This Stretch Highlights the Freakish Flexibility of U.S. Olympic Gymnast Madison Kocian

U.S. medalist Madison Kocian shows how flexible you need to be to succeed in gymnastics at the Olympics.

U.S. Olympic Gymnast Madison Kocian has had a great Rio Olympics. She has a team gold in the Gymnastics All Around and a silver in the Uneven Bars.

Flexibility is one of the most important success factors for any athlete, but especially gymnasts. Before an event, Kocian showed off how flexible she really is.

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The benefits of flexibility include injury prevention, shorter recovery time and increased circulation. Flexibility increases a joint's range of motion, relaxes muscles, increases mobility, decreases stiffness and reduces soreness—all of which are necessary for gymnasts to succeed.

But the 19-year-old from Texas took stretching to the next level. Before one of her events, Kocian laid in the splits position and had her trainer sit on her back while lifting her legs straight into the air. If I attempted this stretch, all of the ligaments in my legs would snap.

Check out the crazy stretch in the video below.


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