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A Gymnast Just Competed In Her 7th Olympics So There's Nothing You Can't Do

Oksana Chusovitina is a BOSS.

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And she's medaled. She won silver in the vault during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games while competing for Germany, and she won a team gold medal as a part of the Soviet Union's team in 1992.

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Plus, she's won so many medals at various world championships it's almost impossible to count.


Given how grueling gymnastics is on the body, it's pretty amazing that she's competed in seven friggin' Olympics. And even more impressive when you learn that she did it all while being a mother, too.

Yep, Oksana has a 17-year-old son named Alisher. HER SON IS ACTUALLY OLDER THAN MANY OF HER COMPETITORS.

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And their life hasn't been easy: When Alisher was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia, which forced the family to move from their native Uzbekistan to Germany for treatment.

Other gymnasts are totally in awe of her. "I would compare her career overall to how amazingly good Simone [Biles] is," Olympian Shawn Johnson told ESPN.

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"Just like how people are assuming at this point Simone will win all-around gold in Rio, it's assumed every year Oksana will be there. And it's assumed every year she's going to medal."

Oksana's accomplishments are even more amazing considering how quickly athletes usually age out of gymnastics. Most female gymnasts retire from the sport by their mid-twenties, if not before.

And Oksana refuses to call Rio her last Olympics, either. "I feel like every year that I'm competing, I'm leaving a little part of myself behind," she told ESPN. "People will already remember me, and they'll remember me for a long time because of my longevity. I think the longevity is the best thing I can leave behind."