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North Texas gymnast to be inducted into U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

BEIJING - AUGUST 15: Nastia Liukin of the United States cries on the podium after receiving the gold medal in the women’s individual all-around artistic gymnastics final at the National Indoor Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 81973210
BEIJING - AUGUST 15: Nastia Liukin of the United States cries on the podium after receiving the gold medal in the women’s individual all-around artistic gymnastics final at the National Indoor Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 81973210 Getty Images

North Texas gold medal-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Liukin is one of 13 members of the 2019 class, which will be honored at an awards dinner on Nov. 1 at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Spring, Colo.

She was the 2008 Olympic all-around champion and a five-time Olympic medalist and a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. Liukin is tied with Shannon Miller for the third-most world championship medals by U.S. gymnasts. She also is tied with Miller and Simone Biles with the most medals in a single non-boycotted Olympics.

She retired in 2012.

The 2019 Hall of Fame class includes Candace Cable (Para alpine skiing, Para Nordic skiing, Para track and field), Lisa Leslie (basketball), Misty May-Treanor (beach volleyball), Apolo Anton Ohno (short track speedskating), Erin Popovich (Para swimming), Dara Torres (swimming), Chris Waddell (Para alpine skiing, Para track and field), the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, John Carlos (legend: track and field), Tommie Smith (legend: track and field), Ron O’Brien (coach: diving) and Tim Nugent (special contributor).

Liukin is the daughter of two former Russian champion gymnast. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1991 and eventually settled in Parker, north of Dallas. She briefly attended SMU before her gymnastics career forced her to withdraw in 2008 and again in 2009.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
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