Julia Günthel, better known as Zlata, just might be the world’s most flexible woman.
At age 4, Zlata’s kindergarten teacher noticed how flexible she was. She spent several years as a gymnast before moving from her home in Kazakhstan to Germany and began performing as a contortionist.
Zlata and her jaw-dropping abilities were featured on a Discovery Channel show in 2010, where she said she’s one of only a handful of women in the whole world who can bend equally forward and backward, rare even among contortionists.
The Discovery Channel had a doctor check our Zlata’s outrageous postures in an MRI machine and found her ligaments are similar to those of babies; they haven’t hardened like they typically do with age, allowing her to move into positions that would literally break the backs of the rest of us.
She earned herself a Guinness Word Record with the force behind her backbend, by bursting three balloons with her back in just 12 seconds.
Check out more jaw-dropping flexibility from Zlata in the slideshow below.
Source: Huff Post