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May 22, 1988
American gymnast Julissa Gomez, 15, paralyzed while warming up for a meet in Tokyo earlier this month, left for the United States aboard a U.S. military plane. Gomez is in critical condition and has slipped into a coma.
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August 12, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Julissa D'Anne Gomez, an 18-year-old Houston gymnast who was once ranked 13th in the nation, was buried over the weekend following a three-year coma. Gomez broke her neck on May 5, 1988 during warm-up vaulting exercises at the World Sports Fair in Tokyo. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery Saturday. At the time of her injury, the 73-pound gymnast was looking forward to the first step in the Olympic team selection process during the U.S. championships in Houston the following month.
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June 27, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
The mother of a highly ranked U.S. gymnast said her daughter is in a coma not because of a spinal injury suffered at a meet in Japan, but because of irresponsibility on the part of a Tokyo hospital, which she said caused an accidental asphyxiation. Otilia Gomez said her daughter, Julissa, the country's 13th-ranked gymnast, went into a coma 15 days after first entering Tokyo University Hospital to be treated for a broken neck.
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June 27, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
The mother of a highly ranked U.S. gymnast said her daughter is in a coma not because of a spinal injury suffered at a meet in Japan, but because of irresponsibility on the part of a Tokyo hospital, which she said caused an accidental asphyxiation. Otilia Gomez said her daughter, Julissa, the country's 13th-ranked gymnast, went into a coma 15 days after first entering Tokyo University Hospital to be treated for a broken neck.
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August 12, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Julissa D'Anne Gomez, an 18-year-old Houston gymnast who was once ranked 13th in the nation, was buried over the weekend following a three-year coma. Gomez broke her neck on May 5, 1988 during warm-up vaulting exercises at the World Sports Fair in Tokyo. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery Saturday. At the time of her injury, the 73-pound gymnast was looking forward to the first step in the Olympic team selection process during the U.S. championships in Houston the following month.
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June 25, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
Julissa Gomez, 15, lies in a coma in a Houston Hospital, her neck broken, her body paralyzed. More than a month ago, the top-ranked American gymnast and Olympic hopeful boarded a plane with her peers for a meet in Tokyo. She returned, unconscious, by U.S. military transport, surrounded by doctors and her parents, Otilia and Ramiro Gomez, who had flown to Japan to be at their daughter's side. She suffered a spinal injury May 5 while practicing a vault at the World Sports Fair in Japan.
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November 17, 1989 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kelly Garrison knew the risk every time she ran down the runway toward the vaulting horse. She knew that proper timing and accuracy were a must in international gymnastics and that the slightest slip could mean the difference between winning and losing, or between winning and injury. But while training at the University of Oklahoma for the 1988 Olympics, Garrison decided to take an extra risk. Her hopes of making the team had been sinking, along with her vaulting scores.
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February 1, 1987 | Associated Press
By day, Kristie Phillips is a freshman honor student. At sunrise, sunset and on weekends, the 14-year-old tumbles and trains to become America's next Olympic gymnastics gold medalist. "I just enjoy it," Phillips says of her tortuous schedule of up to 40 hours a week at the gym. Life is routine: At the gym by 7 a.m. for two hours of tumbling, dance and vaulting, then off to school. By 5 p.m., back at the gym for four more hours of the same.
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May 22, 1988
American gymnast Julissa Gomez, 15, paralyzed while warming up for a meet in Tokyo earlier this month, left for the United States aboard a U.S. military plane. Gomez is in critical condition and has slipped into a coma.
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