03. February 2018  
Plano, Texas  
Artistic Gymnastics

Dallas-based Valeri Liukin steps down as US women's gymnastics team coordinator

Also the coordinator of the women's national team for USA Gymnastics, Valeri LIUKIN, has stepped down, the latest departure to rock the embattled organization in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal centered on former team doctor Larry Nassar.
The Olympic champion (1988) and former top star of Soviet Union and the first gymnast of the world, who realized a triple somersault on floor (1987), Valeri Liukin, founder of North Texas' World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and father of gold medalist Nastia Liukin, said Friday he was stepping down after taking over for Martha Karolyi in September 2016. "The present climate causes me, and more importantly my family, far too much stress, difficulty and uncertainty," Valeri Liukin said Friday in a statement to the American media, adding that he had wanted to turn the program around.
* source: US media