Exclusive Interview: Nastia Liukin Talks Dancing With the Stars, Fashion and More
Olympic Gymnast, Nastia Liukin has been interested in being a part of Dancing With the Stars since we first interviewed her in 2010. At the time Have U Heard interviewed Liukin for the department store, JCPenney’s, where she had just launched her fashion line. The event was for her new fashion line that focused on empowering girls. The interview was one of our first celebrity interviews, but by far the most memorable. Liukin was 21 at the time of the interview, but had a world of wisdom she shared with us. We spoke about her fashion line, Dancing With the Stars and her favorite television shows at the time and of course, gymnastics.
During the interview, Liukin shared what motivated her and what made her stick with gymnastic for all those years. One of the quotes she lived by has really stuck with me and is something I frequently think about when things get a little tough. We asked Nastia what the best advice she ever received was and she revealed,
“The best advice my mom ever gave me was to “Never Quit on a Bad Day”. It’s like that in anything in life. My mom used to tell me you could quit after you’ve had a good day – so that always got me. After having a good day, my mom would ask me if I wanted to quit and I would say, “No way”. “
This is one motto that should be taught to everyone. It’s easy to give up on a bad day, but waiting it out before making that final decision to quit is always a better solution.
Nastia Liukin may be experience some tough days ahead as she trains with her professional dance partner, Derek Hough for Dancing With the Stars. Liukin is currently attending NYU for college and will be flying back and forth to Los Angeles in order to compete on the reality show. Hough is on Broadway in New York so it’s a match made in dancing heaven.
Check out the complete interview with Nastia Liukin from 2010 below.
What do you suggest as far as empowering girls?
Nastia: My parents always taught me to set dreams and goals for myself. It wasn’t always the long term goals like the Olympic Games because obviously those can only come with time. I was definitely the kind of person that always took it one day at a time. It was the short term goals too. I always had daily, weekly and monthly goals for myself so I felt like I was achieving something on a daily basis and it wasn’t like I had no dreams except for going to the Olympics. I always make sure to have dreams and I think that’s the best way to do you really feel like you’re striving towards something and whether it’s all A’s in school or whatever it may be.