Watch world’s oldest gymnast compete at age 91
Johanna Quaas was certified as the Guinness World Record holder nearly five years ago, and the world’s oldest gymnast is still going strong.
The 91-year-old German competed at the International German Gymnastics Festival in Berlin earlier this month.
“My face is old, but my heart is young,” Quaas said in April, according to the Straits Times. “Maybe the day I stop doing gymnastics is the day I die.”
Quaas first competed in gymnastics in 1934, then became a coach and a physical education teacher. She took a number of years off before returning to training in 1982 after having three daughters and has since become a great-grandmother, according to reports.
Quaas gained viral fame in 2012, when YouTube videos of her routines were posted that have since gained some 10 million views.
“My proudest moment so far was when I was 84 years old and there was no one in my age group competing in the championships,” Quaas said, according to the Straits Times. “So they put me with the others in the 70-75 age group and I still won by one point.”
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