How to Qualify for the Nastia Liukin Cup

at Chow's Winter Classic

Two Level 10 athletes (one junior under age 15 and one senior age 16 or older) with the highest all-around score(s) will qualify. Senior athletes - born in 2005 or prior; Junior athletes - born 2006 or later.


Current US National Team members are ineligible.

Athletes who have been a member of the US National Team

within six months of the Nastia Liukin Cup are ineligible.

Foreign athletes are ineligible.

The invitationals participating in the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup Series are listed below.

  • Atlanta Crown Invitational, Duluth, Ga., Jan. 8-10

  • Chow’s Winter Classic Invitational, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 15-17

  • Star Struck Invitational, Atlantic City, N.J., Jan. 15-17

  • Coaches Spectacular, Covington, Ky., Jan. 15-17

  • Lady Luck Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 15-17

  • 2021 UGA Invitational, Tinley Park, Ill., Jan. 22-24

  • Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational, Orlando, Fla., Jan. 22-24

  • Fiesta Bowl Invitational, Chandler, Ariz., Jan. 22-24

  • Houston National Invitational, Galveston, Texas, Jan. 28-31

  • Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 5-7

  • Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, Greensboro, N.C., Feb. 5-7

  • Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 5-7

  • WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 5-7

  • Brestyans Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 12-14

  • Charity Choice Invitational, Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 12-15

  • Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 12-14

  • Metroplex Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 12-14

  • Presidential Classic, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 12-14

If the full invitational lineup is uninterrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, these events will feature some of the best Junior Olympic gymnasts throughout the United States as they vie for the opportunity to compete at the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup.

The 36 gymnasts who will compete in the Cup will be determined through performances at the invitationals, including Chow's Winter Classic, in the series. A total of 18 junior and 18 senior gymnasts will advance to the Nastia Liukin Cup. Senior athletes must be 16 years of age or older, and junior athletes must be 15 or younger.

The 2021 series will mark the 12th annual edition of the Cup, which was started in 2010 by 2008 Olympic all-around gold-medalist Nastia Liukin.

The date and location of the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup will be announced at a later date. Past sites include 2018, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; 2016 and 2017, Newark, N.J.; 2015, Arlington, Texas; 2014 and 2019, Greensboro, N.C.; 2013 and 2010, Worcester, Mass.; 2012, New York City; and 2011, Jacksonville, Fla.