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Nastia Liukin – Sportswoman of the Year

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Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin was honored today (Oct. 14, 2008) in New York as the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year.

Nastia won 5 medals this summer at the Beijing games including Gold in the All Around. Teammate Shawn Johnson, who won her fair share of medals, too, was also in appearance this evening.

U.S. softball player Jessica Mendoza was honored as Team Sportswoman of the Year at the foundation’s 29th Annual Salute to Women in Sports.

Others nominated for the individual Sportswoman award were: Mao Asada, figure skating; Veronica Campbell-Brown, track; Natalie Coughlin, swimming; Ashley Fiolek, motocross; Allison Fisher, billiards; Yelena Isinbayeva, pole vault; Lorena Ochoa, golf; Lindsey Vonn, downhill skiing; and Rebecca Ward, fencing.

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Strug and Chastain to Run the NYC Marathon

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Two notable Olympians of the past, Brandi Chastain and Kerri Strug, will be donning orange laces and helping raise money for a good cause on November 2, 2008 as they run in the New York City Marathon sponsored by ING.

Soccer star, Brandi Chastain, who was part of the US Womens Soccer team for 13 years (1991-2004) is most remembered for her part in the US win over China in the 1999 World Championship. Her famous celebratory removal of her jersey is one of the most memorable images in sport.

Kerri Strug is best known for her courageous vault at the 1996 Olympics where she landed on one foot in pain. Her ankle was severely sprained yet she chose to do a second vault in order to help the US and her Magnificent Seven teammates win team gold.

The two will join others in the ING Run for Something Better campaign to help community and school based youth running programs. Running is one of the least expensive and easiest sports to get kids hooked on! It is another effort to help teach children the benefits of exercise and to try combat childhood obesity trends.

You can help support ING Run for Something Better and get your own orange laces.

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Set your DVR for October 12, 2008 to ABC from 4-6 PM as Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Alicia Sacramone, Samantha Pezsek, Chellsie Memmel and other members of USA Gymnastics put on a star studded gymnastics event in conjunction with Frosted Pink with a Twist.

The event, which was organized to raise awareness and money for women’s cancers, was taped in San Diego on September 14. Frosted Pink with a Twist brings together sports, music and celebrities for a great cause and a wonderful show.

The show is hosted by Olympic greats Mary Lou Retton, Shannon Miller and Scott Hamilton. Musical artists include: Cyndi Lauper, Natasha Bedingfield, KSM, Carole King and more.

For photos of the “Pink Carpet” event, check out this whole group of them on Flickr.

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