Liukin returning home before Olympics close

Olympics Day 12 - Gymnastics
Nastia Liukin is set to return home to Texas Thursday — three days before the Olympic closing ceremonies in Beijing. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

A Texas-sized homecoming celebration at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is planned for Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin.

Liukin, of Parker, Texas, will be feted on Thursday upon her return from Beijing.

A statement from the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and the WOGA Gymnastics Academy says Liukin and her family are scheduled to arrive Thursday afternoon on a United Airlines flight and the celebration will be held at the airport’s Terminal B, Gate 35.

The city of Parker is planning a parade on Saturday to honor the gymnast. After the parade, a reception will be held at Southfork Ranch in the Pavilion.