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86-year-old does back flips and headstands

Almost daily, 86 year old Johanna Quaas from Mainz, Germany, practices on the parallel bars and has already won 11 gymnastic medals in the German senior citizen championships.

During a break in the recent Cottbus Challenger Cup gymnastic competition she wowed the audience with her performance. She not only performed a full planche at the bars, in which she held her body flat on the balance bars supported only by her arms,  but also showed a handstand, the cartwheel, backward rolls and a headstand.

A video of her recent performance by has gone viral on YouTube and has already had more than 1.4 million clicks.

Quaas, a former sports teacher who comes from the eastern German city of Halle, first gained public attention when she appeared on a health program by local German television MDR in early March.

She says she now does gymnastics “just for fun” and that she has stopped participating in regular competitions. Maybe it’s because she hardly has any competition in her age group. The only other athletes in her senior category are in their mid-70s.