crazy strong female acrobats

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the ancient sport of Mallakhamb

GAAR ADAMS penned one of ROADS AND KINGDOMS 14 MOST-READ STORIES OF 2014.

… in the lush highlands that hug sprawling Mumbai, this peculiar sport with apparatuses that look uncannily like medieval torture devises is still practiced. It is in these few ramshackle gymnasiums scattered throughout India’s Maharashtra—the same region where Mallakhamb’s origins are traced back to 12th century Sanskrit texts—where a strange tradition that features swinging clubs, rope burn between toes, and copious amounts of castor oil—is kept alive. …

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Karry Summers – Pole Gymnastic

The past Level 10 New Zealand champion gymnast has near 3/4 million views on one of her competition videos.

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Karry is a new Mom. Went right back to coaching and training. :)

Pole Dance Competitions:

A wide range of amateur and professional competitions are held in many countries around the world. They are strictly non-nude and focus on pole dance as an athletic and artistic form of dance and fitness. The first “Miss Pole Dance World” competition was held in November 2005 in Amsterdam …

A group of advocates even pushed for pole dance to be represented as a test event in the 2012 London Olympics. …

Jeffrey Wammes – Pole

If you thought the concept of BBC Tumble was a little extreme, how about a TV show where celebrities try Pole Dance?

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MG Elite Pole

The MG girls haven’t quite figured out Pole Gymnastics. :-)

Mallakhamb competitors

Indian pole gymnastics.

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Why do these kids have to wear bathing suits to compete?

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The Strangest Sport

Gaar Adams:

In 1936, a troupe of 35 acrobats from a small town in Central India traveled to the Berlin Olympic Games to demonstrate the ancient sport of Mallakhamb. At a formal gala convened by the International Olympic Committee, athletics officials and eager media from around the world gathered to witness the 900-year-old exotic sport’s global unveiling. The team’s intricate feats of contortion, strength, and death-defying gymnastics atop a skinny, eight-and-a-half foot pole thrilled Adolf Hitler; the Führer personally bestowed each acrobat with an honorary Olympic medal before the group returned to India.

The world’s first real glimpse of this curious athletic form was also its last. But today, in the lush highlands that hug sprawling Mumbai, this peculiar sport with apparatuses that look uncannily like medieval torture devises is still practiced. …

Athletes perform 90-second routines packed with intricate skill combinations as a panel of three judges assesses each competitor’s speed, grace, and difficulty on one of the sport’s three apparatuses: Pole Mallakhamb, Hanging Mallakhamb, or Rope Mallakhamb. …

pole acrobat

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