Julissa Gomez

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Birthday
4, 1972
Birthplace
San Antonio, TX
Death Date
Aug 8, 1991 (18)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
4, 1972
Birthplace
San Antonio, TX
Death Date
Aug 8, 1991 (18)

About

Promising gymnast who became a quadriplegic after a fatal vaulting accident at the 1988 World Sports Fair in Tokyo.

Before Fame

She trained in Houston, Texas, at the gym of Bela Karolyi, who helped many Olympic greats.

Trivia

On live television in Japan she missed the springboard on her vault, crashing down head-first and becoming paralyzed in the process.

Family Life

Her parents moved from San Antonio to Houston to give her better training in gymnastics. After her accident, a mistake at the hospital left her in a coma. She died three months later at age eighteen. 

Associated With

Her coached in Houston, Karolyi, also trained Nadia Comaneci, who was the first to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics.