Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin just made 2021 better than 2020, jumping mid-air and from Montana’s snow. The 31-year-old five-time Olympic medalist has been spending the holiday period away from her Dallas, TX base and up at the Big Sky Country cabin she was at over the summer, with super-snowy snaps today landing on her Instagram to mark 2021. Nastia, followed by 1 million, made headlines on New Year’s Eve for kissing 2020 goodbye in a slit dress. Now it’s back to snow bunny. Check it out below.
Scroll for the photos. They came with more than the standard “Happy New Year” as Nastia was snapped outdoors and bundled up in a gold ski jacket and skin-tight spandex leggings, also sporting Moon boots matching her outerwear, plus a fluffy black headband. The 2008 all-around Olympic champion was photographed with a folded leg, then jumping for joy and mid-air while looking happy as can be.
Turns out, Nastia does the same thing every year – not necessarily the snow, but the ritual mentioned in her caption.
A caption from Nastia literally looked back at it, opening:
“Every year on december 31st, i take time to reflect on the last 365 days. but with a year like this, where we all experienced more sad and negative things, looking back is difficult. even still, i’m choosing to find gratitude in every moment, both the good and the bad.”
Nastia added that reflection is “always necessary,” likewise the lessons learned “in the grittiest moments.” And this star has had plenty this year. Scroll for her anorexia storm.
Nastia made headlines in October for showing she isn’t to be messed with. A fan DM asking the gymnast how she feels about “promoting borderline anorexia looking bodies” was not appreciated, with the Russian-born star reposting the DM as she admitted feeling both “triggered” and “p-ssed.”
“If taking pictures of my OWN body — a body that won me many Olympic medals, a body that I push each day to get stronger, a body that God gave me — is inherently promoting anorexia, then honestly, we’ve gotten to a place in the world where just BEING is offensive,” she added.
Scroll for the insane outdoor stretch!
Nastia’s 2020 ended on a high as she inked herself a movie deal in “Little Gymnasts.” The “Dancing With the Stars” alum has, last year, also teamed up with fellow gymnast Alicia Sacramone Quinn for a friendly fitness fight-off, gotten herself a dog named Harley, and launched her YouTube channel, also promoting her leotard collab and appearing in promos for brands including Olay skincare.
Nobody’s forgotten Nastia walking across a gym on her hands – and not just for a few seconds. Scroll for that after the training video.