Georgian Mother and son shooters aim to make history at Olympics
27 July, 2016
Georgian Mother and son shooters aim to make history at Olympics
Going into her eighth Olympics, former shooting champion Nino Salukvadze has plenty of reasons to be proud of her long career, AP reports.

She has something even more special to celebrate in Rio de Janeiro: She and her 18-year-old son will both be competing.

While there have been previous cases of parents and their children competing at the same games, this is believed to be the first time a mother and son will participate in the same Olympics.

Going into
her eighth Olympics, former shooting champion Nino Salukvadze has plenty of reasons to be proud of her long career.

She has something even more special to celebrate in Rio de Janeiro: She and her 18-year-old son will both be competing.

While there have been previous cases of parents and their children competing at the same games, this is believed to be the first time a mother and son will participate in the same Olympics.

Salukvadze's son, Tsotne Machavariani, shot a personal best in the 10-meter air pistol at the European championships in February to snatch a surprise Olympic qualifying spot.

"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," the 47-year-old Salukvadze told The Associated Press.
geotv.ge
In the 28 years since she won a 25-meter pistol gold medal for the Soviet Union at the 1988 Seoul Games, Salukvadze and her family have kept Olympic shooting alive in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Salukvadze and her father handle the coaching at a tiny range in the basement of the Sports Ministry which she helped pay to build. The main hall is bedecked with her medals, but the range can hold only five shooters at a time, meaning mother and son often head abroad to train at more modern facilities.

Over the decades, Vakhtang Salukvadze has mentored his daughter and grandson as they became world-class shooters, but he won't be going to Rio because of his age.

"His dream always was to see me and my son competing at the same Olympic Games. We made his dream true earlier then he thought," Nino Salukvadze said. "He's 85 and taking into account the Brazilian weather and the length of the flight, it was decided that he'll stay home."

Salukvadze briefly became a celebrity during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which took place during a war between Georgia and neighboring Russia. After winning a bronze medal, she kissed a Russian shooter on the podium in a demonstration of peace.

"Why did it surprise everyone so much?" she said. "We're athletes. There's no conflict between us."

In the 120-year history of the modern Olympics, it has not been uncommon for fathers and sons to compete at the same games, a reflection of the historical preponderance of men's events on the program, but mother-child partnerships are much rarer.

Olympic historian Bill Mallon said there have been 56 cases of fathers and sons at the same games, 12 of father and daughter, two of mother and daughter, but none of mother-son — until now.

While Salukvadze won gold at her first Olympics, her son said he's not under pressure to match her achievement.
geotv.ge
Nino Salukvadze carries Georgian flag at the London 2012 opening ceremony

"My mother tells me that although she was almost my age when she won her Olympic gold, she represented the Soviet Union at that time and had better training conditions, more experience in tournaments," he said. "She tells me that we do not have that luxury and she does not demand any results from me. I think this her way to calm me down and minimize my nervousness during the tournament."

While she can provide on-the-spot coaching, any motherly advice will remain a family secret, Machavariani said with a smile, AP informs.

"At the Olympics I will be representing my mother, my country and myself," he said.

Related Story:

