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Have You Seen This? Gymnastics coach saves the day

Posted April 21

ONTARIO — As far as phobias go, I have a weird one; I have a fear of flipping.

Since I was a little girl, I was always too afraid to do front or backflips on the trampoline or off the diving board into the pool. Something about having my head oriented underneath me with little to no view of the ground really frightened me. Not having a thrill-seeking bone in my body, I never begged my mom to sign me up for gymnastics or tumbling classes, no matter how awesome the rhinestone-studded, crushed velvet leotards were. I was never eager to overcome the apprehension I had about flipping.

A video posted by Warren Liebmann on YouTube isn’t doing anything to assuage those fears.

In the clip, gymnast Caidance is competing on the uneven bars at the WAG Ontario Championships while being spotted by coach Vitali Laurentide from Gym Magic Gymnastics Club in Burlington, Ontario. During her dismount from the high bar, something goes terribly, terribly wrong, but Laurentide makes an incredible save.

Even with the notion of a trustworthy spotter like Laurentide, I’m still not going to learn how to flip any time soon. Nope. Hard pass.

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