Olympic air pistol shooting at the 2008 Olympic Games

Nino Salukvadze from Georgia is set to compete in her eighth Olympic Games when she flies out to Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Only one other woman – Josefa Idem-Guerrini, who competed for both West Germany and Italy – has competed in as many Olympics, which is a remarkable feat for Salukvadze.

But the real icing on the cake? She will be joined by her son Tsotne Machavariani, who has just been named in Georgia’s shooting team. This means the pair will be the first ever mother-son combination to compete together at the same Games.

Nino Salukvadze turned 47 in February, and has previously won three Olympic medals. When competing in 1988 Seoul Games for the Soviet Union, she won gold in the 25-metre women’s sporting pistol and silver in the 10-metre women’s air pistol.

She also won a bronze for Georgia at the 2008 Beijing Games in the 10-metre women’s air pistol. Speaking of both her and her son’s inclusion in the shooting team, she told Associated Press:

"I am very happy as the representative of the Georgian shooting federation but a million times happier as a mother that my son managed to do this."

There have been 70 previous instances of a parent and child competing at the same Olympics, but never a mother and son, so regardless of the outcome the Georgians will make history for their efforts!


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