When the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics kicks off Friday, Feb. 7 on NBC, you might see a familiar face that seems out of place during the station’s never-not-streaming coverage: Nastia Liukin, the Olympic all-around gymnastics champion (and winner of five medals) at the 2008 Beijing Games.
No, Liukin hasn’t switched over to winter sports. She’s providing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle behind the Games in the by-the-Black Sea resort area of Sochi, Russia. ”I’m basically giving everybody back at home an inside perspective of being at the Olympic Games,” Liukin tells InStyle.com. “(I’ll be) going around the city and checking out local attractions, restaurants, shopping, and then doing some interactive pieces with some of the athletes.”
We caught up with Liukin to chat about what events she’s looking forward to most, and what she’s packing in her suitcase to survive Sochi’s temperamental temps.