86-year-old woman sets record as world’s oldest gymnast

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:34 EDT
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86-year-old German gymnast Johanna Quaas practices her parallel bar routine. Screenshot via YouTube.
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An 86-year-old woman from Germany recently set a world record after she competed in the 2012 Cottbus World Cup, wowing judges and earning the title of world’s oldest gymnast.

It may sound cute, but Johanna Quaas isn’t joking around. After years of competition, she’s won 11 various medals, but says she’s still doing it today for fun and exercise.

Appearing at last month’s Cottbus World Cup in Germany, audiences and judges were blown away by her floor and parallel bar routines, which saw the senior flipping, twisting, hand-springing and dancing her way to an almost certain viral video stardom.

These videos were published to YouTube.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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