“I think when someone has a purpose and is determined, then anything is possible” Oksana Chusovitina
Strong words, lived out by a 41-year-old from Uzbekistan, who is competing in Rio for her seventh Olympics. She is the oldest Olympic female gymnast in history. She took home a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and she hopes to win another next week.
Chusovitina first competed in the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona, and has competed in every Olympic games since.
This is crazy.
This woman was competing long before most Olympic hopefuls were even a twinkle in their parents’ eyes.
What a picture of perseverance. So inspirational.
The Beijing Olympics medal was a highlight for Oksana but she says that making it onto the podium was nothing compared to when she found out that her son, Alisher, was given the all-clear after battling leukemia. The now 17-year-old was treated for the disease between 2002 and 2008 and is now healthy again.
“I realized that no Olympic medal could compare to this,” Chusovitina says about her son’s good health.
Priorities in check, she presses on.
If you’ve been watching the women’s gymnastics this week, you will know that this inspiration woman slayed the competition, earning a score of 14.999 on the vault, ( I know, I know…what does 14.999 mean??? – suffice it to say that it’s an awesome score!) which qualifies her for the vault finals on Sunday, August 14th.
I will most definitely be watching this amazing woman on Sunday night.
My husband has been making fun of me because he knows that the TV will be on most hours of the day for the next three weeks. Once a gymnast, always a gymnast but I love to watch all sports competition at this level.
Despite all the controversies about the Olympics, these are three weeks that are always packed with inspiring stories and incredible athletic accomplishments . . .
. . . and I’m enjoying every minute of it!