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Gymnast Nastia Liukin Ditches Leotard for Waders & Fly Fishing

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By Gary Trock

Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin is proving she's a natural in the great outdoors and just had her first fly fishing experience. The 30-year-old model, spokesperson and influencer has been posting on her blog and social media about her family trip to Montana, which has included tons of Instagram-worthy moments. Liukin's 1 million fans have been delighted to follow along the journey and experience Big Sky Country along with the famed Olympic gold medalist as she gets down and dirty.

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Gone Fishin'

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Nastia Liukin is used to showing off her fashion looks, which are usually glamorous and sexy shots comprised of the hottest designers and newest trends. However, her look in Montana was admittedly off-brand, but not any less amazing thanks to the Olympic gymnasts great attitude.

"different kind of ootd 🎣," Liukin captioned her photo while standing ankle-deep in a river and wearing a snazzy pair of waders.

She was also wearing a standard-issue fly fishing vest for storing all her gear while out hooking lunkers.

Daddy's Girl

Nastia Liukin also revealed a special treat to her fans when she shared that her fly fishing "coach" was none other than her famous father, Olympic champion Valeri Liukin.

"and if you’re wondering his coaching was just as technical as it was while trying to learn my olympic bar routine," Nastia captioned a photo of herself and Valeri with all their fishing gear.

53-year-old Valeri was Nastia's personal coach throughout her illustrious gymnastics career after he dominated for the Soviet Union in the 1988 Olympic games.

Generations of Gymnastics

Valeri Liukin on 1987 Soviet stamp
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Nastia Liukin was destined to be an Olympic champion because she was literally created by two of the greatest in their sport. Along with Valeri Liukin's storied gymnastics career for the Soviet Union in the 80s, Nastia's mother was very famous. Anna Kotchneva was a world champion in rhythmic gymnastics and was especially skilled in juggling clubs.

Both parents were extremely supportive of Nastia throughout her gymnastics career and were by her side when she won gold in the 2008 Beijing games.

World Champion Parents

Nastia Liukin and Valeri Liukin
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Valeri Liukin also admitted that his daughter "fixed" the mistake of a Liukin missing out on the all-around gold medal after he lost it at the Seoul Olympic games. Nastia has spoken about her father being a very "tough coach," but told ABC News back in 2008 that after she "hops off the beam" he's just a regular dad.

"To share that Olympic gold with him made all the difference in the world to me," she told ABC News.

Nastia added, "For him to be able to be here with me, he's the one who'd gotten me to this point. Without him I know I wouldn't have accomplished what I have."

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