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The World’s Oldest Gymnast: 86 Years Old And Still Rockin’ The Parallel Bars
September 24, 2012
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If we say gymnastics, what's the first name that pops into your head? Nadia Comaneci. Maybe Mary Lou Retton?

Well, how about Johanna Quaas. No - doesn't ring a bell? Fair enough. She never competed in the Olympics but she does own a world record - the Guinness World Record for the world's oldest gymnast.

Quaas is from Leipzig, Germany and is 86-years-old. And no, that's not a typo. She's 86. She says she was born into a family of gymnasts and did gymnastics as a kid.

But she gave it up when she got married and had children. Then, picked it up again in her 50's. She performed in her first competition at 56.

Recently, she appeared on the ITV show in Britain, where she performed a routine on the parallel bars - which included scissor twists, hand stands and a perfect dismount.

You can see that here.

And here she is competing at a meet, in both the parallel bars and the floor exercise.

Quaas said she never feels aches and pains because of her exercise routine, which also includes running and yoga.

As for the world record, she said: 'It is great feeling to be included and I hope the record inspires others to realize it's never too late.'

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