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Geriatric German gymnast wows audience

The Local · 31 Mar 2012, 16:45

Published: 31 Mar 2012 16:45 GMT+02:00

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Spectators at last Sunday's closing event gave the octogenarian a standing ovation after she performed a full planche at the bars, which required her to hold her body flat supported only by her arms.

In the floor routine she performed a cartwheel, backward roll, handstand forward roll and a headstand.

A YouTube video of her routine has since gone viral, with over 734,000 views in less than a week.

Quaas, from Halle in the German state of Saxony Anhalt, has been a hobby gymnast since childhood. It was only when she turned 30, after having won the East German Handball championships, that she turned her attention to gymnastics.

The German Athletics Association (DLV) classifies gymnasts as "senior" once they pass the age of 35. Quaas has won eleven medals in the German Senior Championships and now has hardly any competition in her own age group of 85-90.

Now she just performs for fun. "I want to give the others a chance," Quaas told German radio station MDR earlier this month. "Competing against 70-year-olds isn't much fun after a while," she added.

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18:37 March 31, 2012 by Bavaria Mike
She is definitely an inspiration! I hope I can still walk at 86 and live long enough to find out, LOL.
18:46 March 31, 2012 by raandy
That was an impressive performance.
21:01 March 31, 2012 by Michele Elder
Ganz toll!!! This is so awesome! I'm going to save these videos to my YouTube favorites and watch them every time I start feeling achy, old and cranky. Love this womanÂ-what an inspiration!!
00:27 April 1, 2012 by wood artist
Maybe you don't have to spend your final years in that recliner! Outstanding performances!

10:44 April 1, 2012 by quiller
The headline on this article says it all - Geriatric German gymnast. I am sure the reporter was only anxious to show off his or her skills on the bars.
14:04 April 1, 2012 by menzelchr
Halle in Saxony?
14:29 April 1, 2012 by The Local Germany
Dear Menzelchr, thanks for your eagle eyed attention, you are correct and we have made a correction.
22:46 April 5, 2012 by Karlischnarli
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
05:05 April 20, 2012 by tbrown17
Amazing - congratulations to her. Mother nature has been very kind to her.
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