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Friday, November 15, 2013

Your daily dose of gymnastics: Jackie Bender

Jackie Bender of Canada was never a superstar in the gymnastics world, but her amazing handstands put her in a class all her own. I'd seen her remarkable one-arm handstand mount (with arch and rotation!) in clips before, but this footage of her doing every conceivable handstand skill in clinics and practice is mesmerizing. And creepy. The grainy TV! The uber-flexibility! The bluesy music!

At 5:29 in the video, I'm not sure I've ever seen faster press handstands. And as she mentions in this interesting interview, her record was 67 in a row. Also interesting: she says her back was not naturally flexible! I shudder to think of the stretching got her from inflexible to creepy-flexible.