Posts Tagged ‘Wang Yan’

Helping Taylor Lindsay-Noel

September 8, 2008

Olympian Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs trained with Taylor Lindsey-Noel at Sport Seneca in Toronto.

Olympian Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs trained with Taylor Lindsey-Noel at Sport Seneca in Toronto.

Gymnastics Coaching was the first to blog about Canadian hopeful Taylor Lindsey-Noel’s paralysis after a bars dismount went awry in training in July.

It’s always sad to read about young people being injured in gymnastics, but coming in the wake of all the Olympic glory, the story of Lindsey-Noel, a 2012 hopeful who trained at Sport Seneca with Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and Peng-Peng Lee, feels especially tragic.

Toronto Star opinion columnist Royson James and Lindsay-Noel’s mother Rowena both seemed outraged at the small amount of attention Lindsey-Noel’s injury initially got. But thanks to James’ article, coupled with this one in the Globe and Mail, Taylor’s story is spreading around — including to one big-hearted person, who donated $10,000 to her cause.

Just yesterday, a donor sent $10,000 to the Star to bolster the trust fund set up to assist Olympics-bound gymnast Taylor Lindsay-Noel, 14, in her battle to walk again.

“In your article, you described the perfect and decent human being. Her tragic injury pains me,” reads the handwritten note accompanying the cheque. “Please forward this to Taylor and family in their need of support. More people should have moments of compassion; it would make them more human.”

When they talk about her bieng a 2012 hopeful, they weren’t kidding. According to a very old thread from the Gymnastics Gossip Message Board (GGMB), in 2007 Taylor’s tumbling passes were a double layout, double Arabian, 1.5 to layout front, double tuck side pass and a double pike. At 13. This kid was undoubtedly on her way up.

Taylor’s injury is preceded by that of Dutch junior Imke Glas and China’s Wang Yan, who also sustained a major injury on a bars dismount. Both can walk today.

Best of luck to Taylor in her recovery.

Wang Yan walks again

October 10, 2007

Wang Yan on balance beam at the 2006 Chinese National Championships.

Defying odds and expectations, Chinese gymnast Wang Yan walked out of Shanghai No. 6 People’s Hospital using her own two feet, The Shanghai Daily reported yesterday.

Wang was reportedly paralyzed after suffering fractures and dislocation of the second and third vertebrae after falling on her uneven bars dismount at the Chinese National Championships June 10 in Shanghai.

The fall knocked her unconscious, and Wang was in a coma for several days following the accident and underwent surgery June 19. International Gymnast Magazine wrote that she was later shown on Chinese television moving her left foot.

According to The Shanghai Daily, Wang has now regained almost all movement in her arms and legs.

A medical report found Wang’s communications and conceptual skills to be the same as a healthy person’s. Her right arm and fingers are fully recovered, but her left hand’s fine-movement functions have not entirely returned to normal.

Her leg muscles are now strong enough for walking, though she needs to work more to recover her full balance abilities.

Many who initially read about Wang’s injury might have likened her to Sang Lan, who was paralyzed after crashing during warmups for event finals at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City. Sang, who is heavily involved in her country’s preparations to host the 2008 Olympic Games, will likely remain wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life.

Hopefully, Wang ends up more like Russian Maria Zasypkina, who also fractured her vertebrae training in 2001 but recovered her mobility.

Obviously, she’s already made great strides toward that goal.