In the youth dominated sport of Gymnastics, you’re considered a veteran at the age of 25 for men and even younger for women. Most gymnasts stop competing before they even hit their mid-20’s. Tell that to Oksana Chusovitina and Iordan Iovtchev who, at 37 and 39 respectively, are vying for spots on the podium at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Oksana Chusovitina of Team Germany is competing in her 6th Olympic Games. At the age of 17, she initially helped the Unified Team win a gold medal in 1992. Just a mere nine months prior to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, she gave birth to a son and still made the Olympic Team. While neither she nor her team placed, it’s still an amazing feat to be able to get yourself into Olmypic training mode after childbirth. At 33 in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she won a silver medal on vault. This time, in London, she’s hoping to perform even better and win another gold. Watch Oksana tonight as she competes for another Olympic medal in vault, her specialty event.
This is also Iordan Iovtchev’s 6th Olympic Games. He made his debut at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, went on to win a bronze medal in Sydney and a silver medal for rings in Athens. The 39 year old Bulgarian competed last Saturday in the qualifiers with a partially broken wrist and a partially torn bicep to give hope to future generations of gymnasts. He thought it was going to be his last performance, until he saw his name on the Finals list for rings. Catch Iordan on Monday, August 6 as he competes for another Olympic medal in the rings event final.
As Sean mentioned before, we have had a small taste of gymnastics at Intrepid. We’ve had our struggles with pullups, ring dips, pullovers and muscle ups so we can appreciate the beauty of complete body control and flexibility these Olympic gymnasts have displayed. These two specific athletes are shining examples of what can be accomplished regardless of age. With enough determination, you can attack and overcome those hurdles. Keep that in mind as you prepare yourself for the week ahead.
REST DAY 08.05.2012