Oksana Chasotina, a 46-year-old gymnastics legend, shed tears as she approached her career at the Olympics on Sunday.
With eight ambulances mounted on his tweezers to mark his record in most Olympic matches, Chuno Vetina fell short of the Olympic gymnastics final with a score of 14,166.
Following the competition, Chasotina, who competed in her first Olympics in 1992 and represented Uzbekistan, climbed the vault runway and was greeted by a small crowd of gymnasts and coaches.
“It was really good,” he said. “I shed tears of joy because so many people have been with me for so long.”
Chasotina’s famous Olympic career began in 1992, five years before the birth of Simon Byles, when he competed against a unified team of former Soviet athletes who had won gold medals this year. In his career, he has represented Uzbekistan and Germany.
Chassotina won a silver medal in the vault in 2008 against Germany.
Chusovitina has also won 11 world medals and named five skills after her.
After announcing that she would retire after the 2012 Olympics, Chasotina – who was inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2017, said it was the final time.
“I’m 46,” Chusovitina said. “Nothing is going to change my mind.” My son is 22 years old and I want to spend time with him.
“I want to be a mother and a wife.”