In 2004, Khorkina, 25 years old, announced that she would retire after the Athens Olympics. She wanted to end her gymnastics career with a gold medal, so she went to Athens. But the result disappointed her, she grabbed only a silver on individual all-around and a bronze on team. "Actually, I feel I'm capable of competing still, but I believe it's time for me to finish. As any other woman does, I'd like to have a family. I'd like to have kids. I'd like to be loved." Khorkina said. She is an artist in a sport that doesn't reward artistry anymore, old in a sport that worships youth. So it's time for her to leave.