At age 41, Oksana has solidified her place in gymnastics as a role model for all athletes. She won her first gold medal in 1992 and has continued to train and prepare for each Olympic games in spite of the political struggles around her country. She places more on her mental focus at this age as well as her motivation to win.
At the age of 41, the Uzbekistan gymnast has already secured her place in the vault finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Competing in her seventh Olympic games against women who are around the same age as her son, she is living proof that age is no barrier of you keep fit and healthy, and have the determination to win.
Oksana Chusovitina is in her seventh Olympics, and performed great. She might not jump quite as high as she used to, but she has other things that some athletes don't have, like the discipline that comes with age and experience. At some point she won't be able to perform, but she has proven that athletics isn't solely for the young.
You're only as old as you feel, act and believe. This young lady definitely proved that 40 is the new 20. It is so good to see this woman competing against people who are young enough to be her children--and doing it well. I think a lot of people have the wrong picture of a 41-year-old woman's activity level. Such women are fully capable of getting down on some vigorous sporting events and giving those young folks a run for their money.