Paul Hamm, Nastia Liukin To Be Inducted Into International Gymnastics Hall Of Fame

By Chrös McDougall | March 08, 2018, 3:25 p.m. (ET)
Paul Hamm (L) and Nastia Liukin are pictured at the Olympic Games Athens 2004 and Olympic Games Beijing 2008, respectively.

 

Paul Hamm and Nastia Liukin are joining a new hall of fame.

The Olympic all-around champions, who are both already in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, according to a report in International Gymnast Magazine Online.

They’ll join Romania’s Andreea Raducan in being inducted at a ceremony on May 19 in Oklahoma City. Russian Alexei Nemov, who was inducted into the Hall last year but unable to attend the ceremony, will also be honored.

“I am SO honored to be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame this year...,” Liukin tweeted. “Thank you to my incredible gymnastics family for this honor I will never forget.”

The induction is the latest honor in the careers of two of the country’s most decorated gymnasts.

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Hamm made history in 2003 when he became the first U.S. man to win the world all-around title, and then he made history again the next year when he became the first U.S. man to win the Olympic all-around title. The 2004 Olympic title was later challenged due to a scoring error, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the result.

Hamm and his twin brother Morgan were both part of Team USA’s silver-medal effort in the team competition in Athens, and both were also named to the 2008 Olympic team but withdrew due to injury.

At those 2008 Games in Beijing, Liukin emerged as the women’s all-around champ following a high-profile contest with teammate Shawn Johnson, who took the silver medal.

Together Liukin and Johnson led Team USA to a team silver medal, and Liukin also won silver medals on uneven bars and balance beam and a bronze medal on floor exercise at those Games. Her five medals at those Games tied a U.S. record held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992), and later matched by Simone Biles (2016).

An attempted comeback as a bars-and-beam specialist ended for Liukin at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and she’s since gone on to a broadcasting and public speaking career. Now 28, Liukin also remains involved with gymnastics, including through the Nastia Liukin Cup for up-and-comers, which was held for the ninth time this past weekend.

Hamm, 35, is now working as a gymnastics coach and competing in ninja warrior competitions. He was featured in a 2016 episode of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” and according to his Instagram will be on a March 15 episode of USA Network’s “American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs Ninja.”

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.