Oksana Chusovitina

Oksana Chusovitina, 39, eyes record seventh Olympics in Rio


source: Getty ImagesOksana Chusovitina already shares the record for most Olympic appearances in gymnastics. She’d like to have it all to herself in two years.

“I hope to make my seventh Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and seven is my favorite number,” said the Uzbek Chusovitina, who won vault silver at the Asian Games on Wednesday (video here), according to Xinhua News Agency.

Chusovitina, 39, and Bulgaria’s Jordan Jovtchev both competed in their sixth Olympics at London 2012. Jovtchev then retired, but Chusovitina is still going. Normally a vault specialist, she wants to compete in the all-around at the World Championships in October.

Chusovitina has competed for the Soviet Union, Unified Team, Germany and Uzbekistan. She won 11 World Championship medals and two Olympic medals, but all of the hardware since 1992 has come on vault.

She hasn’t competed on all four events and qualified for a global championship all-around final since the 2008 Olympics, when she finished ninth for Germany.

Chusovitina finished fifth in the World Championships vault final last year, behind winner McKayla Maroney.

If she could win a medal in Rio, she would own Olympic medals from three different decades. The record for most Olympic appearances across all sports is 10.

“Age is just a number, and I keep doing it not for a living but because I love the sport,” Chusovitina said, according to Xinhua. “When I come to the podium I feel like a fish in the water.”

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David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

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The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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