Svetlana Pankratova has the world's longest legs in the world. She currently holds the Guinness record for her 4 feet, 4 inch long legs and is a basketball coach in Falls Church Virginia.
The former basketball player said to the Falls Church News-Register that she graduated from high school in Russia and played college basketball before she was recruited by Virginia Commonwealth University. Then, she met her husband, Jack Gosnell, who was working as the U.S. General Counsel in St. Petersburg.
"It was more running in practices, it was more physical," Pankratova said of her new life in the U.S. "So it took me a little time to adjust to that. But after that I think it was fine."
Pankratova now lives in Falls Church with her husband where she is a an assistant coach at George Mason High which is on of the top rated basketball programs for girls in the state. The Mustangs had won three of four state championships in Virginia A-Division 2 and made it to the final four this season as well but were eliminated out of the seminfinals.
Pankratova is 6 ft 5 inches tall and The New York Post reported that she first investigated how long her legs were after a friend said she might have the longest legs of all time. Panratova said to the News-Press that it took six years of documentation and work with Guinness to get the record.
For The Guinness Book of World Records Pankratova did press interviews and photos in 2009 with the world's shortest man named He Ping ping of China. He stands at 2 ft 5 inches tall and has since passed away.
He Ping Ping died at the age of 21 in 2010. Ping Ping was born in China with primordial dwarfism and recognized as the world's smallest man in 2008.
"For such a small man, he made a huge impact around the world," Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said to the BBC.
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