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Figure Skater Julia Lipnitskaia Can Bend Her Body In Ways We Didn't Know Were Possible

02/10/2014 07:44 pm ET | Updated Feb 10, 2014

If you didn't catch any of the Olympics on Sunday, you missed the chance to witness Julia Lipnitskaia, the 15-year-old figure skating phenom from Russia, do things we've never seen another human do.

In two jaw-dropping performances, each contributing to Russia's gold medal in the new figure skating team event, Lipnitskaia twisted her arms and legs around herself -- while sliding on icy metal blades -- in configurations that would put Cirque du Soleil to shame. Her impressive free skate and short program showings, witnessed by stadiums filled with her own fellow Russians (including President Vladimir Putin), earned her the attention of the world... and resulted in some pretty awesome GIFs.

Below, witness some of the teen's acrobatics in all their bendy glory.

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PHOTOS: Julia Lipnitskaia In Sochi
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