This Contortionist's Jaw-Dropping Moves Will Give You A Whole New Appreciation Of The Human Body

This Contortionist's Jaw-Dropping Moves Will Give You A Whole New Appreciation Of The Human Body
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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.

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Zlata performs her contortionist act on April 8, 2010 in Germany.
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Zlata performs her contortionist act on January 9, 2009 in Germany.
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Zlata the contortionist performing in front of the National Gallery in London, England.
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Zlata poses on a London underground train on November 14, 2010.
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Zlata performs her contortionist act on June 6, 2008 in Germany.
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Zlata the contortionist performing on Westminster Bridge in front of Big Ben in London, England.
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Zlata the contortionist performing in front of the Horse Guards Parade in London, England.
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Zlata performs her contortionist act on June 24, 2010 in Germany.
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Zlata the contortionist performing in an old-fashioned red telephone box in London, England.

Check out more jaw-dropping flexibility from Zlata in the slideshow below.

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