Nastia Liukin- Gymnast

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gymnastics commentator for NBC television broadcast
  • New York University Graduate
  • 2015-2016 “Dancing With The Stars” contestant
  • 2012 Headlined the post-Olympic Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions
  • 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
  • 2012 U.S. National Championships
  • 2008 Olympic Games (Beijing, China): Individual All-Around Gold; Balance Beam Silver; Uneven Bars Silver; Team Silver; Floor Exercise Bronze
  • 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials: 1st UB; 2nd AA, FX; 3rd BB
  • 2008 Visa U.S. National Championships: 1st UB, Beam; 2nd AA
  • 2008 & 2006 Tyson American Cup Champion
  • 2007 World Championships: 1st Team, BB; 2nd UB
  • 2007 Pan American Games: 1st Team; 2nd UB, Beam
  • 2007 Visa U.S. National Championships: 1st UB; 2nd BB; 3rd AA
  • 2006 & 2005 Visa U.S. National Champion
  • 2006 World Championships: 2nd Team, UB
  • 2005 World Championships: 1st UB, BB; 2nd AA, FX

BACKGROUND

The story of 2008 Olympic Champion gymnast Anastasia “Nastia” Liukin is that of the true American dream.  Born in Moscow, Russia to Valeri and Anna, both champion gymnasts for Russia, the Liukin’s moved to the U.S. when Nastia was two and a half years old.  Valeri won four medals, including two gold, at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, and Anna is the 1987 rhythmic gymnastics World Champion.

Throughout her career, Nastia was a key member of the U.S. team. Nastia has won nine World medals (four gold & five silver), and five Olympic medals, making her one of the most celebrated gymnasts in U.S. history.

In 2009, USA Gymnastics and Nastia Liukin announced a partnership to create the Nastia Liukin Cup, which would provide a competitive opportunity for the country’s top Junior Olympic gymnasts. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Cup go into the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.

In 2016, Nastia was a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” where she came in 4th place with partner Derek Hough. In May of 2016, she graduated from NYU with a Bachelor’s Degree where she studied sports management. She has also worked and earned the position to work as a television commentator for numerous NBC sporting events, including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Nastia is fluent in both English and Russian and has a strong interest in fashion, business, & philanthropy. She has most recently launched a YouTube channel and remains committed to sharing a her love of fitness, beauty, fashion and a healthy lifestyle at nastialiukin.com.

It is important to Nastia to share her journey to the Olympic Games, how she overcame the many obstacles along the way, found inspiration after retiring, and helping to empower young girls trying to find their own path in life. Now based in Dallas, she speaks at corporate engagements, Universities, philanthropic events, and more.

Instagram: @NastiaLiukin

Twitter: @NastiaLiukin

Alex Puccio – Rock Climbing

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20-time World Cup medalist
  • 11-time National Champion: Bouldering
  • 2017 ascent of “New Baseline” in Magic Wood Switzerland (8B+ (V14))
  • 2014 World Championship Silver medalist: Bouldering
  • 3-time Rock Master Champion
  • 2014 First female ascent of “The Wheel of Chaos” Rocky Mountain National Park (8B+ (V14))
  • 2014 First female ascent of “Jade” Rocky Mountain National Park (8B+ (V14))
  • 2014 First female ascent of “Top Notch” Rocky Mountain National Park (8B(V13))
  • 2014 First female ascent of “Black Lung” Joe’s Valley (8B(V13))

BACKGROUND

Alex Puccio is one the world’s strongest climbers. Besides an impressive list of podium finishes at the World Cup and nearly a decade of dominance at ABS Nationals, Alex is the only woman to ever climb multiple V14s and ranks among the world’s top boulderers regardless of gender.

At age 13, Alex started climbing with her Mother at a local gym in Texas and her passion exploded into dominance in the sport.

Suffering a spinal cord injury during competition in 2016, a new light was shed on her love for climbing and her passion for life and adventure. After an emergency spinal cord fusion and a short hiatus from climbing, Alex won her first Pro Bouldering Competition just three and a half months later.

With the addition of climbing to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Alex is currently training with USA Climbing to make history and be one of the first two American women to ever qualify to the Games. Showing the next generation that breaking boundaries and overcoming obstacles is possible is her overall goal in giving back to the sport that has taught her so much.

Alex loves to travel as climbing has taken her all over the world to some of the most unique places where she has learned exciting new cultures, seen spectacular views, and learned the history of each place.

Outside of sport, she is passionate about baking healthy sweets and is very conscious about what she fuels her body with. Her mini-Australian Shepard, Leo, is her trusted sidekick and companion on many of her journeys.

Facebook: Alex Puccio              Instagram: @Alex_Puccio89        Twitter: @alex_puccio

 

Tara Lipinski- Figure Skating

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Current NBC Commentator & Analyst
  • Actress in HBO “Kidding” series
  • 2010-2012 Broadcaster & Analyst with Universal Sports
  • New York Times Best Selling Author
  • 2001 World Ice Challenge Champion
  • Headlined shows such as Stars on Ice, Champions on Ice, and Ice Wars
  • 1999 World Professional Figure Skating Champion
  • 1998 Olympic Champion
  • 1998 Champion Series Final Champion
  • 1997 World Champion
  • 1997 U.S. National Champion
  • 1997 Grand Prix Champion
  • 1996 Grand Prix Champion

BACKGROUND

Tara Lipinski, the internationally acclaimed figure skater who won over the world’s hearts when she earned the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics – earning her the distinction as the youngest individual Gold Medalist ever in Winter Games history – has applied the same grace, finesse and assiduous character as a role model to empower a whole generation of young girls to achieve any goal they set their minds to. Tara was also recognized as the youngest ever World Figure Skating Champion and United States Champion. In the now 22 years since her Olympic triumph, Lipinski takes the same championship-style approach to her new roles as a TV sports commentator for NBC, NBC Sports and Universal Sports, an actress, a philanthropist and more. In following her love for performance as a popular professional ice skater into these new high-profile jobs, it is clear Lipinski was born to be a performer both on the ice and on the screen.

