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Starting with some of the youngest budding stars, Oprah introduces a tiny powerhouse who came to Chicago all the way from New Zealand. Since she was just 4 years old, Americus has been wowing audiences under the big top.

Alongside her parents—performers in New Zealand's Loritz Circus—Americus began learning routines before most children learn to ride a bike. At first, Americus performed with her parents, but over time, she developed an act of her own—hula hooping! In the fall of 2008, her gravity-defying moves helped her land a spot on New Zealand's Got Talent.

Six-year-old Americus starts her act with one hula hoop and slowly adds more as the routine progresses. She shimmies into many of the hoops using her feet! "Well, I've never seen anybody do that before," Oprah says.

Watch Americus's amazing performance.Watch

How did Americus develop this unique talent? "I practiced and practiced," she says.
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FROM: Oprah's Search for the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids
Published on November 17, 2008

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