CENTRAL GLENDALE — Hundreds of young fans gathered Saturday at the Glendale Galleria for a chance to meet Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin.
"We thought it would be really cool to get her autograph and see her," said 14-year-old Glendale resident Anna Hall, who came with her mom and 9-year-old sister Adella. "We really admire her passion."
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Liukin tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games by medaling in five events, including the gold medal in the all-around competition.
Since then, the 20-year-old gymnast has secured a variety of endorsement deals, including her new clothing line, "Supergirl by Nastia," a joint venture with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and JCPenney Co, which is based in Liukin's hometown of Plano, Texas.
Saturday's event was part of Liukin's multi-city tour to promote the clothes, which are designed for 8- to 12-year-old girls.
On sale now at JC Penney stores nationwide, the clothing line puts a new spin on the iconic "S" shield with a variety of colors and designs, of which Liukin helped pick out.