Melanie Coleman Bio
Melanie Coleman was a level 10 gymnast from USA. She was born in 1999 and died over the weekend on Friday 8 November 2019. She suffered a spinal cord injury while practising on the bars at New Era Gymnastics in Hamden.
Melanie was a nursing major at New Haven College. Last year, the 20-year-old was named an All-American Scholar-Athlete by USA Gymnastics.
Melanie Coleman Age
She was 20 years old as of 2019.
She was a level 10 gymnast, which is the highest level in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics Program. Coleman’s former coach of ten years, Thomas Alberti, told the Hartford Courant that the injury occurred after Melanie slipped from the uneven bars.
He described the accident as unexpected and said it occurred during a routine training exercise. It is unclear which skill Melanie was performing when she fell.
Melanie Coleman injury
Coleman suffered an injury during a training accident. While neither Alberti nor the school elaborated on the injury, the Connecticut Post reported that Coleman suffered damage to her spinal cord while practising on the bars. It was described as a tragic freak accident, on a GoFundMe page set up for Coleman.
Melanie Coleman GoFundMe
After the incident occurred, a GoFundMe page was created in support of Melanie. The page’s creator, Anna Andrich, wrote on the site, Melanie was in a tragic freak accident and is in critical care.
Melanie and her family need your support. On Sunday, the author updated the page, writing. Melanie gained her angel wings tonight and was able to give life to others. Please continue to pray for the entire Coleman family as they experience this unfathomable loss.
As of Monday evening, the page had accrued more than $46,413 in donations, with over 998 donors.
Awards and Honours
In high school, Melanie received the MVP award and was selected by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Gymnastic Association to participate with other state gymnasts in the senior showcase, in which Connecticut finished first.
The high school’s athletic director told the New Haven Register, She made All-State and SCC three times while she was here… She was also the captain of our outdoor track team.
Cause of Death
Melanie Coleman passed away on Sunday 8 November at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Friends and family have described the incident as a tragic freak accident.
University spokesman Patrick Dilger said the precise cause of death and circumstances of her slipping” have not yet been determined. We’re looking into all aspects of this, obviously. At this stage, it looks like all protocols were followed, said Dilger.