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Age is just a number, and a magnitude of experience is an adage to remember. For the gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, she stands as an epitome of what one can achieve if passion reigns supreme. Even at 48 years old, Oksana Chusovitina is out and about and her swansong in Paris was slated to be one to be remembered for the ages. While this fact of the matter prevails, there is a gloomy foreboding as well. Chusovitina, recognized for her extraordinary career spanning more than three decades, encountered a major obstacle this year. Her aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics in Paris were shattered, but her spirit continues to look forward with smiles.

Chusovitina’s tough mindset was revealed through her latest Instagram stories. She had suffered at the Asian Gymnastics Championships, but her reactions to the supporters demonstrated her constant will. “Are you going to try for 2028 Olympics?” a fan inquired. She answered boldly with one word, “Yes!!!”. This hints at plans of Oksana Chusovitina thinking ahead to display her ability as the current injury will set her back for a brief while. With recuperation the name of the game, fans took to sending her oodles of love as well for the champion.

Moreover, in the next story when a fan noted, “Just sending ❤️ take care and maybe 2028🔥,” Chusovitina responded with an optimistic “Maybe!!!” However, many are still inspired by her challenging yet rewarding path. Her answers show that she still hopes to heal and come back stronger for the 2028 Olympics.

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The 48-year-old was up against her defiant final redeemer to guarantee a spot at the 2024 Olympic Games. She held onto hope as the Asian Gymnastics Championships in Tashkent approached, reiterating her catchphrase, “The main thing is not to give up.” She had to perform exceptionally well, taking first place in the all-around standings, to qualify for her ninth Olympic Games. Her hopes were, however, crushed the day before the big event when she conveyed the sad news.

An emotional Instagram note disclosing loss was shared by Oksana Chusovitina. “My dear friends, fans, and everyone who loves gymnastics! Unfortunately, I have some sad news for you. Yesterday, while training on the podium of the Asian Championships… I was injured during the floor exercise,” she reported. Chusovitina tried her best, but the injury would not let her take part in the event. She shared a heartfelt long message for missing a session and urged encouragement for her fellow competitors. However, Oksana Chusovitina has come a long way, from a teen prodigy to now!

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Oksana Chusovitina route inundated with memories and overcoming odds

Despite being inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2017, Oksana Chusovitina still has a strong love for gymnastics. “I just can’t get enough of it,” she remarked in March. She adores every aspect of the sport, including training and contests. “It is my air to breathe,” she continued. Chusovitina is a believer in doing what makes one happy. Her favorite memory isn’t winning world titles or the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. Rather, it is her son Alisher’s leukemia healing. In 2002, a diagnosis was made. “It easily shakes all the other sweet memories,” she stated.

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After relocating to Germany to receive treatment for Alisher, Oksana Chusovitina obtained German citizenship, competed for Germany at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and won a silver medal in the vault. She then went back to represent Uzbekistan. Chusovitina, who represented Uzbekistan in the last two Olympics, launched a gymnastics academy and free school in Tashkent in March. From China, where she trained before the Asian Championships, she remarked, “Every time I see them, I remember myself at the same age.” Chusovitina declared in March that she was not keen on looking ahead to the upcoming season of gymnastics. She added, “I don’t want to look further into next season at the moment. What I want now is to make my current job well.” 

However, Oksana Chusovitina is still serious about competing in the 2028 Olympics, despite the setback and thoughts of refurbishing her game. She has a strong spirit and a steadfast dedication to the sport she loves, which is apparent in her replies to followers on Instagram. The gymnastics community will be keeping a close eye on her progress as she trains and inspires others.