It is a well-known fact that physical activity can improve a person’s health and lower the risk of developing several diseases which include type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular ailments. It has immediate and long-term health health benefits which can improve the overall quality of life for individuals. Take this 92-year-old woman for example, she is not only surviving her twilight years as she has been able to keep herself in impeccable physical shape.
Quaas striking a pose in her signature green velvet leotard
Johanna Quaas was born in born November 20, 1925 in Hohenmölsen. The German gymnast started her career when she was at the tender age of only 10-years-old and as of 2018, she is now officially the oldest gymnast in the world. Quaas is an active gymnast and she continues to represent Germany which is almost inconceivable because many citizens her age find it difficult to climb a flight of stairs.
Quaas firmly believes she will be competing in the sport for a long time to come as she says “Maybe the day I stop doing gymnastics is the day I die”
She says “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. So they put me with the others in the 70-75 age group and I still won by one point.”
She married the gymnast coach Gerhard Quaas ni 1963 and had three daughters
Quaas trains for an hour everyday and keeps to a healthy diet where she eats plenty of fruits and vegetables. She has had three children and even gave competitive handball a try before taking up her passion for gymnastics again when she was 57.
Her strength and agility is impeccable
Her routine looks effortless as she swings from the parallel bars which are set meters above the ground
Quaas says “My face is old but my heart is young. Maybe the day I stop doing gymnastics is the day I die.” Johanna Quaas is the proud holder of a Guinness World Record for being the oldest athlete as she is still competing (and winning) multiple competitions in the present day.
Quaas proudly showing off her incredible array of trophies and medals she’s won over the span of her career
Watch the video below to know her story from Quaas herself:
See this amazing woman in action here: