Gymnast, 11, Thanks Quick-Thinking Coach Who Stopped Life-Threatening Fall
An 11-year-old gymnast is thanking the coach who swooped in and saved her from a potential life-threatening injury.
The gymnast, Cadence Tuite, was doing a warm-up routine on the uneven bars. She performed a handstand split on the high bar, and, suddenly, her hands slipped.
“It did scare me,” Tuite told INSIDE EDITION.
Her coach stepped in and caught her a split second before she hit the mat headfirst.
Now the coach is being lauded for saving her from a serious injury.
“I knew I was falling, but when he was rolling with me, I didn't know what was going on,” she said.
Her mom, Michelle, was in the stands - and watched what's being called the "best catch ever.”
Michelle told INSIDE EDITION" “I'm so thankful he was there. It happened so fast. I thought it was the mat that was rolled up around her and then I realized it was her coach.”
Undaunted, Cadence competed in the gymnastics championship in Ontario, Canada, moments later.
Cadence told him: “Thanks for catching me!"