The North American sport cries the tragedy of the young gymnast Melanie Coleman, who died this Sunday at age 20 from injuries sustained after a fall while training.
The accident occurred on Friday, when the young athlete from Southern Connecticut State practiced in asymmetric bars. The fall caused a serious spinal cord injury for which she was hospitalized and died two days later.
"His spirit, laughter and humor they will always live with those who have loved her, "said the family after announcing the sad news and communicating that she will donate the athlete's organs.
American sport loses one of its brightest pearls, a gymnast who “has always been the leader to whom all which everyone admired. She was not trying to achieve the best score. Being a great gymnast made him a better person. He wanted to help everyone around him, "his trainer Tom Alberti told CNN for 10 years.
Coleman, who combined his sports career with nursing studies, comes from a family of gymnasts, since his mother and two older sisters competed in that discipline.
The gymnast arrived at the University of Southern Connecticut after shining in the Jonathan Law High School from Milford, where she was awarded the best gymnast in the state. In addition, after graduating, she was recognized by USESGymnastics with the prize for the best scholarship athlete in the whole country.