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The Olympic games offer so many unprecedented and unforgettable stories of record breakers and of perseverance.  Oksana Chusovitina is the epitome of both of these as she is set to break her own record when she goes to Tokyo 2020 later this month, to compete in Artistic Gymnastics, in what will be her 8th Olympic games.

At 46 Chusovitina will the oldest gymnast to ever compete, having started her Olympic journey in Barcelona in 1992.  As well as that Chusovitina has also competed under three flags, (Unified Team, Germany and Uzbekistan) something no other athlete has done.  Chusovitina has proved to women that gymnastics is not just a sport for teenagers, and in 2017, Chusovitina made even more history by becoming the first gymnast to be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame while still competing.

Two Olympic medals, nine world medals and a ticket to the 2020 Olympics with rivals such as Simone Biles, 2 years younger than her own son.  An amazing journey from an amazing athlete and whatever Oksana achieves in Tokyo, it’s already a remarkable story!

Learn more about Oksana Chusovitina here: https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/news/the-unstoppable-oksana-chusovitina