Gymnastics is very strenuous , even more parallel bars that require a great arms strength and a strong abdominal belt. Despite that, some tournaments take place for elderly, especially the Turnfest in Berlin, where athletes come and go since last 3rd of June. But one of them drew all the attention : the 92-year-old German Johanna Quaas.
An impressive performance
With her 92 birthdays and her green leotard, she overwhelmed all the audience with her unbelievable performance. Enrolled in the 70 and more category for parallel bars, she reached the 5th place.
A fantastic performance for this old lady when we know how much physical efforts this sport requires. “The crowd on tuesday showed that people wanted to convince themselves that it was actually possible at her age” wrote the Taggespiel.
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Gymnastics inside her DNA
This 5th place feels like the achievement of a lifetime dedicated to gymnastics. Indeed, Johanna Quaas, who was born in 1925, started gymnastics very early. “From the earliest days, I’ve been training myself doing flips and climbing on the bars,” she said to RBB. Unfortunately, the ban on doing gymnastics in Germany after World War 2 prevented her to realize her dream. Instead, she became a famous sport teacher : two of her students went to the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. Then, at the age of 57 years old, she started gymnastics again and won the elderly tournament 11 times. This success gave her the “world’s oldest gymnast” of the 2012 Guiness Records Book. We don’t know yet if Johanna will keep on training and performing in tournaments, she actually hesitated before starting her 6 months training before the Berlin tournament.