At 46, gymnast Chusovitina bids farewell, again, after eighth Games
Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan gestures after performing on the vault in qualifications at the Tokyo Olympicmore
At 46, the Uzbek gymnast has defied all odds to compete at her eighth Olympic Games in Tokyo but following themore
With ticket-paying fans barred from the arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chusovitina missed out being givenmore
Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan is embraced by Orabi Bader, physiotherapist for Israel. "These were tears of more
Despite the disappointment on missing out on the vault final -- the only apparatus she has been competing on imore
"I had been preparing for things to end here, but it's impossible to be fully ready for ending your career," smore
Chusovitina become the Soviet all-around champion at 13 and the world champion on floor in 1991. She won gold more
Chusovitina's career also embodies the political upheaval that rocked the Soviet Union. After competing under more
Chusovitina said her longevity had been fuelled by an intense passion for gymnastics. At the 2012 London Olympmore
Chusovitina's grit and ability to adapt to changing times has awed the gymnastics community and she has often more
"No words to describe how impressive that is," Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medallist, wrote on Twitter ahemore
Now done with gymnastics, Chusovitina said she was looking forward to devoting more time to her family and opemore
Oksana Chusovitina receives a hug before leaving after competition. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
But for now, she just plans to relax in the sauna and wear a nice dress on Sunday night to celebrate her incremore
Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan prepares to perform on the vault. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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