Gymnast Oksana Chusovitina is going to her SEVENTH Olympic Games
While we're all applauding Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas for making their second Olympic gymnastics team, we should all probably take a moment to recognize the sport's real timeless treasure.
And if you thought Raisman, 22, and Douglas, 20, were old for the sport, you really ain't seen nothing yet. Meet Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old who is heading to Rio for her SEVENTH Olympic games. Shockingly, there are no typos in that last sentence.
Competing for her native Uzbekistan, the 2008 vault silver medalist will look to return to the podium on her signature event and show women more than half her age how it's done. "I am feeling good," she said in an interview this week with the Associated Press.
"On the podium, everyone is the same whether you are 40 or 16. You have to go out and do your routine and your jumps. But it's a pity there are no points for age," she said.
Chusovitina, who has a son the same age as Laurie Hernandez, has previously represented Germany and the Unified team that won the gold medal in the team event in 1992. No matter how she fares in Brazil next month, she's still the ultimate inspiration for anyone who feels like they're too old to do something.
If you need me for the rest of the day, I'm just going to be watching her training videos on Instagram and feeling capable of doing anything and everything.
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