Kohei Uchimura has already made history but the Japanese star is still searching for the ultimate performance as he bids to stake his claim to being the world’s greatest gymnast at the Olympics.
Since taking all-around silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, Uchimura has been undefeated, last year becoming the first man to win three consecutive world all-around titles. He says his goal is to outshine the legendary Vitaly Scherbo, who the 23-year-old believes is the greatest gymnast in history.
“It is not the results that matter,” said Uchimura. “My goal, indeed, is to perform in a way more beautiful than Scherbo’s routines. I am only thinking about the gold medal in the team event. Since the Beijing Olympics, we have only managed silver. I don’t want to feel the same disappointment any more.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2012.
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