Today, Tara is NBC’s prime time figure skating TV Analyst, covering events like the World Figure Skating Championships, the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships and will cover the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After her huge success at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia with NBC Sports, she was promoted to the NBC prime time team for the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. Aside from figure skating, NBC has enlisted Tara for their live event coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Superbowl XLIX and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Previous to her role at NBC, Tara attended multiple Olympic Games where she worked with many of the world’s top media outlets and partnered with sponsors, further burnishing her global stature as an iconic Olympian of accomplishment and inspiration.

Tara married longtime boyfriend, Todd Kapostasy, in June 2017 and they reside in Los Angeles, CA.

Shannon Miller- Gymnast

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Host of Shannon Miller Lifestyle radio (1-hour weekly show 2010-2016)
  • 2012 London Olympic Games Analyst with Yahoo! Sports
  • 2010 DVD Shannon Miller Body After Baby & Shannon Miller Fit Pregnancy
  • Presenter at televised events such as Kids Choice Awards, Golden Goggles, Southern Sports Awards, & Frosted Pink with a Twist
  • New York Times Best Selling Author
  • 2004 Athens Olympic Games NBC Gymnastics Commentary
  • 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Analyst with MSNBC
  • 1996 Olympic Games: Team Gold & Balance Beam Gold
  • 1995 World Championships: Team Bronze
  • 1995 Pan-Am Games: Team, All-Around, Uneven Bars, & Floor Exercise Champion; Vault Silver
  • 1994 World Championships: All-Around & Beam Gold, Team Silver
  • 1993 World Championships: All-Around, Floor Exercise & Uneven Bar Gold
  • 1992 Olympic Games: All-Around & Beam Silver; Team, Floor Exercise & Uneven Bar Bronze
  • 1991 World Championships: Team & Uneven Bars Silver

BACKGROUND

Shannon Miller remains the Most Decorated Gymnast in American History. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice! [Individual (2006) and Team (2008)]

Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. In 1993/94 Shannon became the first US gymnast to ever win back to back World All-Around Titles and she is the first American female to medal in the individual all-around of a non-boycotted Olympics. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam. She is the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal at a fully-attended Summer Games and cemented her place as the most accomplished gymnast, male or female, in U.S. Olympic history.

After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. She then moved from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.

Shannon launched her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women in July, 2010. She continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon’s seeks to empower women to make their health a priority through education and awareness.

In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. Shannon has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment and continues to empower women to make their health a priority. Shannon is currently cancer free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection.

Shannon recently released her new book It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life. In her inspirational memoir Shannon encourages and empowers others to break through and overcome their own personal challenges.

Shannon remains involved with the sport of gymnastics and the Olympics as a commentator and analyst. In addition, She has partnered with Mancino Mats to create the Shannon Miller Collection (Training Tomorrow’s Legends) of gymnastics mats and padding. She has also partnered with Alpha Factor to create her personal line of fitness and gymnastics apparel that helps athletes look great and feel confident.

Shannon and her husband, John Falconetti have two children, son Rocco (2009) and daughter Sterling (2013).

Twitter: @ShannonMiller96       Facebook: Shannon Miller         Instagram: @ShannonMiller96

Order Shannon’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-About-Perfect-Competing/dp/B01L98JGZQ

Tom Scott – Karate

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Awarded World Karate Federation Spot for Tokyo Olympics
  • 10-time U.S. Open Champion
  • 15-time U.S. National Champion
  • 6-time North American Cup Champion
  • 5-time Pan American Karate Champion
  • 3-time Karate 1 Premier League Champion
  • 8-time Wado Senior World Champion
  • 2019 Pan American Games Champion
  • 2019 Karate 1 Montreal Gold medal
  • 2019 Karate 1 Dubai Bronze medal
  • 2018 North American Cup Champion
  • 2018 Karate 1 Bronze medal
  • 2016 Paris Open – Gold (First American to win in 16 years)
  • 2015 Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • 2014 Graduate with Masters Degree from University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2012 Graduate with Bachelors Degree from Texas Christian University

ACCOLADES

  • 5-time USA Karate Male Athlete of the Year
  • Most decorated karate athlete for Team USA
  • First American to be ranked #1 in the World under the WKF ranking system

BACKGROUND

Growing up in Texas, Tom tried all sports but fell in love with karate at the age 8. His instructors quickly became his role models and mentors as he started showing promise within the sport.

Tom quickly rose in ranks and entered the competitive adult karate at 18 years old. Since then he has taken home a number of titles including 5-time Pan American Champion, 10-time USA National Champion, 6-time North American Cup Champion among many others. He is currently the most decorated karate athlete for Team USA.

With karate making its debut in the Olympic Games in 2020, Tom is looking to etch his name in the history books for the United States. The sport of karate started in Japan and will bring the sport full circle with the 2020 Games being held in Tokyo.

Tom hopes to bring a much larger audience and appreciation to the sport he loves. Tom teaches Karate at the Academy of Classical Karate in Plano, Texas, and loves helping many kids and adults build better lives through the study of karate.  

In 2012, Tom graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and in 2014 he received his Masters Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Texas Christian University.

Outside of karate, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He is a major fan of all Dallas sports teams and an avid TCU Horned Frog fan. Additionally, Tom is very passionate about his faith and loves sharing his journey with others.