She is the only child of two former Soviet champion gymnasts: The family immigrated to the United States when Nastia was two and a half years old, following the breakup of the Soviet Union ,  and settled first in New Orleans before moving to Texas. She enrolled as a freshman international business major at Southern Methodist University in January , and took a leave from classes to concentrate on preparations for the Olympic Games. She returned to campus in spring , but her travel schedule and professional commitments caused her to withdraw before the end of the semester.
She stated that she hoped to continue her studies at New York University in the future. People Magazine claimed that Liukin was in a relationship with American figure skater Evan Lysacek in a February article,  but Lysacek denied the rumors in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, stating that the two were just "very close friends.
She announced the engagement on Instagram, with a photo of her ring and her fiance in the background, with the caption "So this just happened My whole experience on the national team with USA Gymnastics was nothing but positive. Liukin's parents initially did not aspire for their daughter to become a gymnast, knowing the pressure of high-level competition firsthand, but relented when they noticed her aptitude for the sport.
In contrast to her WOGA teammates Carly Patterson and Hollie Vise , who finished first and second, respectively, Liukin suffered a fall on the uneven bars that rendered her unable to finish the routine.
She continued through the rest of the competition and, despite the incomplete bars set, finished 15th, which landed her one of the final spots on the U. By , Liukin was one of the strongest junior gymnasts in the United States. She won the junior division of the U. National Championships, as well as gold medals on three of the four events: She repeated these accomplishments in Liukin was a member of the gold-medal winning U.
She also won the all-around in the junior division of the Pacific Alliance Championships. Her scores in the junior division at the U. National Championships were competitive with those being posted by the seniors, and Marta Karolyi , the U. At the World Championships in Melbourne , she finished second in the all-around behind teammate Chellsie Memmel with a score of In event finals, she won the gold on the uneven bars and balance beam and the silver on the floor exercise.
Classic as the defending all-around champion, but falls on the uneven bars and floor resulted in a fourth-place finish. However, she scored extremely well on the balance beam and was the only competitor in the meet, junior or senior, to earn a score over It's about the journey.
National Championships, Liukin successfully defended her all-around, beam and bars titles, becoming a two-time senior national champion.
She was named to the U. However, because of an ankle injury sustained in training before the competition began, she was only able to compete on one event, the uneven bars. In spite of her injury, in the qualification round, Liukin's bars set earned a Her bars routine in team finals scored a Liukin also qualified for the event finals on bars, where she took a small step on her dismount and finished with a In July , although she was still recovering from her injury, she returned to competition as a member of the American team for the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro.
She competed only on bars and beam, contributing to the team's gold-medal finish and winning individual silver medals in the uneven bars and balance beam finals.
She posted the highest score of the entire meet on bars and the second highest score on beam on the second day of competition, winning the senior bars title for the third year in a row and placing second on beam. However, she also suffered several falls and errors on floor and vault, and finished in third place overall, more than five points behind Shawn Johnson , the all-around gold medalist.
Liukin's score for her bars routine in team finals was a However, at the end of her beam routine, her foot slipped while she was setting up her dismount, prompting her to change her usual skill, a two and a half twisting salto, to a simple back tuck.
While she lost credit for her dismount, she also avoided a deduction for a fall, and earned a The team recovered from this and other mistakes to finish first overall with In spite of a In the event finals, however, Liukin rallied and regained her world champion title on the balance beam with a score of She also earned a silver on the uneven bars behind Russia's Ksenia Semenova , scoring a