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Gymnast Nastia Liukin Defends 'Chicken Legs' With Upside-Down Splits

By Rebecca Cukier

Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was in no mood to have her legs called "gross chicken" ones today. The 31-year-old retired athlete and five-time Olympic medalist made it clear to her 1 million Instagram followers as she defended her champion body, with a throwback photo of her upside-down in gravity-defying splits coming as a clap-back to a troll. Nastia, followed by 1 million and in the news last year for an anorexia storm, showed who's boss. Check out the drama below.

Skinny-Shaming Not Appreciated


Scroll for the photo. Nastia, last year asked by a fan how she feels about "promoting borderline anorexia looking bodies," seemingly had the haters still at it on Tuesday. The Russian-born star was playing the "Post a pic of" game that's been sweeping celebrity Instagram, with a fan asking her to share a pic of her "gross skinny chicken legs."

The legs might be skinny, but they aren't gross and Nastia had fire words as she posted in a red leotard while upside down and using her upper body strength to support herself.

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Nastia Liukin bedroom selfie

Nastia's follower got their response, all-right. The Moscow native, now living in Dallas, TX, replied:

"Unclear if you're trying to be hurtful or what, but these "gross skinny chicken legs" helped me win an olympic gold medal, huh?"

The clap-back comes amid one that made major headlines in October 2020 as Liukin admitted she felt both "triggered" and "p-ssed" over the fan DM remarking on her "borderline anorexia looking" body. In fact, the star delivered a full response showing who's boss. See it below!

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Nastia Liukin on beam

Nastia, who faced further scrutiny after the storm as fans accused her of drinking nothing but black coffee in the mornings, replied writing:

" 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."

See her donuts below, plus a video!

What She Eats

Nastia Liukin with donuts

Nastia, last year revealing she always has Oreo cookies in her pantry, has opened up on food, even saying her mom, an Olympic gymnast, raised her with a balanced mindset.

"I also remember my mom telling me, “If you want a cookie, have a cookie.” Because then you’re going to get to a point where just like you want ten cookies and you’re going to eat ten. So allow yourself to have that."

If you wonder what Simone Biles eats, see her poolside snack situation that came with quite the eyeful below.

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