87-Year-Old Gymnast Johanna Quaas

Super Granny Series #3

When I was researching super old people on the internet, I came across this amazing woman.   Johanna Quaas is 87-year-old German Gymnast.

Johanna Quaas

reference:Guinness World Records

Please watch her performances at the 2012 Cottbus World Cup in Germany   Mail Online    Her  strength, balance, muscle,  flexibility…. She is awesome!!! Beautiful!!!

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89-Year-Old Athlete Mitsu Motita

Super Granny Series #2

In my last post, I wrote about the 98-year-old photojournalist.   This time I’d like to introduce an 89-year-old female athlete.   Her name is Mitsu Morita, who lives in Kumamoto, Japan.

Mitu Morita

She holds the 100m and 200m world records in the  85-89 age group.    Records Outdoor Women      It all started when she happened to win a race at the local community sport recreation.   She was 70.  Since then she has been a member of the local athletics club and continued her training with elementary school students.  In the video, she says she eats pork every morning.  It is said that protein is essential for elderly people.   Her dream is to reach the top at age 100.

My aunt also began playing table tennis when she was about 60.  Now she is about 80.   She plays table tennis for 2 hours, 4 times a week.  It’s amazing!  I learned it’s never too late to try something new.

High School Sports Day

In Japan, there is a school event called “Wundoukai” Sports Day once a year.   On that day, students’ family members go and see the results of their children’s effort and enjoy a picnic lunch together.  My daughter’s high school held it this month.  There were standard plays such as relay and running races, a tug-of-war, dance…

Relay race

Tug of war

There was a costume parade too.

“Ohendan” cheering squads attract people’s attention.  No mini-skirts and pompons, the all-male groups (there are exceptions, though) are disciplined.  Squad members wear team-color costume and compete on their performance to the beat of a Japanese drum.

If you want to watch the whole performance, click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TS4SdH-lXk

All students sing their shool song at the end of a sports day.

I created YouTube account to upload these videos.  It was very easy.  I hope overseas readers will find them interesting.