VIDEO: Remembering When Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin Threw Out a First Pitch With a Flip for the Cubs

Tristan Jung
Nastia Liukin showed off her gymnastics skills before a Chicago Cubs game.
Nastia Liukin showed off her gymnastics skills before a Chicago Cubs game. /

With an Olympic gold medal and nine Gymnastics World Championship medals, Nastia Liukin didn't need a first pitch to cement her legacy as one of the best American athletes of the 21st century thus far.

However, before a Chicago Cubs game in July 2017, Liukin made a memorable performance by doing a full front flip before tossing the ball to the catcher.

While the pitch was off the mark, Liukin drew plenty of wows from the crowd. Liukin somehow kept her hat on despite doing a full flip on the infield, an impressive achievement.

Liukin has actually performed a flip before throwing a first pitch at multiple ballparks, including at a Los Angeles Angels game and before a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

Actually, this is something gymnasts are known for doing before throwing out first pitches. Simone Biles performed an insane backflip with a twist from a standing halt before a Houston Astros game in the 2019 World Series.

Liukin retired in 2012 and has appeared on multiple reality shows since then. While baseball fans have been waiting for the baseball season to start in late July 2020, gymnastics fans will have to wait even longer, as the Tokyo Summer Olympics are not set to begin until the summer of 2021.

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