Watch the World’s Oldest Gymnast Crush a Seriously Impressive Routine in Viral Video

Nicol Natale
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Photo credit: DPA - Getty Images
Photo credit: DPA - Getty Images

From Men's Health

  • Johanna Quaas, 95, crushed a gymnastics routine in a viral video on Twitter.

  • In the video, Quaas effortlessly nails a handstand, flip, and other impressive moves.

  • Quaas holds the Guinness Book of World Records title of “Oldest Gymnast.”

If anyone proves that age is just a number, it’s Johanna Quaas. In a viral video shared to Twitter, the gymnast (who turned 95 this year!) performed a series of seriously impressive flips on parallel bars in front of a cheering crowd.

While her exact age is unclear in the video, the German native perfectly lands a handstand, flips, and other advanced gymnastics moves. Unsurprisingly, Twitter went wild over her coordination and strength.

“A person is as young as he or she feels ... and when we have the will nothing can stop us doing anything we want to do!” one person tweeted. “I’m inspired. She’s fantastic!” another wrote.

Quaas wasn’t always a gymnast. The athlete, who was born in 1925, initially took up gymnastics at nine years old. She decided to give up the sport for handball after World War II (and yes, she was also great at handball). She didn’t take up gymnastics again until she was 57, but she’s been at it ever since.

And that didn’t stop her from breaking a world record for her abilities. In April 2012, Quaas performed a floor-and-beam routine in Rome, and earned the Guinness Book of World Records title of “Oldest Gymnast” at age 86.

Then, at age 91, Quaas nailed another impressive routine at a Berlin competition. Wearing her signature green, the athlete impressed a cheering crowd with her flawless moves.

“If you are fit, it is easier to master life,” Quaas said, via The Straits Times. She was also inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2015. “I do gymnastics to avoid being susceptible to falls and that is a good preventive tool.”

Quaas credits naps and a mostly plant-based diet to her abilities. “My face is old but my heart is young,” she said. “Maybe the day I stop doing gymnastics is the day I die.”

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