There are some risks -- Baasankhuu suffered a knee injury after falling from a human tower three meters high. It is just part of their culture to have this extra bend in delivery with their movement. When the contortion school's first official trainer, the now legendary Tsend-Ayush, began performing across the country, she quickly inspired a generation of girls hoping to quite literally mold themselves in her likeness. My homework used to be push ups a day," said former contortionist Baasankhuu. I think it is breathtaking," said Ria Martens, Cirque du Soleil artistic director.
Cataleya. Age: 24.
But many contortionists insist that much like any sport, it is safe if done properly.
Evalyn. Age: 27.
Mongolians bend over backwards to be world's top contortionists
Where we need a contortionist we look to Mongolia," said the show's artistic director, Sandi Croft. Treasure found at 2,year-old wreck. CNN -- As one woman in glittering Lycra gently bends her legs backwards over her head, another balances on top, slowly twisting her own limbs into a human pretzel.