46-year-old gymnast Oksana Chusovitina gets a standing ovation after taking part in her eighth Olympic Games
Oksana Chusovitina, a gymnast from Uzbekistan, competed in her eighth Olympic Games this week. The record breaking 46-year-old received a standing ovation after participating in her last Olympics.
The Olympian has been taking part in the Games since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and represents the Commonwealth of Independent States after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This team, also known as the Unified Team, consisted of representatives from the former Soviet republics.
Both the men’s and women’s unified teams won gold medals in the all-round tournament at the Barcelona games.
Chusovitina later represented Uzbekistan and Germany at the following Summer Olympics.
In 2006 she became a German citizen and won the silver medal for the country at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She moved to Germany in 2002 when her son Alisher was diagnosed with leukemia and treated there after the Olympic Games Website.
In 2013 she competed for Uzbekistan again. Her husband, Bakhodir Kurbanov, is also an Olympian and represented Uzbekistan in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1996 and 2000.
During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Chusovitina became the first female gymnast to compete in seven Olympic Games, according to the Olympic website.
Chusovitina also set a record when she won a silver medal at the Asian Games in 2018, becoming the oldest female gymnast to win a medal at the Games.
When the 2020 Olympics were postponed due to the pandemic, she vowed to wait and compete next year. “I want to compete and retire in Tokyo,” she said, according to the Olympic website.
“I take it step by step to see how far my body will take me physically,” said Chusovitina before the games. “Of course I want to do more, otherwise I wouldn’t train.”
Chusovitina competed with two jumps during the qualifying round in Tokyo and achieved an average score of 14,166. Unfortunately, the score wasn’t high enough to advance, but her performance was rewarded with a standing ovation.
After the event, Chusovitina said she didn’t even look at the results. “It was really nice. I cried tears of joy because so many people have supported me for a long time,” she said. accordingly the International Gymnastics Federation. “I haven’t looked at the results, but I’m very proud and happy. I’m saying goodbye to the sport.”
Fellow athletes praised the gymnast, and Team USA’s women’s gymnastics team took a photo with her in Tokyo.
“That [Team USA] Women were lucky enough to get a photo while training with Oksana Chusovitina as she prepares for her record breaking 8th Olympic Games! As she says: ‘I just got better, like good wine,’ “the team shared on Instagram.
Olympian Aly Raisman, who last competed in the Rio Olympics, shared a 1992 video by Oksana Chusovitina. “This is Oksana Chusovitina’s 8th Olympic Games !!” Raisman tweeted.“No words to describe how impressive this is. An icon forever. I wish Oksana the best of luck!
Chusovitina also reported on her last Olympic Games. “It was very difficult to talk about, I thought it would be a lot easier,” she wrote on Instagram in Russian and English.
She said her sports life has had “ups and downs” and “tears of joy and tears of sadness, but I don’t regret it for a minute.”