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MEDIA ADVISORY: 2008 Olympic All Around Champion Nastia Liukin Visits Tampa In Advance Of 2012 Kellogg’s Tour Of Gymnastics Champions

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2008 Olympic All Around Champion Nastia Liukin Visits Tampa In Advance Of 2012 Kellogg’s Tour Of Gymnastics Champions

TAMPA, Fla. - Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic All Around Champion, is visiting the Tampa Bay area to promote the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Sunday, October 28.  Liukin will be a cast member on the 40-city post-Olympic tour highlighting the 2012 Olympic team as well as top American gymnasts from years past including members of the 2008 Olympic Silver Medal Team.

Liukin will visit Tampa including local area gym clubs on Tuesday, July 17.  Media are welcome to cover the gym club visits, where Liukin will speak with aspiring gymnasts, sign autographs and pose for photos. Media are also welcome to request live in-studio appearances, interviews or opportunities to film segments for future use.

All interested media that would like to inquire about interviews should contact:
Jessica Eckley, 813.301.6893, jeckley@tampabaytimesforum.com
Jennifer Renspie, 813.301.6716, jrenspie@tampabaytimesforum.com

When:
Gym Club Visit #1 – 12:00 – 12:45 PM
Tampa Gymnastics and Dance – 813-390-6631
Club contact: Patricia Gross
17302 Commerce Park Blvd., New Tampa, FL 33647

Gym Club Visit #2 – 1:30 – 2:15 PM
Premiere Gymnastics – 813-973-9920
Club Contact: Liz Pryor
4575 B Pet Lane,  Lutz, FL 33559

Gym Club Visit #3 – 3:30 – 4:15PM
LaFleur’s of Tampa – 813-264-5000
Club Contact: Julie LaFluer
10205 Anderson Road, Tampa, FL 33624

Who:
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Nastia Liukin’s total of five medals tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games, held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin’s Olympic medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise.  Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. She also won nine World medals in her career. Liukin has graced many magazine covers and appeared on various shows, including “Gossip Girl,” “Make It or Break it,” and the feature film, “Stick It.” She was also chosen as one of 2009′s most influential women by MSN Lifestyle. Coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988 including two gold, Liukin plans to attend NYU where she said she is considering pursuing a degree in Sports Management.

Background:
The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions will be unlike any gymnastics tour ever produced, providing fans with a high-flying, dynamic experience that will celebrate the sports’ beauty and skill.  Bigger and better than ever, the show’s format will pair elite gymnastics skill with modern performance art that will push the boundaries of athleticism and keep fans cheering for more.  2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will lead an impressive cast, including members of the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic teams.  And with performances by local gymnasts in each market, the Kellogg’s Tour will highlight and celebrate the sport at every level.

Tickets:
Ticket prices are $25.00, $35.00, $48.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $200.00 (service charges are not included) and may be purchased at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Ticketmaster.com. In recognition of Visa’s long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment.

Sponsors:
Kellogg Company. Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of snacks and frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands – produced in 17 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries – nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It®, Coco Pops®, Corn Flakes®, Eggo®, Frosted Flakes®, Kashi®, Keebler®, Kellogg’s®, Mini-Wheats®, Pop-Tarts®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, and many more. To learn more about Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives and rich heritage, please visit www.kelloggcompany.com.

Hilton HHonors. Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, honors its 30 million members by allowing them to turn earned points into experiences worth sharing. In addition to redeeming HHonors points forcomplimentary hotel stays, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions, and more. HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘Points & Miles’ and ‘No Blackout Dates’ at more than 3,750 hotels worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at www.HHonorsGlobalMediaCenter.com.

Procter and Gamble. P&G touches and improves the lives of about 4.4 billion people around the world with its portfolio of trusted, quality brands. The Company’s leadership brands include Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, and Ambi Pur®. With operations in about 80 countries, P&G brands are available in more than 180 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

AEG Facilities. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEGentities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. For more information, please visit www.aegworldwide.com.

Organization:
USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States.  Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport.  Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics.  For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.

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