The pair met in October 2008 while performing in the NBC "Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular" in Rapid City, South Dakota, which is totally a real thing.Back then he was still dating 2004 ice dancing silver medalist Tanith Belbin and Nastia had just won her hardware at the Beijing Games. Though the dancing duo would make a cute couple, Nastia Liukin is taken by a guy named Matthew Lombardi.Many confuse him with the Lombardi who is a Canadian professional ice hockey center playing with Genève-Servette of the National League A , which is the top tier league in Switzerland. According to Fab Wags, the Lombardi that Liukin is dating played hockey as well, but not to such an extent.D., while performing on the NBC special Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular -- confirm to PEOPLE exclusively that they've been dating since last summer." But just last weekend Lysacek, who won a figure skating gold medal on Thursday, said something very different. "I haven't had any time for dating while I'm training. The article now says that only Liukin -- and not "the couple" -- have confirmed the relationship.Is it possible that feelings between the two gold medalists aren't mutual? In October 2011, Liukin announced that she was returning to gymnastics with the hopes of making a second Olympic team. She represented the United States at three World Championships and one Olympic Games.
We are so overwrought by this news and the fourteen hours of ice dancing we watched since Friday that we need to go have a lie down.
Lombardi later became a sales support rep at Eaton Vance and then he founded Venture Up, where is is one of three coaches who, "who help future athletes create champion style habits through the sports they love by using resources they already have: time, passion, and technology." Lombardi graduated with a degree in marketing from Boston College in 2010.
Liukin previously dated American figure skater Evan Lysacek in 2010.
In 1994, Valeri Liukin teamed up with another former Soviet champion athlete, Yevgeny Marchenko, to open the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, Texas.
She graduated from Spring Creek Academy, located in Plano, Texas, in the spring of 2007.