Dutch gymnast likely paralyzed

Sad news today from Rick at Gymnastics Coaching: 13-year-old Dutch gymnast Imke Glas is likely paralyzed after crashing on vault in training last Friday.

Holland’s De Telegraaf newspaper posted an article on Glas’ condition that was translated into English on the Gym Chat messageboard. According to the translation, Glas broke her neck in the accident and has not been able to move her hands or legs since.

I asked a relative who is fluent in Dutch to provide a translation of De Telegraaf’s article.

Top Gymnastics Star Imke Glas Paralyzed

Amsterdam – Top gymnastics star Imke Glas incurred a broken neck after an unfortunate vault while training. The Glas family discloses that it is uncertain whether the 13-year old top talent from Broek op Laqngedijk will again be able to move. The misfortune occurred Friday afternoon.

“Dear everyone, here’s a little news item about Imke. She slept well last night; this did her some good. She looked a little better, a bit more color in her cheeks. It is the weekend, so in the VU [hospital] there is not much going on. A bit of physio to move her legs and to see if she feels anything with it. So also with her arms, she still can’t do much with her hands but her arms are especially strong. Her legs feel being touched but that says nothing about her strength in her legs. They laid her on her side today, both the left and right, so that she does not always lie in the same position.”

“Imke is exceptionally brave, courageous and strong,” the family goes on. On her webpge Imke’s colleagues and friends give her support. “I got chickenflesh [compare “goosebumps” in English] when I heard about it, and now still when I think about it.”

Her club Bato in Haarlem has opened a webpage to give Imke support.

According to her personal website, www.imkeglas.nl, Imke was training 27 hours per week.

Imke Glas, career highlights:


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