President and First Lady support Georgian Olympians dressed in their outfit
Print
Other Stories
CNN: Graham Rowntree and Milton Haig about Georgian Rugby
Graham Rowntree, a former English rugby player and a current forwards coach of the Georgian National Rugby Team speaks about Georgian rugby in the CNN’s one of the recent articles.
The New York Times: Zaza Pachulia among 5 stars of the 2003 NBA Draft class outlasting their peers
The New York Times has recently published an article about the draft experiences of five NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver and Carmelo Anthony, and Zaza Pachulia in 2003.
Nikoloz Basilashvili knocked out of Australian Open
The Australian Open kicked off on the 8th of January.
Australian Open kicks off: Nikoloz Basilashvili wins two matches
The Australian open commenced on the 8th of January.
Georgian Levan Tsurtsumia named N1 athlete of the US
Georgian weightlifter Levan Tsurtsumia is a very famous athlete in the US.
Despite injury, Tochinoshin plans to compete in New Year Basho
New Year Basho will take place between the 13th and 27th of January in Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, Japan.
Nikoloz Basilashvili among the World’s Top 20 players
ATP has recently published updated tennis player rankings.
Nikoloz Basilashvili praised as “the greatest hitter” by Novak Djokovic
The Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili lost to the No1 Serbian Novak Djokovic (6:4, 3:6, 4:6) in the quarterfinal of the Qatar Open 2018.
Nikoloz Basilashvili defeats the Russian Andrey Rublev in the Qatar Open
Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili claimed his second win of the Qatar Open by beating the No 68 seed Russian Andrey Rublev (6:3, 6:4).
Junior Zaza Pachulia players preparing for a pro basketball
Data and Saba are the sons of the famous Georgian and international basketball player Zaza Pachulia.
Georgian Wrestling added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Georgian Wrestling (Chidaoba) has been added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, - the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia has said.
Toma Tabatadze: Georgian Football Star in Turkey
Georgian football player Toma Tabatadze has recently become a star in Turkey.
Tochinoshin's beautiful wedding in Japan
Tochinoshin is a Georgina sumo wrestler making his career in Japan.
November Basho is over: Tochinoshin gets Kachi Koshi
On the 25th of November, the fifteenth bout of Tochinoshin took place.
Eighth victory and Ozeki title maintained by Tochinoshin
Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin came out victorious from today’s fourteenth bout and maintained a positive balance at the Kyushu Basho.
Seventh victory of Tochinoshin on the thirteenth day of Kyushu Basho
Georgian Sumo wrestler Tochinoshin maintained seventh victory today, on the thirteenth day of Kyushu Basho.
Day XII: Tochinoshin loses
Today on the 22nd of November, Levan Gorgadze or Tochinoshin lost the bout against Takayasu.
Tochinoshin wins eleventh bout and maintains positive balance
Tochinoshin's annual largest victory has been determined today. Tochinoshin has the largest number of victories this year among other Sumo wrestlers.
Tochinoshin wins fifth bout at the Kyushu Basho
Today Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin has won the bout and now his balance on the Kyushu Basho is 5:5.
Georgia defeats Kazakhstan at UEFA Nations League
On the 19th of November, Georgia defeated Kazakhstan at the UEFA Nation League with a score of 2:1.
Tochinoshin loses a bout with komosubi Takakeisho
Today Georgian Sumo wrestler Tochinoshin was defeated by komosubi Takakeisho on the ninth day of the November Basho.
Day VIII: Tochinoshin wins
On the 18th of November, the Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin won a bout against Ryūden Gōshi.
Tochinoshin loses fourth bout at the November Basho
The seventh bout was unsuccessful for the Georgian Sumo wrestler Tochinoshin Levan Gorgadze.
The fascinating career of sumo wrestler Tochinoshin Tsuyoshi
Tochinoshin is a professional and a very popular sumo wrestler in Japan. But his real name is Levan Gorgadze.
Another loss for Tochinoshin – chances of becoming champion extremely narrow
Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin lost another bout today, on the 16th of November.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
19.02.2019
20.02.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6404
2.6404
EUR
1
EUR
2.9908
2.9908
GBP
1
GBP
3.4130
3.4130
RUB
100
RUB
3.9898
3.9898
Other Stories
Georgia’s Under-20 national rugby team have claimed their second victory at the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan
You can be hopeful of us like we are of you, - sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze) told Georgian Prime Minister
On June 4, world-famous Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (born Levan Gorgadze) arrived in his homeland.
Georgian rugby team claimed yet another historic victory over French Barbarians – the second national team of the French Rugby Federation.
For the first time in the history of Sumo wrestling, a Georgian national has become the owner of the Emperor’s Cup.
Renowned Georgian chess player Nana Dzagnidze claimed the gold medal
It was in the beginning of the 1980s, when FC Dinamo Tbilisi was enjoying their best
The Georgian national rugby team defeated the U.S. squad at the Mikheil Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi on November 25.
Georgian athletes defeated British in sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games Toronto, Canada, 2017.
The national basketball team of Georgia defeated Israel at the Eurobasket
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6404
EUR
1
EUR
2.9908
GBP
1
GBP
3.4130
RUB
100
RUB
3.9898