Uzbekistan’s 44-year-old gymnast heads for ‘last’ Olympics

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Uzbekistan’s 44-year-old gymnast heads for ‘last’ Olympics

Oksana Chusovitina makes light of her record-breaking survival in a sport dominated by teen prodigies

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Aged 44 and readying for her eighth Olympics – this time in Tokyo – Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina makes light of her record-breaking survival in a sport dominated by teen prodigies.

“I love gymnastics. I tell myself: why not train and perform while you still can?” Chusovitina said during a recent interview in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan.

“If I’d stopped, I think I would have strongly regretted it.” But while the desire to compete still burns in Chusovitina, she said she has given her word to her family, whom she calls her “strongest motivation”, that the Tokyo Games this year will be her “last Olympics”...

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