By the decrees of the President of our country, Shavkat Mirziyoyev in honor of the 26th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a group of our compatriots who made a great contribution to the development of the country was awarded high state awards - honorary titles, orders and medals.
Among them, there is a sports gymnast, seven-time participant of the Olympic Games Oksana Chusovitina. was awarded the order "El-yurt hurmati" (Respected by nation and country). The 42-year-old Oksana Chusovitina is the most incredible athlete at the Olympics as she got an advantage of participating in the Olympic Games-2020 in the World Championships in Germany.
Chusovitina was born in 1975 in what is now Uzbekistan, and she learned gymnastics through training in the rigid Soviet Union system. She won the all-around at her first major competition -- the USSR's junior national championships -- as a 13-year-old in 1988. In 1991, at her first world championships, she earned three medals, including the gold on floor. To win that title, she mounted with a full-twisting double layout -- a move so difficult that it was named after her. It's still considered so hard that Biles, the favorite to win the 2016 Olympic title on floor, will use the same skill in her first tumbling pass -- 25 years later.
Ironically, though, Chusovitina thought her career might be over in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Uzbekistan was suddenly an independent country -- without the resources needed for developing elite gymnasts. A Unified Team was created for athletes from the former Soviet nations for the 1992 Barcelona Games, and Chusovitina made her first Olympic team in 1992. Oksana Chusovitina had already won five world medals and an Olympic gold.