August 15, 2008

Olympic Champions Carry Mustang Spirit

Nastia Liukin

Sara Nordenstam

SMU congratulates North Texas resident Nastia Liukin, who attended SMU in 2007 before focusing full-time on her training for the Olympics in Beijing. Liukin, who lives in Parker, Texas, near Plano, thrilled worldwide audiences and boosted U.S. pride by winning the gold medal in Women's Individual All-Around competition. She also has won three silver medals — one on Aug 13 as part of the U.S. Women's team in the Gymnastics Artistic competition, one Monday (Aug. 18) in the Women's Uneven Bars competition, and one Tuesday (Aug. 19) on the Women's Beam. In addition, she won a bronze medal on Sunday (Aug. 17) for Women's Floor Exercise.

SMU also congratulates alumna Sara Nordenstam ('06), who claimed the bronze medal on Friday morning (Aug. 15, 2008), swimming for Norway in the Women's 200-Meter Breaststroke in 2:23.02. The time also establishes a new European record.

More about Nastia Liukin:
 • The Dallas Morning News
 • MSNBC: From Russia with gold
 •  Fox News: America's Olympic Athlete of the Week
 • The New York Times
 • Sports Illustrated

More about Sara Nordenstam.

More about other SMU Olympic participants.

Read SMU Swimming Coach Steve Collins' blog.

How to train like an Olympian.

Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

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