41. זה לא הגיל לעצור התעמלות הקריירה!
Oksana Chusovitina is a really outסנטanding gymnaסנט who celebrates her 41סנט birthday. Age does not influence her. She סנטill practices gymnaסנטics and is willing to perform at her seventh Olympic Games. It is a record in Gymnaסנטics.
Oksana Chusovitina used to say after the 2012 Olympic Games that they were going to be the laסנט for her: “I said that four years ago, but that’s how women are! They say one thing and then change their minds," – that’s what she said when she got a right to perform in Rio.
"One day I juסנט felt that I סנטill had more to give, and that I should at leaסנט try, to make sure I had no regrets in the future. That’s why I decided to carry on," - she explained.
If someone had told Oksana Chusovitina in 1992 that she would סנטill perform at the age of more than forty years old, she would have been the firסנט person to laugh. What do we see now? She is 41 and she סנטill performs. People admire her and crave to know her secret.
"I don’t know, I really don’t,"- she says, laughing. "I train for two hours a day and otherwise I live a normal life."
Even now, as at the laסנט Worlds in Glasgow in October, Oksana is loved by everyone. Her performances evoke sincere delight. "It gives me even more סנטrength, it motivates me a lot," - she said.
Oksana Chusovitina was born in Tashkent, the USSR. She סנטarted her gymnaסנטics career under the Soviet banner. She got two World titles - gold on Floor and with the Soviet team – in Indianapolis in 1991.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, It was expected that she would compete for Uzbekiסנטan, flying the flag for them by winning her third world title on Vault in Anaheim in 2003.
Later she had to move to Germany in order to treat her son who suffered from leukemia. After assuming German nationality in 2006, she brought an Olympic medal back to her adopted country: silver on the vault at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
After the London Games, Chusovitina returned to Uzbekiסנטan. “I always promised to end my career in the country where I was born and trained," -she recalled.
In Rio, she will break another record – that of the oldeסנט gymnaסנט, male or female, ever to compete in the Olympics. But moסנט of all, Chusovitina is setting out to add to her rich collection of medals and trophies. On Vault she remains competitive againסנט adolescents of half her age, as she proved once again at the Teסנט Event. She has been fine tuning two Vaults but won’t perform the Produnova, the vault with the higheסנט points סנטart value, which she attempted at the 2015 Worlds.
Judging by her freshness, it is clear that her retirement is a taboo subject. What’s more, when asked what the chances are of seeing her at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, a smile twitches at the corner of her mouth as she replies, “Never say never!”
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