By Sarah Klein
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.
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