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91-Year-Old Nails Inspiring Gymnastics Routine

91-Year-Old Nails Inspiring Gymnastics Routine


It looks like she didn’t even break a sweat

The “world’s oldest gymnast” completed a flawless routine at the age of 91.

In 2012, German great-grandmother Johanna Quaas wowed crowds with her impeccable strength as the Guinness World Record’s oldest gymnast. Though Quaas, born on November 20, 1925, earned the title at the age of 86, she is proving she’s still got it five years later as another one of her routines has gone viral.

In a competition in Germany, Quaas performed a routine on the parallel bars, going completely vertical, holding a plank in air, and ending with a graceful landing all in a green leotard and without removing her glasses.

The video of Quaas’ routine is currently trending on a Reddit thread, with one user questioning what she eats for her athletic longevity.

“This is hard to wrap my head around. When I watched the video, I thought, ‘They fibbed the age. She has to be 70,’” user NoPatNoDontSitonThat wrote in the thread. “How? Did she catch and eat the chicken to harness its power?”

While Quaas hasn’t revealed the secret to her success, The Daily Meal took a deep-dive into the longevity and potential factors behind it. To read our special report, The Quest for Longevity and What Food Has to Do With It, click here.


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


Gymnastics mom overcomes her biggest fear and inspires the internet

One Missouri woman is reminding others that it’s never too late to face your fears.

In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views, Nicole Clemens is seen nailing the gymnastics stunt that terrified her as a teen.

In the spirit of being freaking proud of myself and also knowing I'm about to be fat shamed on the Internet, I present to you me, a 38 year old mom and teacher, doing a thing I was afraid to do when I was a 14 year old gymnast. Next week: add a full (and straighten my legs) pic.twitter.com/4YpFRArgtd

— Nicole Clemens (@Nicolemens) February 18, 2020

“It was a fear of failure, but also a fear of physically hurting myself,” Clemens told TODAY Parents. “I always loved gymnastics, I just wasn’t any good.”

Clemens stopped competing at age 15, but about a year ago, she found herself missing the sport and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. The English teacher’s first order of business was overcoming her phobia of the roundoff back layout.

“I was proud of what I had done physically. My daughter took the video and I was like, ‘I look decent!’” Clemens revealed. But Clemens admits she was a little nervous before sharing the footage with strangers.

“I’m not built like a gymnast and the internet is not always the nicest place,” she explained.

Though Clemens was waiting for “the fat comments,” they never came. Instead she was inundated with praise from thousands of people including retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who tweeted, "Looks great. "

“You killed it, Nicole. You look amazing and you’re inspiring as hell,” wrote one person.

Added another, “I think you look awesome. And your athleticism is impressive.”

Many adults chimed in by sharing clips of themselves executing difficult routines.

Clemens is continuing to set goals for herself on the mat.

As she told TODAY Parents, "I want to start moving some skills to landing on the hard floor, not just the foam pit!"


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