A 46-year-old gymnast received a standing ovation over the weekend after participating in her last Olympic event, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
Oksana Chusovitina, who is competing for Uzbekistan in her eighth Olympics, was recognized by fellow gymnasts and others in attendance who gathered around her to take photos and wish her well. She failed to advance to next week's finals on vault.
The veteran gymnast has five moves named after her and has represented numerous countries, including the Soviet Union and Germany, during her career, winning 11 medals at 17 world championships. She won a gold medal in her first Olympic appearance, at the Barcelona Games in 1992, and a silver medal during the 2008 Beijing Games, at age 33, the Times reported.
After competing on vault, Chusovitina, who has hinted at retirement for several years, said she will now step away from the competition side of the sport.
Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina has officially competed at her EIGHTH Olympic Games.— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
At 46 years old, she competed for one last time and received a standing ovation from her competitors. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/qJgPTWICAD
“I think it’s time now, really,” Chusovitina said, according to the Times. “I want to be a mom and a wife.”
Former U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman shared a video of Chusovitina performing at the 1992 Barcelona games, calling her an “an icon.”
Oksana Chusovitina 1992 Olympics floor. This is Oksana Chusovitina 8th Olympics!! No words to describe how impressive that is. Forever an icon. Wishing Oksana the best of luck! I’m so excited to watch. pic.twitter.com/bif8O8ZTna— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) July 24, 2021
“Forever an icon. Wishing Oksana the best of luck!,” Raisman wrote in her post. “I’m so excited to watch.”