant 13-year-old athlete has a list of accomplishments any gymnast twice her age could easily envy. Recently, Lowe represented her home school at the Nastia Liukin Cup Invitational in Greensboro. Keep reading as gym leaders share their excitement about the event in the following brief Q&A.
Q: What is the Nastia Liukin Cup?
Everest Gymnastics: The Nastia Liukin Cup is an annual event that brings together some of the nation’s top athletes. It is held the night before the always-anticipated American Cup, and even uses that event’s podium. It was conceived by Olympic Champion (2008) Nastia Liukin and promoted as she traveled the country following her Olympic victory. The Invitational is one of many events throughout the year that allow pre-gymnasts the chance to experience high-profile competition and to be recognized for their abilities.
Q: Why did Miss Liukin push so hard to make it a reality?
Everest Gymnastics: Liukin realized during her time training for the Olympics that younger, less experienced athletes had few high-stakes events. However, she knew that many of the younger competitors, like herself, could handle the rigors of a televised meet. Her original goal, one which she has achieved and more, was to provide a venue for budding gymnasts to experience the excitement of Olympic-level glory.
Q: What were the results of the event?
Everest Gymnastics: Amber did well throughout the event and tied for 3rd place on the balance beams. She was ranked 11th overall. The competition was fierce as all of the athletes there were level 10, and all are remarkable. We are beyond proud of her performance and can’t wait to see her in future competitions. Amber Lowe is a name that anyone who follows the sport should keep an eye on in the coming years.
Q: Is there anything else you can tell us about the Invitational?
Everest Gymnastics: The Nastia Liukin Cup is one of three events that make up USA Gymnastics’ Triple Cup Weekend. It has been a major launching point for many young athletes’ careers, including 2012 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas. Douglas participated in the Nastia Liukin Cup just 30 months before her Olympic sweep.