Madalyn Grace is a 12-year-old gymnast who currently trains at Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, Texas. Madalyn recently took home 1st place on Floor at the Texas State Level 6 Meet. She also earned a 6th place title on vault and 10th on beam. What makes Madalyn's medals all the more sweeter is the road she traveled to get them.
Just about a year and a half ago, in September of 2011, Madalyn had a tragic fall during competition. While performing on bars, Madalyn began to execute her fly-away dismount and things went horribly wrong. In shock and not fully realizing the extent of her injuries, Madalyn stood up, saluted the judges, and asked her coach, "is that going to be a big deduction?" After that, Madalyn crumpled to floor. Realizing both of her arms were most likely broken, medical staff on site splinted and taped her arms for the trip to the hospital.
Madalyn and her mom, Alicia, scored one heck of a driver to the hospital, none other than Nastia Liukin herself with Nastia's mom, Anna, along for the ride. Alicia said, "Anna and Nastia actually drove us to the hospital. Anna stayed with me to get Madalyn checked in and then she and Nastia graciously went and got me something to eat and returned with food for me and a life size Minnie Mouse for Madalyn!" Madalyn ended up having surgery on both arms three days later.
Alicia didn't know for sure if Madalyn would ever return to the sport of gymnastics, but soon Madalyn expressed how she missed the sport, she missed her friends, and she missed being in the gym, as any gymnast can relate. Madalyn made her competition comeback in the fall of 2012 and competed as a Level 6. Alicia said, "Madalyn overcame and conquered her fears and her doubts. She is an inspiration to me and I am so proud of her as an athlete and as a young lady who has drive and passion. Her smile says it all."
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