Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • NBA
  • 4/23 6:30 PM EDT
    BOS0
    CHI0
  • Final
    CLE106
    IND102
  • Live
    HOU0
    OKC0
  • 4/23 9:00 PM EDT
    LAC0
    UTA0
  • MLB
  • Final
    ChC5
    Cin7
  • Final
    Hou6
    TB4
  • Final
    Bos6
    Bal2
  • Final
    Atl2
    Phi5
  • Final
    NYY1
    Pit2
  • Final
    Cle2
    CWS6
  • Final
    StL6
    Mil4
  • Final
    Det13
    Min4
  • Live
    KC2
    Tex5
  • Final
    SF0
    Col8
  • Live
    Tor4
    LAA1
  • Live
    Sea6
    Oak0
  • Live
    LAD6
    Ari2
  • Live
    Mia0
    SD3
  • 4/23 8:08 PM EDT
    Was
    NYM
  • NHL
  • Live
    OTT2
    BOS2
  • 4/23 7:00 PM EDT
    WSH0
    TOR0
  • 4/23 1:00 PM EDT
    ANA0
    CGY0
  • 4/23 1:00 PM EDT
    PIT0
    CBJ0

Georgian mother and son out to make history in Rio

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
What Does It Take to Become an Olympic Sport

TBILISI, July 23 (Reuters) - The Rio Olympics will be the eighth Games for Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, but it will be the first time when she will be joined by a very special team mate - her own son.

It is believed to be the first such case in Olympic history when a mother and her son will compete side by side.

"I am very happy and very proud that I will be competing alongside my son. We will do our best to perform well," Salukvadze, 47, told Reuters.

Salukvadze was 19 when she won a gold medal in the women's 25-meter sporting pistol competition and silver in the women's 10-meter air pistol competition at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when she represented the team of the now defunct Soviet Union.

Photos of Nino and her son training together:

9 PHOTOS
Mom and son compete in Olympics together
See Gallery
Mom and son compete in Olympics together
Georgia's flag bearer Nino Salukvadze holds the national flag as she leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
Gold medalist Guo Wenjun of China (C), silver medalist Natalia Paderina of Russia (L) and bronze medalist Nino Salukvadeze of Georgia celebrate on the podium of the women's 10m Air Pistol at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 at Beijing Shooting Hall. Georgia's Nino Salukvadze third place finish came just hours after the entire Georgian squad had considered withdrawing from the Games in protest at Russia's role in the bloody conflict over South Ossetia.AFP PHOTO/ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze is seen at her home in Tbilisi, March 16, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Nino Salukvadze of the Georgia Olympic shooting team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics she won a bronze medal for Georgia in a 10-meter air pistol event.

Salukvadze's 18-year-old son Tsotne Machavariani shot a personal best in the 10-meter air pistol at the European Championship in February to get an Olympic qualifying spot.

"It's a double joy for me, because I will participate in the Olympics for the first time in my life and because I will compete in Rio alongside my mother," Machavariani told Reuters.

Salukvadze said she believed that family relations do not matter in sports and should not cool sport ardor.

"But, frankly speaking, I am a mother after all and will be a fan of my son in Rio," she said.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

Man's Wife Leaves Him And Their Kids After A Fight - Two Days Later He Posts This Man's Wife Leaves Him And Their Kids After A Fight - Two Days Later He Posts This
15 Recall the Kindest Thing a Stranger Ever Did for Them 15 Recall the Kindest Thing a Stranger Ever Did for Them
Man Finds 5 Abandoned 'Puppies' In His Garden - Then Quickly Realizes He Made A Big Man Finds 5 Abandoned 'Puppies' In His Garden - Then Quickly Realizes He Made A Big